Salmon and deep-water fish are an excellent choice, as is freshwater fish. They all have high levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for healthy brain function.
Blueberries are said to help with stress, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills.
Avocados, which have good ‘fatty fruit,’ are beneficial to healthy blood flow and decreased blood pressure, reducing the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke.
Nuts and seeds are fantastic sources of vitamin E, an important vitamin needed by your brain to stave off declining cognitive functions. Drop in a few bags of nuts into your supermarket trolley! Cashews, walnuts, sunflower, peanuts and sesame seeds and almonds are all beneficial for a fit and healthy brain! Again this will help with your maths skills.
Whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oatmeal are a valuable asset to a healthy brain by reducing the risk for cardiac disease. By maintaining a healthy heart and improved blood flow, the brain will perform at its optimum level because of the increased oxygen and nutrient delivered via the bloodstream. Complex carbohydrates are also found to deliver the brain with a continuous flow of glucose that enhances your brain function. However, simple carbohydrates, such as those in junk food, give the brain a quick and very short sugar high. This makes you feel tired, hungry and irritable. When you are less irritable you are more likely to be able to help your child with homework and learning multiplication.
Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties, contains several natural stimulants, which enhance focus and concentration, and encourages the production of endorphins, which helps improve mood. Again, moderation is the key.
Tea is a powerful antioxidant – freshly made tea as it promotes healthy blood flow. Be careful with black teas as they contain caffeine.