9 Foods to Boost Brain Power

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9 Foods to Boost Brain Power

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Bun topped with lettuce, sliced red tomatoes, grilled salmon fillet and cooked bacon strip


May 12 2020


Each of these braining-boosting recipes offers nutrients that help you function at your best. It's almost like the foods we love are loving us back. Aww...

Here's how it works: Antioxidants are a type of molecule that neutralize free radicals and reduce their damage. Free radicals are molecules associated with aging, as well as cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's. Vitamins A, C, and E are rich in antioxidants and are found abundantly in fruits and vegetables. B vitamins are also linked to brain health and development of new brain cells.

Filling up on foods high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and other good-for-you nutrients can help maintain a sharp mind. For more information about the best foods for you, talk to your Hy-Vee registered dietitian.

  1. Salmon

    Big test tomorrow? Reach for the salmon tonight. The fish’s omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA promote brain function and growth.

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  2. Eggs

    There’s a reason they’re incredible. The yolks contain protein and choline, a vitamin-like substance vital for the creation of memory stem cells in the brain.

    Also check out, 4 Ways to Cook Your Eggs.

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  3. Oats

    The fiber in this “grain for the brain” works with vitamins E and B, potassium, and zinc to help young bodies and brains function at full capacity.

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  4. Berries

    Especially blueberries, which may help improve memory function. Plus, they’re super high in antioxidants, which help protect your cells from stress.

    Also check out, 5 Reasons We Should All Be Eating More Berries.

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  5. Great Northern Beans

    Kidney and pinto beans have omega-3s, which fuel brain development in children. Beans also provide protein, complex carbs, and fiber to power brain functions and help with clear thinking.

  6. Lean Beef

    It’s got lots of zinc, which helps memory. Plus, lean beef is one of the best-absorbed sources of iron, an essential mineral that helps kids stay energized and focused.

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  7. Milk and Yogurt

    Both are packed with protein and B vitamins, essential for the growth of brain tissue, neurotransmitters, and enzymes which provide energy to the brain.

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  8. Avocados

    As if you needed another reason to love them, avocados contain vitamins C, E, and K, as well as B vitamins, such as folate. And their healthy monounsaturated fat supports memory and brain function.

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  9. Dark Chocolate

    This makes us happy, literally. Studies show that dark chocolate can improve mood. It’s also full of flavonoids, which help brain cells live longer and aid in memory, attention, and problem solving.