Yesterday, Practical Health Today readers discovered three of the best foods to eat for better brainpower. The response was great. Then again, we did tell people to eat more chocolate… so we should’ve seen it coming.
Still, as great as those foods are when it comes to boosting brainpower… they aren’t the only ones that can help. In fact, there are three other foods you should eat more of if you want a brain that feels younger, faster and sharper.
Coffee. If you aren’t already starting your morning with a cup of it, you may want to. The brain benefits go way beyond feeling a bit more alert.
A recent study found that the caffeine in coffee may increase your brain’s ability to store and use information. It does this by triggering entropy, a type of complex brain activity. Higher entropy levels allow the brain to process more information. The antioxidant content doesn’t hurt, either. This may be why one study linked lifelong coffee consumption to lower risk of brain problems later in life.
If you don’t already, try to drink organic varieties. Skip the creamer and sugar, too. If you can’t drink your coffee black, try adding unsweetened almond milk and stevia.
Berries. Like dark chocolate, they’re high in antioxidants called flavonoids. They include anthocyanin, caffeic acid, catechin and quercetin, to name a few. These antioxidants support your brain by fighting oxidative stress. Research shows they can improve communication between brain cells and even prevent age-related cognitive decline later in life.
In terms of brain benefits, not all berries are created equal. Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are among the best. If you’re going to eat them, make sure to go organic. Studies show organic produce has up to 20% higher antioxidant content than their conventionally grown counterparts. They also contain significantly fewer pesticides and heavy metals.
Nuts. They may be nature’s perfect snack. That’s because nuts are packed with healthy fats and antioxidants that boost brainpower. A recent study found that people who ate more nuts in their diet had better brain function as they got older. One reason for this could be that nuts are rich in vitamin E. It protects brain cells from oxidative stress. Research shows vitamin E doesn’t just make your brain work better. It may also help delay, or even prevent, age-related cognitive decline later in life.
What are some of the best nuts for brain health? As a general rule, avoid roasted and salted varieties. Raw, organic nuts are always your best choice. If you can find them, it’s hard to beat raw almonds and walnuts.
Almonds are packed with antioxidant power thanks to their high vitamin E content. And a recent study found that people who ate 30 to 60 walnuts a day performed better on cognitive tests.
Any one of these foods could help give your brain a boost. When you add all of them to your daily diet, the results could be even better.