Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle may not be enough for us to be successful. Growing expectations in the classroom and the boardroom demand focused attention using a considerable amount of brainpower. To stay on top of your game, here are three brain foods that will keep your mind sharp:
Eggs are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper that can help with memory. Years ago, due to the dangers of cholesterol, consumers were advised to eat no more than two eggs per week yet Harvard Medical School recently reported that we can safely eat up to seven eggs a week. For the picky eaters: cook a scrambled egg well-done and mix with potatoes or rice.
For adults, eating this leafy green veggie may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress and reduce blood pressure levels. There are a lot of antioxidants in these greens, which helps strengthen brain cells and enhance memory by destroying free radicals. For the picky eaters: add a handful of spinach to a fruit smoothie.
Walnuts have a significantly high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Among other things, DHA has been shown to protect brain health in children and improve cognitive performance in adults. For the picky eaters: Walnuts can sometimes taste bitter, lightly toast them then add other nuts and dried fruit for your own brain-boosting trail mix.