Four Fruits to Help Boost Brain Power

August 29, 2013
Antioxidant-rich foods such as pomegranate may prevent memory loss

Antioxidant-rich foods such as pomegranate may prevent memory loss

Popeye ate his spinach and it always helped him save the day — and rescue Olive Oyl.  Did you know that nutritionists have found that nutrient-rich fruits may help prevent memory loss?

Summer is the season to enjoy fresh fruits and all the healthful benefits fruits offer to your diet.  Focus on these four brain foods to fuel your mind:

  • Blueberries.  Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce oxidative stress on the brain. What does this mean for you? Researchers recommend one cup of
    blueberries per day to reduce the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Enjoy a colorful smoothie for breakfast or for a refreshing snack on a hot day. Blueberries may be found year round in many local markets, and are in season during the month of August.
  • Avocados. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which promote healthy blood flow and help to lower blood pressure.  Not sure how to pick the right avocado? Follow this helpful guide on your next trip to the market.  There are also many delicious avocado recipes online. This recipe makes a delicious side dish for lunch or for dinner.
  • Pomegranates. While you may enjoy eating pomegranates by picking the seeds out of the fruits, drinking pomegranate juice offers a much easier way to get the greatest antioxidant benefits. Make juice at home by juicing the seeds, or purchase pomegranate juice at a local market. Beware, however: these fruits are quite high in sugar, so be sure not to not drink too much.  Alternatively, combine pomegranate seeds and avocados for a tasty and healthy guacamole.
  • Cranberries. Cranberries are most well-known for their ability to eliminate urinary tract infections, but they are also effective in warding off inflammation and oxidative stress. Researchers at Tufts University have also discovered that cranberries may have the potential to slow down the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Even though cranberries are harvested in the fall, they may be enjoyed year round. Enjoy this cranberry treat for breakfast.

Making these foods a staple in your diet may not only increase brain power, but may also add delicious variety to your meals!

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