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Fitness and motivation, Health and happiness / September 27, 2016

5 Science Backed Foods To Boost Your Brain Power

Eating well doesn't just benefit us physically, our brains need just as much looking after. Check out these 5 brain boosting foods.

1.Blueberries

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It's a pretty bold claim, but Researchers At Tufts University found that the consumption of blueberries may reverse memory loss. The study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that when rats consumed an extract of blueberries, strawberries and spinach on a daily basis, they showed improvements in short-term memory, but only the blueberry extract improved balance and coordination. 

Try them sprinkled on your porridge or yoghurt or on their own as a simple and healthy snack. 

2. Dark Chocolate

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A little bit of what you fancy does you good, and this is certainly true for dark chocolate. A 2006 study found that eating a portion of chocolate every day can improve blood flow to the brain, due to the presence of cocoa flavanols, plant based nutrients that are naturally occurring in cocoa. 

3.Oily Fish

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Our bodies are pretty amazing, but there are still things they can't do. One of the things the body is unable to do is produce essential fatty acids, which are important for healthy brain function, joints and the heart. Salmon, trout, herring and mackerel all contain effective omega-3 fats. If you're a vegetarian then you can find these fats in flaxseeds and walnuts. 

4.Broccoli

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Broccoli contains vitamin K which has been found to improve brainpower. A scientific study has found that the glucosinolates found in broccoli can slow the breakdown of acetylcholine, which allows the central nervous system to perform properly and keeps our brains and memories sharp.

5.Sunflower Seeds/Pumpkin Seeds

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Not only do both types of seeds contain a rich mix of protein, omega fatty acids and B vitamins. They also contain tryptophan, which the brain converts into serotonin to boost your mood and combat anxiety and depression. A portion of seeds can also provide your daily recommended amount of zinc, which can help enhance memory. 

 

Tags: Fitness and motivation, Health and happiness

Laura

Written by Laura

After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness for our Movers and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...

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