What you eat could make you smarter. Surprised? Don’t be. Research shows that certain nutrients can fuel your brainpower, helping increase memory and mental agility.
These foods work best when you eat them as part of a healthy diet.
Oily fish (such as sardines, cod, herrings and mackerel) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which helps lower the risk of developing dementia and protects the central nervous system.
Nuts are the vegetarian alternative to fish. All nuts, but especially walnuts, are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds also contain substances that improve mood, while pecans are great for improving mental clarity and memory. Nuts are also rich in vitamin E, which helps slow down age-related cognitive decline.
Berries are rich in antioxidants, which help prevent free radical damage. Free radicals damage your cells, aging them and in the process causing a decline in memory and mental function.
Blueberries in particular are excellent to fight age-related memory loss. Tip: Make berries even healthier by dipping them in dark chocolate, another great source of antioxidants.
According to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, choline is essential for cognitive function. Lack of choline in your diet can lead to memory loss and speed up the development of dementia in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Other excellent sources of choline include liver and wheat germ.
Apples contain quercetin, a flavonoid that protects brain cells from free radical damage. Quercetin is being studied as a potential treatment aid for schizophrenia, chronic fatigue syndrome and brain function.
Toasted wheat germ
Probably not a very common in many kitchen, wheat germ is surprisingly versatile. You can buy it in small packs and sprinkle it on top of salads or vegetables for a touch of flavor and a lot of nutritional benefits.
Toasted wheat germ is rich in zinc, which can help improve memory and has a significant impact on learning capabilities. In fact, zinc is essential to slow down the cognitive decline that comes with age.