Don’t think twice when reaching for these bites

Got food on the brain? Try reaching for something that’s good for your… well, brain! Your noggin, after all, runs on the nutrients you eat—so it’s worth munching on foods that keep you on your A-game, cognitively speaking. Here are 6 options to supercharge your brain health, according to research.


Calling all curry lovers: Turmeric contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound with serious brain-boosting benefits. According to a 2017 study, curcumin can enhance memory and attention, which may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease. (BRB, time to make some golden milk.)

Dark Chocolate

Go on, have that second piece of dark chocolate. In a 2018 study, the sweet treat increased electrical activity in the brain regions involved with memory. Try tossing it with homemade granola or making a healthy chocolate bark.


Somewhere between hearty salads and green juices, kale became the new “it” veggie. And for a good reason—it’s packed with vitamin K, which has been found to improve memory in older adults. In fact, according to a 2018 study, all leafy greens (like spinach and collards) can pump the brakes on cognitive decline.

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Aside from being downright delicious, berries are some of the best foods you can eat for brain health. In a 2018 study, researchers found that berries improve learning and cognitive performance thanks to their high antioxidant content. Enjoy them as a snack or in a refreshing berry smoothie.

Green Tea

Sip on this: Green tea lowers amyloid β peptide, a compound linked to neurodegenerative disease. Its active ingredient, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), also helps by protecting the brain against oxidative stress, according to a 2020 article.

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and trout are the ultimate brain food. They’re full of omega-3 fats, which have the super important job of building cell membranes in your brain. Low levels of your brain’s own omega-3s are linked to cognitive decline, so eating fatty fish can keep them in check, according to a 2016 study from the American Academy of Neurology.