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					Top 10 Foods to Enhance Your Brain




         By Daniel Harper


  http://ezhealthmanagement.com/blog/
Finding yourself unable to focus at work, having trouble memorizing things, or just plainly suspecting yourself
of being mentally challenged? Before you visit a psychiatrist or drown in self-pity, try observing your diet first
and find out if you just lack the proper nutrients your brain needs. Below are the top 10 foods that can give
your brain some well-deserved boost.




    1. Nuts– These small but flavorful friends helped me during my school days. Nuts contain protein,
    lots of fiber, healthy fats, and plenty of vitamins B, E, and Magnesium. These nutrients help you
    improve cognitive functions, clear your brain to help you think clearer, and enhances good mood.
    Almonds, filberts, hazelnuts, cashews, and walnuts are great choices to start with.
2. Eggs– There’s a reason why eggs are commonly prepared during breakfast. Aside from being a
good source of protein, vitamins and minerals, eggs also contain a nutrient called choline which helps
boost memory, and selenium which is proven to improve your mood.




3. Berries– Berries in their natural form are well known to contain tons of antioxidants that enhance
your brain by maintaining neurons and boosting their signals which results to improved cognition,
coordination and memory. Adding berries into your daily diet also helps in preventing age-related
conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Good choices are Acai berries, blueberries and
strawberries.
4. Green Tea– Have you noticed that when you’re subjected to a lot of mental stress it becomes more
difficult for you to perform more tasks and put out more creativity? One effective way to relax the
body and regain mental strength is to drink green tea. Green tea contains catechines which helps relax
the brain and maintain focus. It also helps in maintaining positive mood states and prevents mental
disorders.




5. Chocolate– This should be wonderful news for all chocoholics. Dark chocolate contains
antioxidants and natural stimulants such as serotonin and dopamine which enhances brain functions
and promotes good mood. It also contains high levels of flavanol epicatechin which improves blood
flow to the brain resulting to better cognitive skills. Combine chocolate with nuts and berries for a
healthier and more effective combination. Before you indulge in such sweet temptation, please
remember that moderation is the key.
6. Tuna– Particularly Yellow Fin tuna contains omega 3s and the highest level of vitamin B6 than
   any food. These nutrients improve intellectual health by optimizing electrical signal processes in
   the brain and making brain membranes flexible.




7. Wholegrain foods– Whole grain breads, cereals, and barley are good examples as they contain
vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid which improve blood flow to the brain that helps in maintaining good
memory.
8. Tomatoes– Tomatoes contain a natural antioxidant called lycopene which helps prevent brain
degeneration and slows down the aging process. Make sure that you include tomatoes in your
everyday diet for a healthier brain and body.




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9. Seeds– Sunflower and pumpkin seeds can improve your mood and boost your brainpower.
Sunflower seeds contain amino acid called tryptophan that the brain converts to serotonin, a natural
chemical that relieves mild depression and insomnia. Pumpkin seeds are rich in nutrients such as Zinc,
Vitamin A and E, as well as Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, everything that the brain needs.
    10. Coffee – Most working adults cannot function during the day without a dose of caffeine in their
    body. But aside from being a popular morning booster, coffee also contains antioxidants, vitamins and
    minerals. Caffeine in coffee has also been seen to improve memory creation and retention. But like
    chocolate, coffee should be taken in moderation.

I hope this top 10 list helped you in feeding your brain and boosting your mental toughness. Remember that
food alone cannot make you totally healthy. Proper diet combined with sufficient physical and mental workout
is the key to good health.



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                                                or infirmity”



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