Need a mental pick-me-up? Ecosalon's list of the 20 best foods for your brain can fuel your mind with quality fats, antioxidants and fibre.
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There are eight foods you should eat every day for overall health — spinach, yoghurt, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, black beans, walnuts and oats. With the exception of spinach, yoghurt and carrots, these foods are also great, specifically, for your brain.
For more choices to supercharge your brain and sustain you through the day, consider also: avocado, wild salmon, nuts, seeds, coffee, pomegranate, brown rice, tea, chocolate, oysters, olive oil, tuna, garlic, eggs, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and cacao nibs.
For each option, the article provides reasons why the food is a great for your brain and what green (e.g. organic) options are recommended. For blueberries, for example:
These delicious berries are one of the best foods for you, period, but they're very good for your brain as well. Since they're high in fibre and low on the glycemic index, they are safe for diabetics and they do not spike blood sugar. Blueberries are possibly the best brain food on earth: they have been linked to reduced risk for Alzheimer's, shown to improve learning ability and motor skills in rats, and they are one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat. Avoid: dried, sweetened blueberries.
Green it: buy local and organic, and be mindful of seasonality. When blueberries are out of season, opt for cranberries, grapes, goji berries, blackberries or cherries to get your brain boost.
Eat some of these foods daily or weekly for best results.
Top 20 Best Foods for Your Brain [Ecosalon]