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Top 5 Brain-Boosting Foods

Proper nutrition is crucial in recovery. Our brains are beginning to heal from the effects of addiction. There are some foods that may provide certain neurological benefits to aid us in this process. Here are 5 foods that can help boost your memory, focus, and other cognitive abilities.

Fish

Specifically, fatty fish like salmon and trout. These types of fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to enhance mental performance. A 2014 study in Human Psychopharmacology found that participants who took Omega-3 supplementation had better cognitive performance and their brains worked ‘less hard’ than other participants who had not taken Omega-3 supplements. Conversely, not getting enough Omega-3 is linked with depression. Omega-3 also has been shown to increase the gray matter in our brain, which is responsible for memory and decision-making processes.

Broccoli

Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and choline. All of which help keep the brain sharp. Choline is an essential nutrient for brain development and has been proven to help with memory. A 2011 Reuters article, “Choline-Rich Diet Tied to Sharper Memory”, explains, “the nutrient is a precursor to the brain chemical acetylcholine, which plays a key role in memory and other cognitive functions; low acetylcholine levels are associated with Alzheimer‘s.” Vitamin K has also been shown to have a strong correlation with brain functioning and memory. In addition, Vitamin K can strengthen bones, improve the cardiovascular system, and help stave off illness by improving immune system functioning and fighting inflammation.

Blueberries

Studies have shown that blueberries are strongly linked with improved memory. Blueberries contain compounds called anthocyanins that have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are even able to improve short-term memory problems, as well as prevent degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s later in life. Keep an eye out for the darker red or purple varieties, as they contain higher levels of anthocyanins.

Avocados

Avocados contain many of the same brain enhancing compounds as blueberries. They are also rich in monosaturated fats that contribute to healthy blood flow to the brain. Avocados have even been shown to prevent diseases such as diabetes and to help maintain healthy blood pressure. The incorporation of avocado into your diet can help improve memory and concentration, as well as provide essential vitamins and nutrients.

Chocolate

It doesn’t always have to be boring health food! Chocolate contains a variety of brain-boosting compounds. Flavonoids, in the form of epicatechin, are rich in antioxidants. According to the NIH, “They enter the brain and induce widespread stimulation of brain perfusion. They also provoke angiogenesis, neurogenesis and changes in neuron morphology, mainly in regions involved in learning and memory. Epicatechin improves various aspects of cognition in animals and humans. Chocolate also induces positive effects on mood and is often consumed under emotional stress. In addition, flavonoids preserve cognitive abilities during ageing in rats, lower the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and decrease the risk of stroke in humans.” Obviously best in moderation, chocolate is a wonderful option to help boost brain abilities while also improving mood.

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