“Use it or lose it,” the saying goes—and boy does this hold true for our brains.
Could your gray matter use a little jog today? Check out the brainteaser above to find six hidden words. Share the words you find with us on Facebook, or connect with us there if you need a clue.
A fun fact about this image? It’s from Highlights for Children magazine (aka Highlights), which has been helping kids (and adults, in this case) learn since 1946.
Whether your kids read it now or you remember it from your own childhood, it’s good to know good ol’ Highlights is still helping readers keep their brains on point.
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Best Foods For Your Brain
Of course, word searches and puzzles are a great way to exercise your brain. But there’s something we all do every single day that can also have an impact: eat healthy foods.
The nutrients in certain foods are important for our moods, our ability to focus and our overall brain health.
In general, foods that are high in omega-three fats and antioxidants can boost your brainpower. Below is a sampling of foods that are great for your grey matter.
Chocolate is not only good for the soul, but it’s also good for the brain! Eating dark chocolate with 70 percent cocoa and higher improves blood flow to the brain, helping in areas such as memory, verbal fluency, and improved mood.
Like salmon, walnuts are another source of omega-3 fatty acids, and they are also full of other important vitamins and nutrients that help fight brain aging. Studies have shown that walnuts can help improve your memory, fight off depression, and increase your focus.
This cruciferous vegetable is high in choline, vitamin K, and folic acid, three nutrients that play a critical role in memory, cognition, and mood. Eating broccoli can help boost your focus, improve your episodic memory, and fight off negative emotions.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that not only gives the fruit its red hue, but is responsible for improved mood, better memory, and a decline in aging. Cherry tomatoes are your best bet when it comes to brain benefits, as they contain the most lycopene in their skin.
Wild-caught salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat for brain health. These nutrients can act as antidepressants, improve memory, and prevent cognitive decline.
Blueberries are filled with antioxidants and phytochemicals that fight off oxidative stress that could affect the brain as you age. Studies have found that the berry’s natural chemicals help fight off brain cell death, which can help improve your memory as well as motor coordination.
Ever drink a cup of coffee and felt like you could conquer the world? The caffeine in coffee not only helps with focus, but it can improve thinking skills, and memory. A cup of joe can also help fight off degenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
This heart-healthy fruit not only tastes delicious, but it contains a variety of nutrients such as folate, monounsaturated fat, and potassium that all work to improve brain functioning. Avocados can help lower blood pressure, preventing chance of stroke, protect nerve cells in the brain, and improve areas in the brain related to planning and critical thinking.
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