BEST FOODS TO BOOST MENTAL HEALTH

Enough Google-ing on what kinds of foods helps us lose that belly fat. Its time to pay some attention to get that “summer brain-bod” back into shape. Here are some easily accessible foods that can improve brain function and memory which are both TASTY and HEALTHY.

NUTS
Vitamin E is the main show here and nuts in particular tend to contain tons of these. Studies have shown that Vitamin E are proven to prevent the degradation of cognitive abilities such as Alzheimer’s disease by trapping something called “Free radicals” which are the main cause of damaged brain cells. But that’s not all, adding a healthy dosage of nuts into your diet will improve the health of your heart as well. Almonds, cashews, pistachios, and peanuts are just some of the nuts that are linked to a decline in cardiovascular diseases.
In a NUT shell, that’s killing 2 birds with 1 stone!


EGGS
Pretty much the symbol of a complete breakfast. These choline-(similar to Vitamin B)rich nutrients are found in the yolks of eggs. Do your brain a favour and don’t just eat the whites. Upon consumption of egg yolks, your body replenishes choline which is the basic fuel for the creation of neurotransmitters that are important for memory apprehension and communication among brain cells.

WINE & CHAMPAGNE
No, this is not an excuse for you to get drunk. Too much of the same thing can harm you more than do you good, which is exactly why drinking in moderation is actually good for your mind. Antioxidants called Epigallocatechin gallate, or ECCG in short, are found in wines and green tea (for those of you anti-alcoholics) and halts proteins called beta-amyloid from harming brain cells. Additionally, these antioxidants are found to also block proteins that contribute to the construction of plagues that negatively affects the health of brain tissues.
Just remember when you drink, don’t drive. You wouldn’t want that brain of yours to go to waste.

SALMON
You might have guessed it, OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS! Salmons are well-known for being rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which is why it makes the list. According to research done by New York Times, smaller brain volume and lower mental performance are linked closely with levels of omega 3 found in the system. Apart from salmon, cold-water fishes such as tuna and Atlantic mackerel also contains omega 3 and are known to improve the mental power of young adults as well as improve brain cell retention.


COFFEE
Apart from giving you sleepless nights, this good’ol cuppa improves reaction times and improves near-term memory retention. Research has shown that the effect of caffeine resulted in improved scores in memory tests, which could also be linked to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In moderate amounts, coffee may sometimes even relieve headaches and help prevent Parkinson’s disease. However, too much of this may cause hyper sensitivity and irritation.

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