Snacking on berries – such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, blackcurrants and mulberries – that are packed with flavonoid antioxidants may help reduce inflammation throughout the body, improve brain cell communication, help boost learning and memory, and may help protect the brain from age-related problems.
Including turmeric – the bright yellow Indian spice – in your dishes and drinks may help preserve your brain’s health.
How does turmeric work its magic? Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects on the body – which means it potentially has a number of benefits for the brain. For example, it’s thought to help protect the brain from aging, improve mood as well as enhance memory and attention.
Your brain cannot work without energy and the low-GI carbohydrates in wholegrain foods slowly release their energy – so you can stay focused for longer and helping memory and recall when learning.
Wholegrain foods, such as unprocessed maize, millet, oats, wheat and brown rice, are also high in fibre and rich in other important nutrients that can benefit the brain, such as B vitamins, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, copper and magnesium.
Adding a daily serve of leafy green vegetables – like kale, spinach, chard or lettuce – to your diet is a simple way to improve brain health. Leafy greens are rich in lutein, folate, beta-carotene and vitamin K, and have been shown to be one of the best vegetables for slowing down the effects of aging on the brain – such as poor memory.