Brain Food 101

Summer is almost over, but don’t be discouraged! August begins the fun challenge of fueling our brains. With kids heading back to school and family summer vacations coming to an end, now is the time to focus on building brain power. How to do this you might ask? Well, starting with the perfect foods to get your brain cells pumping is just the ticket!

Here is our quick guide to Brain Food 101:

#1 Dark leafy greens

Kale, collard greens, spinach, and broccoli are good sources of vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein and folate. Studies have found that vitamin k, lutein and folate are helping keep the brain healthy.

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Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150330112227.htm

#2 Beets

This root vegetable boosts brain power according to Scientists at Wake Forest University. Beets can increase blood flow to the brain thus improving mental performance.

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Source: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

#3 Eggs

Eggs, but more specifically the yolks of the egg are the leading source of choline. Choline is a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in helping you remember things like where you left the car keys. Eating protein-rich foods like eggs for breakfast can improve overall cognitive performance, according to Swiss researchers.

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Source: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

#4 Fish

Fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  In the brain, tends to be very important for the normal functioning of neurons.

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Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20434658,00.html

#5 Avocado

A rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E, avocados are also high in vitamin C which is associated with lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

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Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20434658_5,00.html

#6 Berries

Blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries help put the brakes on age-related cognitive deterioration and help rid toxic proteins associated with age-related memory loss.

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Christine Jackson

Christine is the Marketing Manger for WP Rawl. She loves to spend time with her growing family, is a morning kale smoothie lover, and secretly wishes she could be Jennifer Lopez's body double.