5 Foods That Supercharge Your Brain

Do you ever have days where fatigue pervades and you’d do anything for mere ray of energy? According to womenshealth.gov, you aren’t alone. A staggering 1 million Americans suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but fewer than 20 percent of these cases have been diagnosed.

While there are many factors to consider regarding this stark statistic, poor diet is likely to be a huge component. The abundance of sugary, caffeinated, and processed foods that Americans consume deprive the brain of the nutrients it needs to be awake, sharp, and highly functioning.

5 Foods That Supercharge Your Brain

Here are 5 foods that you should integrate into your diet to promote a healthy lifestyle and optimal energy.

avocado - super food Avocados: These delectable green fruits are not only delicious, they also do your brain a huge service. The mono-saturated fats in avocados work wonders in improving blood flow and reducing blood pressure. Healthy blood flow is one of the key components to healthy brain functionality. Because these fruits are high in calories and fats, aim to add no more than 1/2 an avocado to your favorite dish.
Blueberry - super food Blueberries: These yummy treats have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits. These antioxidants eliminate free-radicals that damage DNA and cell structures. There is also new evidence that blueberries improve memory, eye health, and have anti-cancer benefits.
quinoa - super food Whole Grains: Like avocados, whole grains, such as oats, quinoa, whole wheat breads, brown rice, and amaranth are conducive for a healthy heart. Given that all organs work in synergy, cardiovascular health inevitably improves blood flow to the brain, increasing its functionality and health. Instead of starting your morning with a cream cheese danish and coffee, try a bowl of whole grain oats with blueberries.
salmon - super food Salmon: Salmon is rich with omega-3 fatty acids which are a necessity for inflammation reduction and overall brain health. Given the high levels of mercury in salmon, consume it no more than 3 times per week.
nuts-seeds-super food Seeds and Nuts: Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and peanuts are packed with Vitamin E, which improves memory and overall cognitive health. You don’t have to limit your consumption to raw seeds to reap the benefits of this food–you can also consume in the form of nut butters and tahini (great in salads).

Next time you cannot shake that midday slump or chronic fatigue, consider how your diet could be affecting your brain fitness. Toss out that coffee and consume foods rich in nutrients that promote a healthy lifestyle and keep your brain on its toes.

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