We’ve already learnt about all the foods that benefit your lungs, but today we’re moving upwards to learn about that foods that give you a brainpower boost! Making a conscious effort to ingest these staples may help cognitive functioning and leave you feeling mentally on top!
PUMPKIN SEEDS! Just a handful of these little green nutritional gems is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.
SPINACH! We’ve all been told to eat our greens, and now there’s science to back it up. The green leafy vegetable is loaded with vitamins C and E, which, studies have shown, help to improve cognitive abilities.
FISH! Especially varieties of salmon, tuna and sardines. Studies have shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help slow typical cognitive decline that comes with age. They are good for healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general wellbeing. Oily fish contains EPA and DHA in a ready-made form, which enables the body to use it easily
A 2005 study in the journal Archives of Neurology found that people 65 and older who ate two meals of fish a week for six years had a 13 percent decrease in cognitive decline, compared with people who didn’t eat any fish regularly. And people who ate one meal of fish a week had a 10 percent decrease in cognitive decline.
WALNUTS! These nutty babies contain very high amounts of antioxidants, which some researchers say may combat the damage to brain cells’ DNA caused by free radicals in our bodies.
COFFEE! If you’re trying to kick your java habit you might want to reconsider. A recent Finnish study of 1,400 longtime coffee drinkers reveals that people who sipped between three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s reduced their odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 65 percent compared with those who downed fewer than two cups a day.