It’s no secret that our modern lifestyle has given us virtually no chance to relax. From the moment we wake up until the moment we finally put our cell phones aside to sleep – our brain is constantly bombarded with information and tasks. And the number of times in a week we let our brains lay down and recharge are rare enough that we can easily count them on our fingers. It is no surprise that the number of cognitive diseases and brain health issues has increased in recent times. And while reducing screen time, meditation, relaxation and exercise are some of the things we can incorporate into our lifestyle, it is important to realize that food also plays a major role in improving and enhancing our brain health. .
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Fruits, vegetables and nuts have always been included in a healthy and nutritious diet, but did you know that there are many other ingredients that can improve brain functioning? Here is a list of common foods that can help you improve brain health.
Here are 5 common foods that can help improve brain health:
If you’re a chocolate fan, we have some great news for you! A recent study has shown that consuming chocolate can be beneficial for your brain health. Cocoa beans contain some small molecules called flavonols. According to research published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, these molecules are said to improve brain agility. Remember to consume more dark chocolate than regular or white chocolate as it has a higher amount of flavonoids. Read more about it here.
2. Orange :
Another fruit that is rich in flavonoids is the orange. Homemade fresh unadulterated orange juice is said to improve cognitive function. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that adults who participated in a research in which they were asked to drink orange juice daily showed an overall improvement in global cognitive functioning. Read more about it here.
Yes, that cup of morning tea that we all love can have many more benefits than we know. Although adding various ingredients like ginger and black pepper to tea has its own benefits, the tea itself has been shown to be beneficial for brain functioning. One study specifically looked at the effect of regular consumption of tea on our brain structure. The study noted that regular tea drinkers may have an advantage over non-drinkers, in that their brain structure may be better. Read more about it here.
Drinking tea may improve brain health
4. Fish :
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish have many benefits, from heart problems to skin and hair health, with the healthy fats from fish included in almost all types of healthy diets. However, studies have proven that adding fish to your diet can also improve brain health. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine claims that adding fish to your weekly diet can be beneficial for your brain cells. Along with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin-E, fish contains certain antioxidants that may help ward off the risk of dementia.
Fish may help improve brain health
5. Leafy Vegetables:
Since ancient times, we have been repeatedly asked to include green vegetables in our diet. In addition to being a storehouse of various nutrients and health benefits, vegetables like broccoli, kale and spinach also help fight cognitive damage. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology says that green vegetables contain vitamin K, beta-carotene, folate and lutein which play a big role in keeping our brain healthy.
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These are some of the foods that you can include in your diet for better brain health.
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