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    Everyone wants a good memory but no one wants to eat right! Here are the foods that will make you brighter and sharper. These 51 foods will surely help you get better at remembering and get your brain ticking without having to take those coffee breaks and reminders!


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    1. Is Dark Chocolate Brain Food?

    A few Dark Chocolate squares help sharpen your brain for a short time. Dark Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine that stimulates the brain to produce neurotransmitter Serotonin which helps boost your mood.


    2. Natural Sugar enhances alertness

    Eating complex carbs like some fruits, veggies, grains, beans enhances alertness and mental ability. Eating simple carbs or too much sugar results into impaired memory and additional pounds.


    3. Why are complex carbs called smart food?

    When you eat complex carbs your brain gets sugar for fuel at a steady pace this in turn will influence your learning and behaviour. Brain craves for natural sugar utilizing almost 20% of your carb intake.
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    4. Can nuts keep your brain healthy and young?

    Nuts and seeds are rich in antioxidant Vitamin E, which helps arrest cognitive decline as you age. Note - The nutrient density doesn't change with size or if they are raw or dry roasted.


    5. Why is it important to hydrate your brain?

    Your blood is 82 percent water and both your brain and muscles, are 75 percent water. Drinking plenty of water can help with mental clarity and at times prevents the release of stress hormones.


    6. Do blueberries promote brain health?

    Blueberries contain Anthocyanins, Vitamins A, B's, C, E, Selenium, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium etc. which together prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells.
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    7. Cocoa: Brain food that helps focus

    Cocoa and dark chocolate contain significant amounts of antioxidant Flavanols that improve the blood flow in the brain and enhance cognitive skills.


    8. Water helps lower stress

    Studies state that when your body is dehydrated you will be stressed & anxious as the body has increased your cortisol levels (stress hormones). A simple way to de-stress -- drink a glass of water.


    9. Steady sugar supply is good for memory

    Low glycemic index fruits are rich in fiber that slows the absorption of fruit sugar and gives steady energy. So when the brain gets steady supply of Glucose it enhances performance and memory.

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    10. Berries improves memory

    Berries are rich in antioxidants and help reduce the effects of age-related conditions like Alzheimer's disease or dementia and may reverse in some cases decline in the cognitive and motor function.


    11. Boost brain health with eggs

    Eggs are rich in Protein and packed with Choline, which helps memory development. Eggs are rich in Tyrosine an amino acid (protein) which helps make neurotransmitters that increase mental alertness.


    12. Does caffeine stimulate your brain?

    Caffeine elevates neural activity in many parts of the brain, postpones fatigue, and enhances performance at simple intellectual tasks. Larger doses of caffeine may result in jitteriness and lack of sleep.
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    13. Is fatty fish really brain food?

    Fatty Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, an essential fat for brain function and development. 2 'weekly' servings of fatty fish will give enough Omega 3 fats to help enhance memory - particularly important when we age.


    14. Does ice cream boost your mood?

    Ice cream are simple carbohydrates and will definitley improve your mood but the effect will only last 1 to 2 hours. Desserts cause blood sugar to spike and plummet, leading to fatigue and moodiness.


    15. Nuts are positive mood enhancers

    For brainpower and to balance your moods eat Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, Peanuts and Hazelnuts. Nuts can help clear up brain fog and enable you to think clearer and are positive mood enhancers.


    16. Whole grains helps elevate your mood

    Whole grains are rich in Vitamin B1 or Thiamine that serves an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and metabolizing carbohydrates. Vitamin B1 or Thiamine intake also elevates mood.

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