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Brainy foods

Updated on June 9, 2016

Almonds

Almonds are the richest source of nutrients which helps in the growth of the human brain and have also connected with a higher intellectual level. Almonds also contain two vital brain nutrients, vitamin G and L-carnitine, which have been shown to increase brain activity, resulting in new neural pathways and a decreased occurrence of Alzheimer's disease. It aids in the formation of new neurons and repair the damaged ones. Almonds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that facilitate the formation of DHA. It contains bioactive polyphenols which serve as antioxidants. Without sufficient stores of antioxidants, your brain cells are likely to go down, making you more susceptible to memory loss as you get older. In accession to that, almonds are also loaded with nutrients like vitamin B6, which promotes brain health and vitamin E that slows down the ageing of brain cells that impact memory.

Blueberries

Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may dilute the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Blueberries may also prove capable of helping humans whose minds have been damaged by a loss of blood flow and the critical oxygen and nutrients it provides, a condition known as ischemia (one of the two principal causes of stroke). It is one of the most fertile sources of cancer-fighting antioxidant called flavonoids and contains a good amount of Vitamin C and E.

Walnuts

Walnuts contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folic acid, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Omega 3 helps to protect brain health in newborns, improve cognitive performance in adults, and prevent or ameliorate age-associated cognitive decline. Low omega-3 intake can be related to depression and cognitive degeneration, thus using walnuts in your diet will help you fight depression. It likewise helps to fight low blood pressure and insomnia. Taking high antioxidant food such as walnuts can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that comes with aging.

Brussel sprout

Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, tryptophan and essential omega fatty acids vital to healthy brain functioning. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the psyche and, thereby, preventing or at least delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Brussels sprouts may boost DNA repair in cells and hinder the growth of cancer cells.

Apple

Apples are plentiful in the antioxidant quercetin, which efficiently protects the brain cells from free radical damage to the outer lining of nerve cells. Get the most out of your apples by eating an apple a day with its skin as Quercetin, an antioxidant that is found mainly in the skin, has proven more effective than vitamin C in protecting the brain cells from oxidative damage. Apples contain a certain group of foods and compounds that could help protect the genius from the type of damage that triggers neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Flavanoids called quercetin have been show to protect the brain from oxidative injury.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains Vitamin K which helps to boost mind power. The potassium it contains helps the neural system and it aids in healing the brain itself in the case of an injury. A substance found in broccoli could help keep the integrity of a barrier protecting the brain following injury. The blood-brain barrier is a membrane structure that works primarily to protect the brain from harmful chemicals in the blood, while still allowing essential metabolic function.

Ginger

Ginger aids increase in storage, while brain oxidative stress gets reduced to regular consumption of ginger in diet. Ginger May Improve Brain Function and Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies indicate that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also improve brain function in elderly women. Ginger powder also helps to reduce migraine problem without the side effects and presence of antioxidants and other powerful compounds can fight inflammatory responses that happen in the brain.

Cabbage

The presence of Vitamin K and anthocyanins within cabbage can give a substantial boost to mental function and concentration. consuming vitamin K can improve your defense against neural degeneration. Kale is rich in iodine, which improves brain function and keeps the nervous system running. Iodine also helps prevent and care for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Some other food items

Watermelon
Watermelons are an excellent source of various vitamins. Vitamin B6, a nutrient present in watermelons is really respectable for your brain.

Salmon
Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are responsible for promoting cognitive function. It also boosts memory power when compared to same aged people.

Turmeric
Turmeric contains the ingredient curcumin, which is responsible for promoting brain function. Supplementing turmeric with curcumin helped patients restore some memory function.

Quinoa
Quinoa is full of nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin B6, iron, saturated fat, and potassium which is memory boosting ingredients.

Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts provide 100 percent of the recommended daily intake value for vitamin E in one 100 g serving. Vitamin E is responsible for preventing cognitive decline due to aging.

Celery

Celery is a rich source of luteolin, a plant compounds that may calm inflammation in your brain, which is a primary cause of neurodegeneration, it also reduces age related memory loss.

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