Did you know that humans have the largest brain of all vertebrates relative to the body size? Weighing roughly 1.5 kilos, the healthy adult human brain burns close to 330 calories per day just trying to do the normal everyday activity. In case you are wondering, you will have to do some high-intensity cycling or vigorous swimming for half an hour straight to burn the same amount of calories! Ever wondered how to keep this machine running? Well, here is a list of food that will help your brain function better:
Berries: Here’s a good news for all you berry lovers! Studies have found that berries especially blueberry, blackberry and strawberry contain a high level of antioxidants that protect the brain cells from damage by harmful free radicals. Berries also reduce the chances of incurring brain injuries by preventing inflammations. They are rich in phenolic compounds which are known to prevent age-related diseases in humans as well as increase the learning ability and motor skills.
Broccoli: Not many people may like the idea of including broccoli in their diet but here’s why you should. Broccoli is a rich source of Vitamin K and Choline. Vitamin K helps you improve the cognitive abilities while Choline plays a crucial role in improving the memory. In fact, it was found that people who regularly included broccoli in their diet, performed better in memory tests. It’s also rich in folic acid which significantly reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease while also helping you ward off depression.
Walnuts: Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA, walnut can improve cognitive performance in adults. In fact, just a quarter cup of walnuts contains nearly 100% of the recommended daily dosage of DHA. The antioxidants in walnuts can also help improve your memory. If this is not enough, walnuts also have a host of other benefits including lowering your blood pressure.
Fish: Many studies have shown that people who included fish in their diet were at a lot less risk of developing the Alzheimer’s disease. This is because of the Omega-3 fatty acid which appears in fishes as EPA or Eicosapentaenoic acid and DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid. Both the types of fatty acids are available in active forms which makes it easier for the body to absorb them better.
Dark Chocolate: Rich in flavonoids, dark chocolates or chocolates with at least 70 – 85% cocoa are full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, studies have found that eating just one bar of dark chocolate a day can reduce the risk of stroke by as much as 23%! If this is not all, the flavanols present in dark chocolate is also linked to reduced memory loss and better mood.
Here’s the bottom line, unlike our biceps and triceps, we cannot really lift some dumbbells or barbells with your brains. So how about you make up for that by including the above food items in your daily diet? If you know about more such brain boosting food that you would like us to cover leave a comment and let us know! Till then stay fit and stay happy!