Amongst its vast functions, the brain stores data in the form of images, texts, and concepts. The focus is an important element to acquire this information and in turn retrieve it especially during examination period where what you have learned is put to the test. The brain has 60% fat; the brain’s neuron lacks glucose storage ability and operates even when we are asleep. Therefore, it requires regular replenishment. Dark chocolate, coconut oil, green leafy vegetables, salmon, egg yolk, walnuts, rosemary, and avocado, make our list of brain foods.
· Dark chocolate
I should probably mention that the dark chocolate mentioned here is the one that has undergone minimal processing with at least 70% cocoa. Cocoa has antioxidants, flavonoids that boost blood flow to the brain thus increasing alertness and problem-solving skills. It also goes to the hippocampus responsible for learning and memory and elevating its functions. Dark chocolate contains caffeine that also keeps you alert and awake. I personally love 85% dark chocolate!
· Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains middle-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that break down to ketones and fuel the brain to boost brain operations. Coconut oil prevents memory loss and brain disease like Alzheimer’s. Coconut oil can be used in cooking.
· Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables include kales and spinach. Green leafy vegetables slow mental deterioration. Factored in this group are vitamins A and K which prevents chronic inflammation and keeps bones strong, chronic inflammation causes high blood pressure which can cause rupture of arterial walls resulting in internal bleeding.
To spice up your menu, you need a serving of oily fish. It’s been noted that salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids which facilitate smooth running of the brain operations thus boosting memory. If you need further convincing, salmon improves your toddler’s focus, prevents cancer and kills the brain tumor.
· Egg yolk
Choline, a content of egg yolk, has an important role in prenatal brain development. To add to its value as a brain food, egg yolk has a hand in the production of happy hormones reducing stress levels. A healthy human should not worry about egg yolk regarding increasing their cholesterol levels as only the good cholesterol levels are increased. If you are vegan, you can’t the benefits of these fats in vegan omega- 3.
Walnuts contain fatty acids that are good for the brain like omega 3 and 6 together with vitamins E and B6. Vitamin E prevents dementia and boosts brain functions. Daily consumption of walnuts in small quantities, after soaking overnight for at least for 8 hours will eliminate phytic acid present in nuts.
Avocado is a fruit that can be juiced or incorporated in baking. Armed with foliate, vitamins B, vitamin C, and vitamin K, this fruit’s benefits outweigh its infamous fattening reputation. Avocado prevents blood clotting which can result in a stroke. Most importantly is its memory boosting and concentration charm.
Rosemary adds an aroma to tea or coffee. Astonishingly, is that the aroma boosts reasoning and memory abilities. It boosts energy, blood flow to the brain and mood. It also rejuvenates the skin, detoxifies the body and is an antioxidant.