These foods might give you the brain boost you need

We could all use a mental boost sometimes, right? And one of the easiest and best ways to do so is through food. Yep, food! If we up our intake of products containing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, it turns out it may keep our brains healthy and increase our focus. Here are five things to start adding to your diet now, because being told to eat blueberries “for your health” is the best remedy.

1. Eggs

You’ve probably heard it before, how eggs are high in protein, but the yolks also contain choline, a building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. The latter helps with memory, according to Patricia Bannan, a dietician in L.A. specializing in nutrition and health communications. Plus, there’s so many ways to eat them — who says they’re just for breakfast?

2. Berries

Next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t pass up the berry section. Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and acai all have a lot of antioxidants and help with memory and learning. Plus, they can help guard against anti-aging health issues down the line, like dementia.

3. Walnuts

Walnuts can help with cognitive functioning, memory, and how fast we process things, a study from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA found. Not only are walnuts a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, but they also have alpha-linolenic acid, aka an omega-3 fatty acid, more so than other nuts, the study discovered. You can also mix the walnuts with your berries — and can add some Greek yogurt for added protein — and your brain should be good to go!