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Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Add these foods to your diet, and you'll be smarter in no time!

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Salmon
On the protein front, one of the best sources is salmon, as it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain function and development, according to AskMen.com. Studies have suggested that supplementing with DHA, which is found in fish oil, is beneficial for the development and maintenance of memory performance.

Meat

Beef
Including moderate portions of lean beef in your diet is beneficial to enhancing your memory because of its iron content, AskMen.com says. While most men get enough iron in their diet, those who are on a strict diet and are sticking mostly to chicken, egg whites and fish as sources of protein may be running a bit low.
Iron deficiency can have a big impact on brain function and impair learning abilities, eventually putting you at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Opt for Brown Rice

Brown Rice
Brown rice is high in magnesium and brain boosting vitamins B1, B3 and B6. Brown rice is also higher in fiber and has a lower glycemic index than white rice.

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Blueberries

Blueberries
While all berries provide a number of health-related benefits, blueberries in particular are a memory-boosting powerhouse, according to the Web site AskMen.com. They are considered a memory food because they contain a phytochemical that is especially important in reversing the age-related decline of memory, while having a positive influence on spatial working memory.

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Eggs

Choline
Another nutrient that helps to boost memory is choline, as it causes an increase in acetylcholine in the body, a substance that helps the brain process and remember information, according to AskMen.com. Eggs are a terrific source of choline, as long as you consume the yolk with the egg white.


So, when you have a mentally exhausting day coming up, try scrambling some eggs before heading off to work. Other foods that contain this nutrient are peanuts, potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, and bananas.

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Almonds

Almonds
The almond contains a number of brain-boosting chemicals including phenylalanine, nutrientriboflavin and L-carnitine.
Phenylalanine has been shown to boost with both cognitive neurological function, while L-carnitine helps the brain process acetyl-L-carnitinetransferase, which supports choline metabolism. Nutrientriboflavin is a memory-boosting chemical.

Spinach

Spinach
Dark green vegetables like spinach are high in the antioxidants that protect the brain from cell damage. Antioxidants have also been shown to boost memory.

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Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Add these foods to your diet, and you'll be smarter in no time!

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