We’ve all had those moments when we can’t concentrate and our attention span is less than two seconds. When you feel this way, ask yourself this… have you consumed a lot of processed foods? You are TRULY what you eat. Instead of eating sugary foods or energy drinks, try these superfoods to boost your brain function.
The natural nitrates in beets can increase blood flow to the brain causing an increase in mental function. The best way to eat beets is to enjoy them raw by themselves or in a salad. If you prefer to cook them, try roasting the beets and topping them with your favorite seasonings.
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Flaxseeds provide a great serving of omega 3 fatty acids. You can find flaxseeds at your local grocery. Adding the recommended serving size of two tablespoons to your yogurt, oatmeal, fruit or cereal can help improve your attention span and boost your brain function.
Yerba mate enhances mood, memory and alertness. Consumers of this drink have reportedly felt more motivated, productive and mentally stimulated due to the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Yerba mate also provides a moderate caffeine boost without the interfering with sleep or causing jitters.
Egg yolks contain the nutrient choline, which aids in proper functioning of a brain chemical that increases memory recall. If you have an important exam, audition or anything that requires memory recall, eat two scrambled eggs for breakfast to possibly help remember what you studied.
Not only are whole grains great for heart health, they are also great for brain function. Whole grains digest slowly providing long-lasting energy. Our brains also feed off of the glucose that travels in our bloodstream increasing alertness.
Sage sharpens the mind. Research has shown when sage smelled or consumed, it can increase memory recall and retention. Adding sage to your diet can be subtle and an effective brain booster.
When you’re craving something on the savory side, try a handful of nuts. Cashews, peanuts, almonds or walnuts contain an amazing amount of vitamin E which is important for maintaining cognitive functions.
Acorn squash (winter squash) contains high levels of folic acid and Vitamin B12. These two essential components prevent nerve damage and brain shrinkage. To enjoy the full benefits of acorn squash, roast it and drizzle with honey.
These fatty fish are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Sardines are packed with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which has been linked to improved focus and memory.
Incorporate these superfoods in your diet and reap the rewards!