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Six Foods That Improve Brain Function

Having trouble remembering where you put your keys? Or maybe you just want a little boost of brainpower to take a test.

Either way, regular consumption of these 6 foods can not only help your brain perform better on a daily basis, but they can protect your brain from age-related decline so you can think more clearly as you approach your senior years and beyond.


Rich in antioxidants, theses little gems can protect your brain from free radical damage. Blueberries also provide a natural source of glucose, your brain’s main energy food.


Sometimes known as the ultimate brain food, salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acid that has been shown to improve synapse function in the brain that helps brain cells to communicate with each other.


High in choline the precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, eggs can improve cognitive performance by helping you with memory and muscle control. I used to eat two soft boiled eggs before my tests in college.


Known for their high content of monounsaturated fat, potassium, and folate, this food protects the brain by increasing blood and oxygen flow. Research has shown that eating avocados might prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dark Chocolate

The darker the better! High in flavonoids, eating a little dark chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is associated with impaired cognition. Flavonoids are found in the cocoa so the higher the percentage of cocoa the better it is for your brain.


Loaded with DHA, a type of omega 3, this little nut even looks like a brain! Walnuts can prevent age related cognitive decline by decreasing protein deposits in the brain and increasing waste removal.

Now if only you can remember where you put that pen so you can write these down on your shopping list!

About Dawna Ara
Dawna is an acupuncturist, herbalist, functional medicine practitioner, a mom, wife, writer, nature lover, chef and whole foods advocate. She teaches how to live a healthy lifestyle through her website Eat Play Work Sleep.