We all want to stay sharp and alert every day, for our families, our jobs and for healthy ageing. Our brain is one of our most valuable tools and we use it every day so it's important to feed our brain with healthy, nutritious foods that will help sustain us all day.
Here are our top 5 brain food to help improve and enhance your memory and concentration both in the short and long term. You'll be pleasantly surprised, as it's not just all the boring healthy stuff. Try and include some or all of these foods in your diet every day for a healthier and sharper brain.
1. Raw Nuts and Seeds
Raw nuts and seeds contain high amounts of Omega oils and Vitamin E which are integral in preventing a decline in cognition as we age. Prevention of conditions such as Alzheimers Disease begins much earlier in life but ensuring that we consume a diet high in good fats and oils as well as antioxidants.
2. Oily Fish
It has long been known that the Omega 3 fatty acids in deep sea oily fish can help to improve your memory and concentration. The EPA and more specifically the DHA contained in oily fish can not be produced easily by the body from any other food source. Low DHA has been linked to loss of memory and the development of Alzheimers. Consuming oily fish a few times per week can help to increase brain levels of DHA and has many other health benefits relating to heart, joints, inflammation and cholesterol.
A powerful antioxidant in tomatoes called Lycopene has been ability to protect the body and the brain from damaging free radicals. Combating free radical damage can help reduce your risk of developing degenerative conditions of the brain and body, such as dementia.
To help enhance your cognitive function and improve your brain power, why not try a big bowl of broccoli. It's a superfood, rich in Vitamin K, Choline, Vitamin A and a whole range of other vitamins and minerals and help your brain to function at its peak. Choline help with memory recall so you can remember and retrieve all those valuable stored memories when you need them. You'll never forget where you left the keys again!
5. Dark Chocolate
Now I know this is what you've all been waiting to hear. Now just take note that we are not saying that Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate can improve your brain function, in fact quite the opposite. High sugar chocolate will mess with your blood sugar levels and actually impair your memory recall. But some good quality, organic dark chocolate or Raw Cacao can help improve cognition and concentration. The high levels of Theobromine can help to improve you memory, mood and focus. Great for those late night study crams or late nights at the office.