Power Up Your Brain

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You eat food not only to nourish your body but your brain too! A sharp, focused brain makes you more productive, keeps you alert, controls stress and physically active too! So the next time you go shopping, make sure these five foods are part of your list …

Sweet Bites
You can have your chocolate and feel good about it too! Dark chocolate makes a great brain food as the cocoa high in flavonoids helps keep your heart and brain healthy. Eating dark chocolate, research suggests, can help improve brain blood flow which in turn helps improve memory.

‘EGGS’CELLENT
At only 70 calories, eggs are healthy for Food for thought any diet. They are also a precious source of high-quality proteins and rich in vitamins and minerals. A nutrient called choline is also said to help boost the memory centre in the brain.

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SPINACH
Spinach slows down the effects of agerelated declines in brain function and helps protect the brain from oxidative stress. Researchers suggest that a diet rich in spinach can significantly improve learning capacity and motor skills.

YOGHURT
Calcium rich foods such as yoghurt, milk and cheese improve the function of the nerves. Yoghurt contains an amino acid called tyrosine which is said to improve alertness and memory.

AVOCADO
You may think avocados are high in fat… but they are also an excellent source of Vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fats, that actually help nourish the skin. They also contain potassium that helps regulate blood pressure.


You can read more in the print edition of our Al Mar’a Cookbook