You know it's important to eat healthy food, but some foods in particular can really feed your brain - in other words, think of them as "brain boosters"!
- First on their list: Chewing gum! Even though it isn't exactly a food, researchers say chewing gum increases the flow of blood to your brain, and that stimulates your brain power! You'll work better and also reduce stress when you chew gum. Don't forget to go for sugarless!
- Berries. They're loaded with antioxidants that protect your brain cells, plus they'll perk you up on the job or at school. One little tip: Since they're packed at the peak of ripeness, frozen berries contain more antioxidants than fresh berries, and dark berries - like blackberries and blueberries - have more antioxidants than lighter-colored berries. Try a cup or two a few times a week.
- You'll also boost your brain as well as your spirits by eating foods with folate, like spinach, beans, oranges, avocados, walnuts, almonds and especially hazelnuts! Experts say folate fights depression, and increases your productivity and your ability to comprehend.
- Now, the next time you have some chips and salsa you'll be feeding your brain! That's because the cilantro in the salsa eases stress - a major factor in aging your brain. In fact, cilantro has long been used in Iranian folk medicine as a stress-reliever! So, cut down on the stress and keep your brain young with a tablespoon of cilantro a few times a week.
- Finally, a spice called turmeric can boost your brain, too! Studies found people who eat turmeric in their food several times a week can have a lot less C-reactive protein - which is associated with inflammation of the brain. Another study showed older people who occasionally ate turmeric performed better on mental-health evaluations! So, increase your mental health with some turmeric - a main ingredient in many Indian, Thai and Persian dishes!