Blueberries – Studies in animals have revealed that blueberries may help to reduce the effects of age related conditions such as alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as protecting the brain from oxidative stress.
Wild salmon – The omega-3 fatty acids which are present in deep water fish are essential to brain functioning. Omega-3s also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Other fish which are great sources of omega 3s include sardines and herrings.
Nuts and seeds – Both nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E and correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older.
Avocados – The monounsaturated fat which is present in avocados helps keeps the blood flow healthy, which in turn contributes to a healthy brain. Avocados are also said to lower blood pressure. Be aware that they are quite high in calories so try just adding one half to a meal once a day.
Beans – The brain needs glucose levels for fuel, and beans and pulses are great for stabilising glucose levels in the body which ensures a steady stream of energy.
Pomegranate juice – Contains antioxidants which protect the brain from free radicals.
Tea – Can enhance memory, focus and mood, and also contains antioxidants (known as catechines) which promote healthy blood flow.
Plain chocolate – Stimulates the production of mood boosting endorphins and contains antioxidant properties and stimulants to increase focus and concentration.