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6 Foods to Strengthen Your Brain

Your brain is like any muscle, it needs to be exercised and it needs proper nutrients.  You may be a whiz while watching Jeopardy, and read multiple books a month, but did you know what you eat also affects your brain?  Below is a list of the top 6 foods that will supercharge your brain.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is a great item to use to not only cook with, but add flavor to your salads, breads and more. There are rich polyphenols in olive oil, which are known to be brain protective antioxidants.

Coconut Oil
Some research suggests that coconut oil should be part of a brain-boosting diet because it enhances the ability of neurons to use energy while also reducing the production of damaging free radicals.  Cooking tip; next time you are making popcorn on the stove, consider using coconut oil to provide that extra heat to pop the kernels.  The smell and flavor will make you never go back to plain oils again.

Wild Salmon
This fish is a great source of omega-3 oil, which plays an important part in the health of brain cells. Some studies suggest that it may slow age-related mental decline and help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  Make sure to get your fish from a reputable fishmonger  and remember quality is always more important than saving money.

Blueberries
This berry is a good brain-stimulating food, since it is packed with protective antioxidants. Blueberries are also helpful in reducing inflammation, which has been associated with degenerative brain conditions. Animal studies have shown that blueberries delay short-term memory loss.

Eggs
Breakfast’s best friend, eggs are an excellent source of nutrients for your brain. Rich in a chemical that supports neurotransmitters, but is also important because they contain cholesterol, an important part of brain cell membranes.

Broccoli
This green vegetable is high in sulforaphane, which is a detoxification aid. It also helps reduce inflammation and control damaging free radicals. broccoli can be prepared in so many different ways.  You can grill, steam, or even pour a little cheddar cheese over broccoli.

What are some of your favorite healthy foods?

Nick Eugenis
Nick Eugenis is the Digital Content Specialist at Beltone. Nick supports the digital marketing efforts of Beltone along with providing assistance to various Beltone locations throughout North America. He spends his free time with his wife, daughter and Shiba Inu named “Hachi”.

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