October 23, 2012
FORZA Super 5-HTP is a potent mood enhancer that helps to raise the level of the ‘happy hormone’ Serotonin in the brain. For even more cognitive power, the popular supplement can be taken with a wide variety of ‘brain foods’ to further improve brain and memory function, protect against age-associated cognitive decline and enhance mental focus and clarity.
For breakfast, why not try a selection of berries with walnuts and a cup of coffee. A diet high in berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, is linked with slower mental decline in memory loss and focus, while walnuts are packed full of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Aside from its brain-boosting effects caused by its high caffeine content, coffee helps to maintain mental health and stave off depression as a result of its anti-oxidant richness.
Salmon, spinach, avocadoes and garlic are important ingredients to bear in mind when preparing yourself a healthy lunch. Salmon has been linked to a lower risk of dementia and improved mental acuity due to its Omega-3 fatty acids; spinach is rich in the anti-oxidant lutein, which is commonly thought to help protect against cognitive decline; avocadoes are full of monounsaturated fats that are known to improve vascular health and blood flow and actually slow brain aging; and garlic may have the ability to stave off certain forms of brain cancer. If you are used to snacking on smaller meals throughout the day, there are few tasty treats healthier than bananas and dark chocolate.
Bananas are nature’s energy bar and their high Potassium content means that they can have a significant effect on an individual’s endurance and athletic performance. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, is rich in flavonoids, a type of anti-oxidant that helps to regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure. It is also vitally important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day. Dehydration actually shrinks brain tissue and can have a serious negative effect on cognitive function, impairing short-term memory, focus and decision-making.
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