Eggs – for memory and learning
Eggs are packed with protein, vitamin B12, and can be a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eggs are high in tryptophan, an amino acid that’s a building block of the “happiness” molecule (and neurotransmitter) serotonin.
Whole eggs are the #1 food source of choline, a B complex-related nutrient that 90% of us don’t get enough of.
Choline is a precursor of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that plays a central role in memory and learning. If you’ve been avoiding eggs, give yourself permission to add them back into your diet.
Berries – Antioxidant Powerhouses
Berries of all kinds — blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries — usually make it to the top of any brain foods list. They are bursting with flavonoids, a group of potent antioxidants that protect brain cells from oxidative damage.
One group of flavonoids in particular, the anthocyanins, gives berries their beautiful colors.Berries also protect the brain from chronic inflammation.
Blueberries can forestall age-related mental decline and protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases by clearing the brain of toxic proteins.
Avocados- Possibly the Most Perfect Food
Avocados are a creamy, nutrient-dense fruit that some brain experts believe is the world’s most perfect food. Curiously, botanists classify them as a berry — albeit a very big one!
Avocados are an excellent source of vitamins your brain needs like C, E, K, and the B complex vitamins. They also act as a “nutrient booster” to aid the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.
Avocados are high in tyrosine — an amino acid that’s a precursor to dopamine — the brain chemical that keeps you motivated and focused
They improve blood flow to the brain and are anti-inflammatory.