The be productive and effective as possible in our lives, we need to remain mentally sharp. Mental sharpness gives you a strong competitive advantage in just about every situation. Whether you’re engaging in sports, business, socializing, or reading… you need a sharp mind to perform at your peak.
The connection between the mind and body is important. To keep your mind sharp and healthy, you have to feed your body properly and provide the right nutrients to allow this.
Below are several foods you should eat regularly to improve mental sharpness, clarity and memory:
Oily Fish, Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a great plant protein rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. In addition to fighting depression and anxiety, Omega-3 is also known to improve eye health, skin health and overall brain health.
Omega-3 also helps the body circulate blood to the brain. As a result, the ability to retain information is improved, especially in old age.
Oily fish such as Salmon, Mackerel, and Sardines are also a very common and cost-effective source of Omega-3.
Berries, Dark Chocolate, and Coffee
Natural antioxidants can be found in berries, dark chocolate, and coffee. These natural antioxidants found in food can be more effective than mass produced supplements since they are balanced better for consumption and can be absorbed more naturally by the body.
Antioxidants are known to help the body fight free radicals that affect the brain. The most common source of free radicals is usually stress and unhealthy environmental factors. Air pollution, fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, and chemicals generate free radicals.
By helping the body fight free radicals, natural antioxidants encourage brain cell growth and improved blood flow within the brain. This increases plasticity, allowing the brain to find new ways of learning by building new connections.
Oatmeal and Avocados
Oatmeal is a whole-grain food rich in Vitamin E, which has been proven to have strong benefits to the brain. This is why “grain” rhymes with “brain”. Fiber rich oats keep the brain sharp and energized. Oatmeal is also rich in vitamins B, potassium and zinc which are all essential to optimum brain and body health.
Avocados are known for their rich B Vitamins and healthy unsaturated fats. What many people don’t know is avocados are actually classified as a berry. So, it should come at no surprise that they provide similar brain health benefits to blue berries, including improved blood supply and oxygenation to your brain.
Studies have also shown that avocados contain high quantities of monounsaturated fatty acids and healthy unsaturated fats that help keep your brain cell membranes flexible.