Top 5 Brain-Boosting Snacks

Top 5 Brain-Boosting Snacks

Healthy, natural, and nutritious

stephanie.fung  stephanie.fung  on 6 Aug '16

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Imagine a work day (possibly every work day) and you stare at the clock - it's 3pm - you still have another 3 or 4 hours to go. You're asked to get started on a something, but you have zero inspiration and thoughts. What do you do? Eat!  Because there are five brain-boosting healthy snacks that will charge your brain and let the inspiration flow like the river through your mind. 

1. Blueberries

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This fruit is an antioxidant powerhouse packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, fibre, manganese and more. Blueberries are 85% water, high in nutrients and low in calories. Studies with the British Dietetic Association show there may be a link between eating blueberries and having a lower risk of heart attack. Most importantly, through human and animal studies, it was concluded that blueberries may be able to reverse some age-related memory loss. So pop those berries like they're candy and watch the brain juices flow. 

2. Avocado 

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This brain food has caused such a huge hype around the world, with many healthy recipes, cooking videos and blogs boasting about its benefits.  It is full of nutrients ranging from vitamin K, vitamin C, Vitamin E, folate, potassium and lutein. Potassium helps control blood pressure, lutein is good for your eyes and folate is vital for repairing cells. Avocados are also also low in sugar and full of healthy fats, which means it doesn't contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat.  However, this fruit is high in calories, hence half of an avocado is enough.

3. Walnuts

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This is one of the many favourite snacks of students devouring before exams because of its claims to boost cognitive performance. Walnuts are the best nuts to eat to improve brain health due to the high concentration of DHA, which is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. DHA improves cognitive performance and prevents age-related cognitive decline. You only need to eat around a quarter cup of walnuts to reach the recommended daily intake of DHA. 

4. Dark Chocolate 

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Chocolate is a lot of people's comfort food during times of stress and it is also said to be a mood-enhancer. Consuming too much chocolate may not be good due to it being high in calories, which leads to unhealthy weight gain and other heart related diseases. However, dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits and is a good alternative to milk chocolate or chocolate with artificial flavourings. Dark chocolate is rich in minerals and is good for the heart and prevents artery clogging and improves blood flow to the brain. It is said that the compounds in dark chocolate boost memory and subsequently improve attention span. Chocolate also reduces the risk of stroke according to researchers in Finland. Furthermore, consuming cocoa can reduce levels of 'bad' cholesterol while raising levels of 'good' cholesterol, which again reduces heart related diseases. 

5. Tomatoes 

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Eating tomatoes is the best way to prevent damage to your brain cells. It contains the antioxidant lycopene, which is known for its ability to maintain effective brain function i.e. helps maintain cognitive function and reduce memory loss, which leads to the development of dementia, especially Alzheimer's. It is also suggested that cooked tomatoes may be a lot healthier than raw ones as your body will absorb more of the antioxidant lycopene.

So when in need of inspiration and brain power, get snacking!

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