BRAIN FOODS: Keeping Your Brain Sharp

brain foods by Dr. Axe
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Do you think you may be having a senior moment? Do you have these temporary fears of memory loss?

Unfortunately, a time will come when you forget where you put those keys or the name of that colleague. With time, your brain function may not be as sharp as it used to be when you were younger.

The brain is a very vital organ which regulates every function of the body. It’s like a power house, without which, every bodily function shuts down.

It has been shown that there some available foods that keep one’s brain sharp and memory intact. Below is the list of foods that may help forestall those senior moments.


It’s of no surprise that vegetables are on the list. They appear on almost every list of foods for good health. Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli and cabbage may help improve one’s memory. Studies show the ageing brain is susceptible to oxidative stress and these vegetables contain antioxidants and other nutrients that are neuroprotective.


They are not only sweet but are also rich in compounds called anthocyanidins which boost memory function. These compounds contribute to the color of these fruits, hence the darker they are the better.

Omega 3 fatty acids

These are essential in improving memory. Sources include fatty fish, avocado, salmon, tuna, sardines etc.


These are rich in a compound called choline. This compound helps create the brain chemical acetylcholine which is crucial to normal brain function and memory. This compound can also be found in peanuts, lean beef, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Caffeine and Alcohol

Research has shown that consuming caffeine helps in forming memories. Alcohol may also be protective of the brain when taken in certain amounts.

While these foods are good for the brain, they also protect the heart and other parts of your body. There are many other foods not listed above that protect the brain. Although this doesn’t promise you find those keys or remember that name, they promote a good health in the long term.

About The Author

Chinazo Iloeje is a Medical Doctor at Garnetcare Medical Center, Abuja. She hopes that through her writing, new health discoveries and other important health information would be made known to all Africans.

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