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Brain Food: 5 Things to Eat to Boost Your Memory and Concentration

In a fun report that teases your taste buds while offering a bit of nutrition education, Hindustan Times offers up five things to eat to boost your brain power. They include blueberries, coconut, walnuts, yogurt and turmeric. Each contains multiple compounds, from antioxidants to anti-inflammatories to omega-3 fatty acids, that work together as great brain foods that help boost memory and improve cognition.

It goes without saying that the more you eat a diet based on whole, healthy foods, the more your brainpower will soar, even to the point of staving off age-related cognitive decline and other brain disorders. The only question, then, is what are the best foods to eat if you want to feed your brain?

When it comes to omega-3 fats, some of the best choices are anchovies, sardines, mackerel, herring and wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens go well with the fish, providing brain-protective nutrients such as folate, vitamins E and K, lutein and beta-carotene. Pastured organic eggs, particularly the yolks, are a good source of choline, which is needed for your body to make the brain chemical acetylcholine that is involved in storing memories.

I bring up eggs specifically because they are one of the world’s most perfect foods, but at the same time one of the most vilified. Long regarded as contributors to “bad” cholesterol, eggs are by far exactly the opposite of what they’ve been labeled. And, it’s important to repeat that they are crucial suppliers of choline, with a single egg supplying nearly 25 percent of your daily recommended intake for choline.

Another wrongly-vilified healthy brain food is coconut oil. Loaded with medium-chain fats that are easily metabolized, coconut oil has many benefits as a heart-healthy food — like eggs, just the opposite of what some would have you believe. One reason coconut oil faces some tough critics who are less convinced of its health benefits is that conventional medicine claims all saturated fats are the same.

But that’s simply not true. The saturated fat in coconut oil is unlike the types of saturated fat found in vegetable oils, meat and cheese, for example. Whereas those fats are known as long-chain fats, about two-thirds of the fat in coconut oil are medium-chain fats, also referred to as a medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

Your body metabolizes MCTs, such as coconut oil, differently from other fats. Notably, MCTs are readily available and used for energy, not stored as fat. MCTs can even pass the blood-brain barrier to supply your brain with energy. This is one of the reasons coconut oil is thought to have positive effects on those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

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