10 Brain-Boosting Food

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Your brain is a friend you can trust! You learn and feel with it from the very moment you open your loving eyes to the vast world around you. Care for your intelligent thinker friend by giving it the nourishment it needs to stay healthy and strong, so you can overcome any tough challenge and achieve your very best at school and beyond!

Try these yummy food, on their own or as part of a recipe, that can help you and your brain study better!

Please be aware of your and your loved ones’ allergens before consuming any of the items listed below, and get in touch with your doctor in case any allergic reactions occur.

1. Oranges

Vitamin C not only helps strengthen your immune system, but also helps prevent mental decline! You can get all the vitamin C you need in a day by eating one medium orange. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can be a revitalizing breakfast drink, too!

2. Blueberries

This superfood that’s low in calories is a great source of antioxidants, which affect the brain areas that are essential for intelligence and other functions. These little dark fruits would be a perfect addition to your oatmeal, ice-cream, or French toast.

3. Oats

Want to get better quiz results? Whole grains, such as oats and quinoa, help preserve memory and can reduce brain inflammation. Snacking on some oatmeal cookies may help you remember the answers to the questions others may find difficult to recall.

4. Avocado

Avocado contains healthy fats that are known for increasing the levels of several feel-good chemicals in the brain that are responsible for regulating mood and emotion. You’ll be happier eating it the classic Filipino way, with milk and sugar! Your kids will surely love it too! Avocados are also perfect for milkshakes and other food recipes that require a hint of creaminess.

5. Turmeric

Learning should be a happy experience! We all want to be in a good mood to accomplish our tasks, especially in class. Adding a bit of turmeric to your food can improve your mood, as it boosts serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Plus, it can make any dish look brighter with its golden hue! Try adding it to your stir-fried rice or a cup of warm milk.

6. Chocolate

Craving for some chocolate? This hard-to-resist sweet is good for your brain, too, especially its dark kind. Dark chocolate provides a boost in concentration and mood and helps improve blood flow to the brain.
Ready the oven and start baking some chocolate-chip cookies with the family!

7. Tomato

Sit down and enjoy whole grain tortilla chips with tomato salsa, while studying or watching movies! Tomato contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can contribute to stronger brain activity and can help protect the brain from free radical cell damage.

8. Almonds

The possibilities are endless! Almonds and other nuts can be found in various forms and recipes, like pudding, milk, and chocolate. Almonds are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin E, which can assist in preserving memory longer, boosting alertness, and preventing cognitive decline.

9. Broccoli

Feeding your kids green food can be quite challenging. Be patient and creative! The sulforaphane in this green vegetable can help rebuild damaged neural brain cells. Serve broccoli with cheese in soup or pasta, and they would not resist! Everyone loves cheese, right?

10. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in many micronutrients that are important for the brain's functions. Two of these nutrients are Magnesium, which is essential for learning and memory, and Copper, which helps control nerve signals.

Try something new! Add pumpkin seeds to your smoothies, or bread dough before baking.

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