Brain-Boosting foods: Fuel your concentration and keep your mind sharp

Do you wake up feeling sluggish and full of fatigue? Is it a struggle to concentrate on a task longer than a few minutes?

Do you wake up feeling sluggish and full of fatigue? Is it a struggle to concentrate on a task longer than a few minutes?

While it's easy to blame it on age and lack of sleep, the answer to super-strength brain power could be staring at you from your breakfast, lunch or dinner plate.

We are what we eat, and if you stock up on foods rich in nutrients that fuel the brain with its essential vitamins, you're more likely to reap the brain-boosting benefits.

Tomato

Tomato’s contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.From wholegrain-packed breakfast choices, to oily fish and avocado for dinner, take a look at the super brain foods that feed your brain, fuel concentration and sharpen the mind.

Avocado

Avocados are a great source of 'healthy fats' as well as a good blood circulation booster. This is important when it comes to brain power, as it enhances the blood flow to the brain, maintaining healthy brain function.

Caffeine

Like sugar, caffeine perks up the brain but if you have too much, it can have negative effect on your mental state.

Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up feeling. But beware, the effects are short-term and if you overdo it, the brain can go into overdrive and make you more jittery than sharp thinking.

Broccoli

A great source of vitamin K, broccoli which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.

Oily Fish

The essential omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like sardines, herring, trout and mackerel, as well as walnut oil and flaxseeds (linseeds) - are high in Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a fatty acid crucial to maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. Fish also contains iodine, which is known to improve mental clarity.

For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly.

Nuts And Seeds

Nuts and seeds are great sources of antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less cognitive decline as you age.

A good intake of vitamin E is linked to preventing poor memory. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.

Pumpkin seeds are especially good for boosting brain power, as a handful a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.

Sugar

Sugar is the brain’s preferred fuel source, however before you reach for the table sugar, it’s glucose that your body needs.

The body metabolises glucose from the sugars and carbohydrates in food. That’s why a glass of something sweet offers a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and mental ability.

Too much sugar on the other hand, can result in impaired memory, so go easy on the sweet stuff and consume enough to boost your brain power.

Sage

An unlikely contender, the humble sage has long had a reputation for improving memory. Although its recommended to try sage oils, try and sprinkle some sage into your diet.

Vitamins

Folic acid and vitamin B12 help prevent homocysteine from building up in the body, which is higher in those with Alzheimer’s.

Vitamin B, C, E, beta-carotene, and magnesium are also good vitamins to stock up on when looking to boost brain power.

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