5 Foods to Boost Brain Health
Supporting brain health means taking a look at the foods we eat each and every day. Nutrition plays a huge role in how our brains function, so we need to make sure that we are fueling our brain with the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
If you’ve ever experienced chronic brain fog or just an inability to concentrate when you skip a meal, then you have experienced what it is like to need to fuel your brain with nutrients! It’s easy for us to forget that just like every other part of our body needs food to function, our brains do as well. Plus, with nearly 60% of our brain made up of fat, it is so important to make sure that we are giving our brain the fat it needs as well.
Let’s take a look at the top five foods you can add to your diet to boost brain health.
#1 Wild-Caught Salmon: Wild-caught salmon is one of the most well-known brain-boosting foods out there, and this has to do with its omega-3 fatty acid content. Omega-3’s are essential fatty acids, meaning that the body cannot produce them on its own. We need to obtain these fats from our diet. Wild-caught salmon happens to be an excellent source of omega-3’s to help support brain health, but it is also rich in vitamin D which is another important brain-boosting vitamin.
#2 Avocados: Another excellent way to add healthy fat to your diet is by enjoying avocados. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats as well as folate and B vitamins. Try adding avocado to your smoothies or salads to give your body and brain a nice dose of healthy fat.
#3 Blueberries: Blueberries are excellent for brain health since they are so rich in antioxidants which can be very protective for both the brain and the body. Blueberries are also super easy to add into the diet and make for a delicious snack or oatmeal topper.
#4 Dark Chocolate: As if we need an excuse to enjoy chocolate, dark chocolate has been found to hold some brain-boosting health benefits. The trick here is to stick to unsweetened 70% or greater dark chocolate, not the chocolate bars you would find at the checkout line at the grocery store. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can help support brain health and has even been found to help support a happier mood! It’s a win, win. Plus, enjoying a small piece of dark chocolate after dinner is always a welcome treat.
#5 Plant-Based Omega-3’s: We have already talked about the importance of adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet for brain health, but you can get omega-3’s from plant-based sources as well. Things like walnuts, flax, and chia seeds are all excellent sources and make great brain-boosting foods to add to your diet.
Supporting your brain with nutrition is the perfect way to safeguard your brain health for the future. The best thing about adding these foods to your diet is that they hold a whole host of health benefits, so adding them to your diet will do your entire body some good. Give them a try and see if your focus, memory, and mood improves.
Written by: Rebecca Jacobs, a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant who specializes in women’s health, gut health, and food sensitivities.