We’ve chosen 5 foods – with key brain-supportive nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 – to help prevent memory loss and sharpen focus while also satisfying cravings.
Bump up your brain power with these 5 yummy snacks.
1 JUST KEEP SWIMMING
With a mild vegetal flavor and a crust of salt, Ocean’s Halo Sea Salt Seaweed Snack’s seaweed is one of the few vegetable sources of B12 and omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve, and even preempt, declining brain function. $16 for 12 pack, oceanshalo.com
2 CLEVER CACAO
The deep and slightly bitter flavor from a 75% cacao is tempered with sweet maple sugar in Raaka’s Maple & Nibs dark chocolate bar. Dark chocolate’s flavonoids have been shown to help form and strengthen brain cell connections, meaning we’re all for more cacao in our lives. $6, raakachocolate.com
3 NIMBLE NIBBLE
These Health Warrior Organic Pumpkin Seed Bars are a toothsome bite of pumpkin seeds, a solid source of magnesium and zinc. Regular intake of magnesium has been linked to an almost 50% decline in preventing migraines, and zinc is crucial for regulating the sleep cycle. $2, healthwarrior.com
4 BRIGHT-EYED & BRAINY
It doesn’t surprise us that a mug of earthy Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane, a medicinal and adaptogenic mushroom, helps jolt brain function. Alongside organic Arabica beans, this brew includes chaga mushrooms and wild rhodiola root, meant to support cognition and memory. $15, foursigmatic.com
5 SHARP SUPPLEMENT
Created with a combination of high-quality ingredients, Barlean’s Brain Optimizer is powered into a chocolate mix, perfect for smoothies and other beverages. Gingko biloba, one of these compounds, protects nerve cells from damage in Alzheimer’s patients and might help dementia patients by promoting blood circulation in the brain. $50, go.barleans.com