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Burning Calories by Using Your Brain by Jessica Boscarini

by Jessica Boscarini, posted to Health & Fitness

Eating certain foods is well-documented as being good for your brain. But did you know that you actually burn calories just by thinking? In fact, an active brain can burn an extra 100 calories per hr. No wonder we are so hungry after a long day of work! “Feeding the brain” is no longer just a m... More »

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The healthy phytochemicals that help to make up apples actually help protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases (in layman terms: what causes the brain to wear-down), such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Apples also help protect against damage by bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

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Berries contain many anti-oxidative compounds (think of them as anti-rusting agents), that can help prevent various kinds of brain damage from free-radicals, ranging from memory loss to strokes.

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Nuts are extremely high in Vitamin E, which helps to decrease memory loss as we age. They are also full of healthy fats, which help the brain function normally. Walnuts and almonds are two of the best.

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Tumeric (the yellow spice found in Curries), contains a phytochemical called curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities (inflammation is associated with dementia, strokes, and many other brain-related diseases).

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Egg Yolks

Egg yolks contain choline which is one of the most important nutrients to the brain – it is shown to help us retain knowledge. And don’t get hung-up on the cholesterol factor that usually has us turning our heads towards eggs in disgust. As long as you are eating a healthy diet, eating one egg a day won’t have any negative effect on your health in regards to cholesterol levels.

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Salmon (and other oily fish rich in Omega-3s): is thought to maintain healthy brain function, as well as to help our nerve cells effectively communicate with one another (in essence, having a positive effect on our memory and learning processes).

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Rich in iron and zinc, oysters help to keep your mind sharp and maintain your ability to concentrate.

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Michele Kole:

 I love how you made this simple to understand. Being healthy is a pretty easy choice. Perhaps expanding the list to include a few more foods to choose from. Thank you.