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Get Smart with these Super Brain Foods Best for Alzheimer's

Without proper brain function where would we be? College is the perfect time to be feeding your brain the foods it needs to thrive. Not only can these foods help you ace exams, improve your memory, and help you think more clearly, but they can also protect against alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the future. Here is a list of 12 amazing foods for the brain:

  1. Avocados – If you know me, you know I’m totally obsessed with avocados! I like them in everything from smoothies, to salads, on sandwiches, and even alone with a dash of sea salt. Avocados contain great amounts of vitamin E and healthy fats, for super skin health. Lecithin, which is prevalent in avos, is important in proper brain function. Avocados are a great source of healthy monosaturated fats that supports healthy blood circulation to the brain. They are loaded with potassium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, biotin, folate, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and fiber.

  2. Blueberries – Blueberries reign supreme when it comes to anti-oxidants. They are anti-aging and have been proven to fight cancer too. Dr. Steven Pratt, who is staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA., says that animal studies have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia.

  3. Raw nuts and seeds. I say raw because raw nuts and seeds contain more nutrients and are considered a live food (superior for your health). These tasty chewables are fantastic sources of vitamin E that nourish your brain and prevent premature aging. Walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, hemp seeds, and nut butters…they are all winners in my book!

  4. Celery Proven to alkalize your body which in short means less health problems. Celery has an extremely high mineral content that normalizes the body’s acid/alkaline balance. Celery is full of Vitamins B3, B5, C, E, K biotin, folate, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iodine, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc, and fiber.

  5. Oils Our brain needs lots organic, cold-pressed, virgin oils for optimal function. Organic Extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed, hemp and coconut oil are all an important part of every healthy diet. Try to eat these oils without heating them as much as possible for best results.

  6. Cacao In the coffee plant family, but sans the jittery side effects of caffeine. Cacao works on the pleasure hormones in the body and provides mental clarity and optimum function. The flavonoids in cacao are high in antioxidants that work wonders on brain function.

  7. Cucumber Silica is an important in connective brain tissue and it just so happens to be in mighty cucumbers. Filled with a high water content and minerals in abundance, cucumbers are healing and hydrating. Nutrients include vitamins B3, B5, C, K, beta carotene, biotin, folate, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silica, zinc.

  8. Apples Recent studies show that america’s favorite fruit may reduce the risk of a few types of cancers as well as protect the brain from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Nutrients include vitamins B3, C, E, K, Beta Carotene, biotin, folate, calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, fiber, and carbohydrates.

  9. Lettuce Who doesn’t love a big ‘ol salad? Romain cleanses the blood, relax the nerves, and eliminates excess fluid. It also contains lactucarium (a natural relaxant), which calms the nervous system and promotes sleep. There have been reports of lettuce providing a mild sensation of euphoria. The green in lettuce is the wondrous chlorophyll that detoxifies the blood and liver. Nutrients include B1, B3, B5, C, E, K, Beta Carotene, biotin, folate, calcium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silica, zinc.

  10. Eggplant The most noteworthy benefit of eggplant is something called nasunin. Nasunin is an anthocyanin that protects cells in the brain from free radical damage and aging. Nutrients include B3, C, K, Biotin, Folate, Beta- Carotene, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Fiber.

  11. Goji Berries The new “it” superfood and for good reason. Goji Berries contain various phytochemicals which protect against eye deterioration and act as an anti-bacterial compound. They also have polysaccharides which boost your immune system. Goji Berries are also said to benefit sexual function and the liver. Nutrients include B1, B2, B6, C, E, Beta Carotene, folate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, fiber, protein, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.

  12. Water Though not an actual food persay. Water is a total brain “food”. The number of how much water our bodies are made up of keeps on growing. It used to be 75% now it’s up in the 80’s! Just like all our cells, our brain cells need water to thrive! A study at Ohio University showed that people who stayed well hydrated scored significantly better on tests than those who were dehydrated. So drink up!

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