Did you know that what you eat can help you maintain a healthy brain by optimizing its function and improving your memory? If you aren’t sure where to start, here are the brain-boosting foods you should eat every day, plus some ideas for incorporating them into your meals.
Salmon and other fatty fish such as tuna and mackerel are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids. What does this mean for your brain, you ask? Without a diet rich in omega-3s, a human brain cannot function to its best potential. Salmon is incredibly versatile and works with many flavours (case in point: this Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Salmon makes the perfect weeknight meal). If fresh fish isn’t available, canned salmon is a convenient way to incorporate more of this healthy food into your diet.
Don’t ditch your java habit just yet! Research shows that coffee drinkers reduce their odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, so don’t be afraid to enjoy a warm cup of coffee at your home coffee station in the morning. Not a coffee drinker? Try this Healthy Chocolate Tahini Coffee Granola instead.
Eating blackberries can help the brain soak up new information. The fruit contains polyphenols that encourage communication between neurons, allowing the brain to be more open to learning new things. Add some to your morning yogurt or serve them as part of a simple dessert like Anna Olson’s Peach Blackberry Trifles. Here are more berry delicious recipes to try
Turmeric has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and depression. In studies, the vibrant yellow spice has been shown to improve memory function and help clear amyloid plaques in people with Alzheimer’s disease. For those with depression, it can help boost mood-improving serotonin and dopamine. It may even aid in the growth of new brain cells. Add it to a curry or whip up this cool and refreshing Easy Cold-Busting Citrus Smoothie Recipe.