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Top 10 Foods That Improve Brain Function

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To keep our brains functioning optimally, it is important to eat the right foods. The following foods enhance memory, concentration and clarity. Besides improving brain function, the following top ten picks have health benefits for the whole body:


These lovely berries are not only delicious but are packed with antioxidants, are a rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, but very low in calories. Researchers have found that a diet that includes blueberries significantly improves learning capacity, motor skills and memory function. Blueberries are possibly the best brain food of all because they boost the potency of neuron signals, protect the brain against oxidative stress and reduce the effects of age-related memory conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Even shaped like a brain, walnuts boost mental clarity. Like other nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and cashews, walnuts contain protein, omega-3-fatty acids, fiber, vitamins B and E, and magnesium which is essential to cognitive function.

Wild Salmon

Wild salmon is a sustainable source of omega-3-fatty acids. Omega-3-fatty acids improve learning, problem-solving skills, mental focus and memory. These essential fatty acids are not produced by the body and must be obtained by diet. They play a crucial role in brain function and are highly concentrated in the brain.


Avocados contain monounsaturated fat which is one of the healthy fats that the brain needs to function properly. Monounsaturated fats contribute to normal blood flow. Healthy blood flow to the brain improves its ability to function.


Eggs are a good source of protein and nutrients, specifically choline, which is a vitamin B complex. Choline, found in egg yolks, plays a role in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate mood, behavior and memory. It helps with concentration, alertness and improves cognitive performance.


Green leafy vegetables like spinach are a good source of vitamins K, B6 and B12, choline, folate, omega-3-fatty acids and flavonoids. Choline is essential in normal brain development in fetuses.

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