We all have those days, our focus is off and our brain feels less than functional. The following four foods will give you more than overall great health benefits. These foods are known to help you focus and boost your brain power. Before you reach for that chocolate or coffee think color, spices, and leafy greens. Your brain will thank you.

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Leafy Greens – First up greens, greens and more greens. If you incorporate leafy green vegetables such as romaine, arugula, swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, and/or sea vegetables into your diet your body will be blessed with ultimate health. There are many nutrients in leafy greens such as lutein (helps eyesight), folate (good for heart health), carotenoids (brain protectors), vitamin A, C, and E (immune system booster) and antioxidants (brain power booster).

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Curry – This is a spice but can serve as a great enhancement to your food. Research has shown that the use of curry may prove beneficial in the prevention of amyloid, a plaque accumulation in the brain of many Alzheimer’s patients. Turmeric, one of the principal spices in curry fights inflammation, lowers artery clogging cholesterol, and prevents cancer growth.

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Berries – Packed with antioxidants and an abundance of colors, berries have the ability to fight off a lot of illnesses. The polyphenols, the agent that gives berries their deep hue, tends to activate proteins. This in turn will clean up the damaged cells by breaking down and recycling toxic chemicals linked to age-related mental decline.

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Whole Grains – Foods such as brown rice, whole oats, and barley are beneficial because these foods aid in the improvement of circulation, they contain essential fibers as well as B1, B2, and B6 vitamins that are essential for brain health.

-Yvelette Stines