10 Super Foods for Brain Power and Sharp Memory

Updated on December 6, 2016
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Boost your brain power and make your memory sharp with these ten super foods from Mother Nature.

Generally, natural foods that are in red and purple colors are great for the brain.

This is because they have the phytochemical anthocyanin that the brain needs to give us sharp memory, intense focus, positive mood, and overall clarity.

Our mental health becomes totally agile with the help of these foods.

Below is a list of 10 super foods that the brain needs to stay in top shape.

1. Blueberry

Studies after studies have shown how blueberry benefits our memory and our brain as a whole.

Essentially, blueberry is packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent damage to the brain.

It can also facilitate improvement of memory.

What’s more, it can stop and even reverse the slowdown of motor functions, balance and coordination.

Now that’s a lot of benefits from a small fruit that is possibly wildly available to you.

2. Tomato

Load up on tomato and stop yourself from developing dementia in old age.

Yes, tomato has a really brawny antioxidant called lycopene that combats free radicals like a tested warrior.

These free radicals are the causes of dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s.

To use tomato for the brain, we just use it in our pasta sauce, as a side dish, as a dip, or an appetizer.

3. Nuts

You won’t go nuts with nuts!

Research has shown that nuts – walnuts, peanuts, pecans, and others – can stop insomnia dead on its tracks.

They can also promote good memory and mental clarity.

Nuts are a power house of vitamin E that can prevent memory loss.

Some nuts like walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that enhance our moods and facilitate brain functions.

4. Coffee

When taken in moderation, coffee can actually be good for our brain.

Coffee has caffeine and antioxidants that together limit our risk of mental disorders like Alzheimer’s or dementia.

To use coffee for our brain, we should drink it pure and without the sweet, creamy, fatty junk we all love to mix with it.

5. Avocado

A fruit with a load of super healthy fats is avocado, which helps our blood flow smoothly up to the brain.

It also reduces high blood pressure and helps our heart pound healthily.

6. Flax Seed and Pumpkin Seed

Flax seed and pumpkin seed are very healthy snacks.

Just a handful of each everyday would be enough to boost our brain power.

Basically, flax seed has a healthy fat called ALA that targets the cerebral cortex, making it function slickly and helping us process information effortlessly.

Pumpkin seed, for its part, has zinc, which helps us enhance our memory and think clearly.

7. Apple

Next time we eat apples, we better not forget to eat the skin.

Apple skin has high amounts of quercetin, an antioxidant that fights the early signs of Alzheimer’s.

If we’re torn between green apple and red apple, we may want to choose the red one if we want maximum brain power.

Red apple also has anthocyanin, another antioxidant that will help our memory stay sharp.

8. Onion

Another super food with important dosage of anthocyanin and quercetin is onion.

Red onion has both anthocyanin and quercetin while white and yellow onions have quercetin.

9. Rosemary

That’s right! You can eat your rosemary for your brain.

Rosemary has brain protective properties in its carnosic acid.

This acid can ward off possible Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.

Some studies even point that the mere smell of rosemary can improve our memory.

10. Chocolate

Now this is the most heavenly of all brain-friendly super foods!

Dark chocolate is crammed with antioxidants that help us focus and concentrate when we need to.

Milk chocolate is also great. It helps us better remember things and react quickly.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 kerlynb


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    • ladyfountain1 profile image


      8 years ago

      kerlynb, you posted some great information. Thanks for the information.

    • kjrzeek1 profile image


      8 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I am a huge fan of blueberries and apples because they are a fruits that taste great and are good for you. I love making homemade guacamole with fresh avocados too. Great Hub!

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      8 years ago

      Very informative hub and a nice list of foods. It's great to know they are all good for your brain and memory. The rosemary is the only one I haven't tried yet. Thank you much for sharing.

      Voted up, interesting and useful!

    • kjrzeek1 profile image


      8 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I use everything on that list almost every day. Exceptions, avacodo is too expensive and I don't drink coffee..Good Post!

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I really enjoyed this hub, I enjoy all these foods and have learnt something about all of them!

      Thank you for sharing and voted up.

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      8 years ago

      I love all of these foods, clearly moderation is key but any excuse for a little piece of chocolate works for me :)

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      8 years ago from Sri Lanka

      I never heard that pupmkin seed boost the brain power. Thanks for sharing this hub.

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoy reading this hub very much! It's very informational. I have to say that I am one of those people who just can't get through the day without a cup or two of coffee. Some people shop, I drink coffee. Haha. If I eat enough apple and tomato, will it compensate my coffee-drinking problem? Haha. Anyway, great hub!

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      Tina Siuagan 

      8 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I love how you emphasized 'drinking coffee in moderation'. Some articles, especially those written for promotional purposes, are misleading the general public about coffee consumption. Even though it boosts mental alertness and fights against free radicals, coffee has a fair share of disadvantages too especially when taken in excessive amounts.

      Thank you very much for this hub! Now I have to try that Rosemary for a change. :)


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