It’s usually our stomach that makes most of the food decisions and we rarely think about feeding our brain. However, the foods we eat can have a huge impact on our brain and eating the right food can have both a short and long term positive effect on brain function.
The brain, in fact, uses 20 per cent of the body’s calories and it’s important you fuel it with the right food, so here’s the six top foods for a healthy brain:
Oily Fish 多脂鱼类
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Oily fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids that works wonders on healthy brain function. It’s been scientifically linked to increased blood flow to the brain, which contributes to better cognition, or thinking abilities. So on your next office lunch break crack open a can (of tuna)!
Dark Chocolate 黑巧克力
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In case you’ve been looking for an excuse to eat more chocolate – here it is! Dark chocolate contains cacao (more commonly known as cocoa), which has high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids. Science shows that it encourages blood vessel growth in parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
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These mini trees of joy and nutrients are cheap, delicious and great for the brain. Having broccoli in your diet can reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of neurode-generative diseases. It also contains antioxidants that can further boost your brain health.
Nuts and Seeds 坚果谷物类
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If you’re not a fan of fishy fish then not to worry, nuts and seeds contain the same Omega-3 fatty acids as oily fish. They’re also a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin-E, which protects cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals, whatever that means. Basically, eat more nuts, they’re good for your brain.
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Avocados are a delicious superfood that Millenials are absolutely crazy about – and rightly so. It’s a great source of healthful unsaturated fats that support the brain by reducing high blood pressure, which may lower the risk of cognitive decline.
Like dark chocolate berries also contain flavonoid antioxidants. Aswell, as those fancy flavonoids, they also contain other compounds that have many positive effects on the brain, including increasing plasticity, which helps brain cells form new connections, boosting learning and memory.
Talk about food for thought! What’s your favourite brain food? Let us know in the comments below!