WEEK 1 AUGUST 2011
5 Snack on berries for a great afternoon snack. Berries are rich in anthocyanins, compounds that slow cognitive decline and help you stay sharp. Blueberries are great. Blackcurrants are also excellent and a great source of Vitamin C which has long been thought to have the power to increase mental agility.
6 Ginkgo biloba stimulates brain circulation and memory.
7 Spinach and Broccoli. Spinach feeds the brain vital nutrients and enzymes that it needs to strengthen synapses and produce healthy levels of neurotransmitters as well as great source of folic acid. Broccoli is a great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.
Sunflower seeds – a perfect salad topper is packed with memory-preserving vitamin E and folic acid, which offer significant protection from cognitive decline.
Pumpkin seeds: Just a handful a day is all you need. The zinc is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.
Flaxseeds are another excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
9 Relax with a cup of green tea. It will help boost mental power and protect the brain from toxins and free radicals. It also helps ward off fatigue and improve concentration.
3 Suspect Foods. There is evidence that the following foods can be bad for your brain: Artificial food colourings, artificial sweeteners, colas, corn syrup, frostings, high-sugar drinks, hydrogenated fats, sugars, white bread, and any white-flour products. Saturated fats have been shown to actually stunt the growth of brain cells.