Top Foods to Boost Your Brainpower
Top Foods to Boost Your Brainpower
October 28, 2016    POSTED IN  Healthy EatingNutrition Articles

Certain things you eat affect your brain and its ability to focus, concentrate, and complete important tasks. Research is starting to show that eating certain foods may not only maximize the brain’s potential but also remove obstacles which may lead to disorders, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.


Numerous studies have shown that diets rich in blueberries can significantly improve the brain’s learning capacity and motor skills. Blueberries contain natural compounds called polyphenolics that seem to play a vital role in keeping the brain clean. Just like anything else, the brain can get dirty over time. Toxic proteins, inflammation, and oxidative stress can clog up the brain and interfere with normal functioning. Polyphenolics, which are powerful antioxidants, help to clean up the biochemical debris so brain functions effectively.

Other foods high in polyphenolics: strawberries, acai berries, and walnuts


Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, are also beneficial. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can improve age-related memory loss, reduce the incidence of mental disorders, and improve concentration. The brain communicates with itself and the body through a system of synapses and neurons. Just like a bike can become rusty and hard to use over time, the brain’s communication system can become rigid and worn out. Omega-3 fatty acids work as an effective lubricant to increase plasticity and enhance communication in the brain. In fact, omega-3 fatty intake has been linked to an increase in verbal intelligence, learning, and memory.

Other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids: flaxseeds, walnuts, sardines, and seaweed


Vitamin E, found in spinach, works as a powerful antioxidant in the brain. A 6-year Swedish study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that individuals who consumed the highest levels of vitamin E had a lower risk for developing problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The exact role vitamin E plays in protecting the brain is still unclear but researchers suspect it protects the brain from oxidative damage.

Other foods high in vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, papaya, and Swiss chard


Renee is a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist practicing in Chicago.