Blueberries and dark berries

Perhaps more than any other food, blueberries are associated with better brain health. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, making them a popular subject of studies on cognitive functioning. Many of these studies suggest that eating blueberries may protect against oxidative stress, improve memory and cognition, and prevent cognitive decline.

Other dark berries also offer benefits. For example, blackcurrants may boost the brain as well. Comparing 2 types of blackcurrant juice and a matched placebo drink, the researchers saw improved attention and mood and decreased fatigue in the two blackcurrant groups but not in the placebo group.

Grown Up Fruit Salad

It's hard to pick one brain food in this recipe. The berries and kiwi all have some evidence in their favor, largely because they are filled with powerful antioxidants like vitamin C. Spinach is also full of brain-boosting vitamins. Plus, just a quarter cup of walnuts provides nearly 100% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids. While the omega-3 in walnuts is ALA (alpha linoleic acid)—which has fewer documented brain benefits than other types of omega-3s—the human body can convert ALA into smaller amounts of more powerful omega-3s like EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).

Blueberry-nana Smoothie

Perhaps more than any other food, blueberries are associated with better brain health. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, making them a popular subject of studies on cognitive functioning. Many of these studies suggest that eating blueberries may protect against oxidative stress, improve memory and cognition, and even prevent cognitive decline.

Blueberry & Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

Perhaps more than any other food, blueberries are associated with better brain health. Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, making them a popular subject of studies on cognitive functioning. Many of these studies suggest that eating blueberries may protect against oxidative stress, improve memory and cognition, and even prevent cognitive decline.

Oatmeal Blackcurrant Pancakes

A recent study from New Zealand has found that blackcurrants may improve mental performance and boost mood. The study was small–with just 28 participants–but the results statistically significant. Comparing 2 types of blackcurrant juice and a matched placebo drink, the researchers saw improved attention and mood and decreased fatigue in the two blackcurrant groups but not in the placebo group.

In the meantime, we’ve put together a brain healthy pancake recipe featuring dried blackcurrants. It also includes walnuts, oatmeal, and eggs.