We don’t talk about the nutritional health of our brain very often. However, just like the heart, there are particularly foods that specifically nourish it. Foods that protect it from memory loss, dementia and even Alzheimer’s. But you don’t need to be retired to think about these ingredients. The same protective foods also help with focus, memory retention and our ability to learn.
Berries, particularly blueberries, improve memory and coordination. A Tufts University study found that blueberries improve the ability to send signals and they protect the brain from oxidation.
Walnuts and coconut oil also slow brain oxidation with their omega 3 and vitamin E content. The medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil were also shown to improve brain performance in a study of Alzheimer patients.
Kale makes the list because it’s the most nutritionally dense green leaf and a Rush University study showed that people who ate one or two servings of leafy greens had the cognitive ability of someone 11 years younger! Kale is also tremendous in vitamin C content, further protecting against free radicals.
So whether you just need some focus at work or you're a well lived retiree with a 6pm bedtime, these ingredients are for you.
Switch On Smoothie Recipe
- Takes 3 minutes
- Makes 1 serving
- Frozen mixed berries – 1 cup
- Kale – 1 1/2 cups
- Walnuts – ½ cup
- Coconut oil – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut water – 1 ½ cups
Optional - Raw honey - 1 teaspoon
- Blend until creamy