10 Superfoods That Sharpen Your Memory And Focus

Meritnation|Oct 14th, 2015 02:30pm

How often do we try to focus on something for long but still can’t get through? Even simple day-to-day activities seem like a battle. The truth is that even though it may seem that the factors that are hindering our focus and memory are external but actually they are more internal than we may think. Every time you feel sluggish and lethargic, think about the last meal you had. The foods that we eat have a direct impact on the blood and oxygen to our brains, as well as our energy levels and how quickly that energy is depleted. Since our diet choices affect not only our energy levels but also how long we’re able to stay focused, similarly it affects how our memory works. The following are the top 10 Superfoods that will help you boost your memory:

WALNUTS1. Walnuts: These brain-like looking nuts are full of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory nutrients. They are a good source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which helps promote blood flow, meaning that it allows efficient delivery of oxygen to the brain. Research shows that walnuts help in improving memory, learning and motor skill coordination.

BERRIES2. Berries: Berries, especially blueberries are packed with antioxidants with high levels of vitamins C and K, as well as essential minerals such as potassium. They are particularly helpful at protecting our brain cells from the negative effects of stress and anxiety, and aid communication between neurons and improve cognitive functions. Strawberries, oranges, raspberries, plums and cherries are equally good for our brain.
Eat Your Greens3. Leafy green vegetables: Vegetables, particularly green & leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, radish, etc., have been shown to have protective effects on the brain. These veggies are a good source of vitamin E and folate. They help protect against cognitive decline.
4. Dark chocolate: Antioxidant-rich dark chocolates are full of nutrients and minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium. It improves the blood flow to your brain, boosting your concentration and keeps you alert.
SPICES5. Spices: Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and turmeric are rich in their compounds that they have multiple cognitive benefits. The neuroprotective effects of spices demonstrate that their direct/indirect beneficial effects can contribute to improvement in cognitive function.
oliveoil-coconutoil6. Coconut oil and Olive oil: Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are associated with improved memory and concentration. Its anti-inflammatory agents also work to improve cognitive functionality. Olive oil is a great source of monosaturated fats which slows down brain aging and have neuroprotective properties.
BEETROOTS7. Beetroots: These not-so-interesting looking vegetable contains natural nitrates that open up blood vessels in your body. Doing so improves the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, needless to say that this significantly improves mental performance and memory. They are enriched with antioxidants that help reduce toxins in the blood.
Coffee8. Coffee: The mild stimulant called caffeine found in coffee improves mental acuity. Coffee’s antioxidant richness helps maintain brain health and can stave off depression.
close up of flax seeds and  wooden spoon food background9. Flax seeds: These seeds are the best source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), a healthy fat that works wonders for your cerebral cortex by keeping it healthy and fully functional. Since the function of the cerebral cortex is to process sensory information (taste, sight, touch, etc.), this superfood will help you focus properly and understand information better. Flax seeds also contains mineral like zinc which is great for sharpening your memory.
Fresh mackerel, tuna and salmon10. Fish: Not any fish but good fatty fish like salmon, tuna, sardines trout and mackerel are filled with DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acids), EPA and omega-3 fatty acids,which improves memory, brain power, and concentration.


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  • 1. hrithika  |  January 11th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    i love berries(especially blue berry) and i am going to start drinking coffee

  • 2. Soumyajit Mazumder  |  May 10th, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I shall take to drink a cup of Coffee (twice daily, at least) and Flax Seeds etc. to avoid hindrences of daily activities like Latrine, Bath, teeth-washes etc.

  • 3. parul agarwal  |  November 12th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    REALLY COOL:)))))))

  • 4. shalini kumari  |  October 25th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    shalini kumari

  • 5. Harsh Saini  |  October 19th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

  • 6. Vikalp  |  October 19th, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Really very helpful and tasty foods for me..

  • 7. Prince  |  October 15th, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    ya gauri and drishti u both are correct…

  • 8. Gauree  |  October 15th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Wow!!!! I got a good reason to eat dark chocolates…. :p

  • 9. Drishti  |  October 15th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    hey nice,,, except fish I eat everything else mentioned above!! definitely I will get its benefits


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