The things you eat enter your bloodstream and flow to the brain, so inevitably they affect the way you think, feel, and work. With the right ingredients, you can boost brain power by as much as 20%, according to the World Health Organization.
Berries have potent combinations of antioxidants that improve both memory and motor coordination. Berries eaten with oil-rich walnuts or avocados keep brain cell membranes “youthfully flexible.”
A banana holds the daily amount of glucose needed for your brain – Researcher Leigh Gibson found that “the brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream — about the amount found in a banana.
Eggs contain a fat-like B vitamin called choline that enhances memory and reaction time.
Salmon has omega-3s, protein, iron and B-vitamins, which support memory, recall, reasoning and focus.
Eating aubergine will keep your brain “sharp by enhancing communication between our brain cells and messenger molecules.”
Caffeine found in coffee improves memory and even “protects against eyelid spasm” (for those who are staring at computers all day). It’s also rich with antioxidants and amino acids.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidant properties that “increase the production of endorphins while enhancing focus and concentration,” whereas milk chocolate is good for quickening reaction time and improving verbal and visual memory.
Green tea, which has neuroprotective effects (helps the nervous system).
Yogurt also does wonders — it has protein, tons of minerals, and probiotics which help the digestive system.
Dark leafy greens are probably the best thing you could eat. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Iron, for example, helps bring more oxygen to the body (and brain), and improves cognitive control.
Raw carrots will give you a steady level of blood sugar your brain needs to function optimally.
Whole grains like brown rice are filled with vitamins and magnesium, which also improves cognitive health.
The antioxidants in hot cocoa protect brain cells from oxidative stress.
Garlic contains strong antibacterial and antiviral compounds that help shake off stress-induced colds and infections.