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The 12 Greatest Movies Of 2015 That You Shouldn’t Miss

The 12 Greatest Movies Of 2015 That You Shouldn’t Miss

I’d like to declare this fact: I am a movie buff! Whether it’s drama, comedy, thriller, adventure, or horror, I like all kinds of movies. Here is a list of the 12 Greatest Movies of 2015 that you should not miss!

1. Wild Tales

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    Wild Tales is an incredible movie. The hilarious elements are what make this film pop. However, having said that, the element of romance in this film is incomparable to anything else you’ve probably ever seen! Watch this movie and tell us how you like it!

    2. 45 Years

    45 years

      The title of this film is inspiring. This tale begins on the eve of Geoff and Kate’s 45th wedding anniversary. If you are into drama and suspense, this film is a must watch for you.

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      3. Tangerine

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        Again, we come up with another movie with quite a surprising title. Friendship is a major theme in the film, so if you love your friends, then this is the perfect film for you.

        4. Blind

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          This film is heart touching and very warm. The film focuses on Ingrid, played by Ellen Dorrit Petersen, and her relationship with her husband Morten, played by Henrik Rafaelsen.

          5. The Duke of Burgundy

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          the duke of burgundy

            This is another one whose title speaks a great depth and has so much romance and drama enveloped into it. It features actor and actress Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna, who show what a relationship is like. The story shows the problems in a relationship and the obstacles they each must overcome. Go watch this film if you too are in a relationship, or are planning to enter one. It won’t disappoint you!

            6. What We Do In The Shadows

            what we do in the shadows

              If you like reading books or watching films that encompass mythical creatures like vampires, then this is the right film to choose this particular year. Add in a bit of satirical comedy and romance, and this film becomes the all-out-entertainer!

              7. The Martian

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                This film is just not for the geek in us. The film is written and directed in such a cleverly irresistible way that you will fall in love with it. Matt Damon is the central figure in this movie as Mark Watney. Being alone on Mars just got a whole lot better through Matt Damon’s adaption and portrayal of it in The Martian.

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                8. Heaven Knows What

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                  This film stars actors and actresses such as Arielle Holmes, Buddy Duress, Ron Braunstein, Eleonore Hendricks, Caleb Landry Jones, and Yuri Pleskun. It is based on Holmes’ unpublished memoir of her life as a homeless heroin addict living on the streets of New York City.

                  9. Spotlight

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                    Spotlight is an American drama directed by Tom McCarthy. It was written by McCarthy and Josh Singer. It is about The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in the United States. It is based on a series of stories by the real “Spotlight” Team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

                    10. Eden

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                    eden

                      Eden is an American drama about human trafficking. It was directed by Megan Griffiths, who co-wrote the screenplay with Richard B. Phillips and stars Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary, and Beau Bridges. The film was produced by Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler through Plank’s Centripetal Films production company. It was inspired by the story of Chong Kim, who claims that she was kidnapped and sold into a domestic human trafficking ring in the mid 1990s.

                      11. It Follows

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                        The movie is an American supernatural horror written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, and starring Maika Monroe. The plot follows a girl pursued by a supernatural entity after a sexual encounter.  It Follows received a highly positive reception from critics and audiences, with praise received for its acting, writing, cinematography, musical score, direction, and incorporation of old-fashioned horror devices.

                        12. Phoenix

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                          This film is directed by Christian Petzold. The film centers around Nelly Lenz, a Holocaust survivor and a former cabaret singer. The film’s screenplay is loosely based on Hubert Monteilhet’s detective novel The Return from the Ashes.

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                          Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                          Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                          Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                          Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                          If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                          When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                          In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                          1. Salmon

                          Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                          It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                          Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                          Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                          Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                          Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                          2. Blueberries

                          Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                          Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                          Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                          Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                          Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                          3. Turmeric

                          Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                          Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                          Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                          Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                          Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                          • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                          • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                          • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                          • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                          4. Coffee

                          Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                          Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                          Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                          Coffee can also:

                          • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                          • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                          • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                          • Improve your memory.
                          • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                          5. Broccoli

                          What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                          Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                          Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                          Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                          Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                          6. Bone broth

                          Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                          Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                          Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                          Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                          Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                          With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                          Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                          7. Walnuts

                          Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                          Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                          Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                          Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                          8. Eggs

                          For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                          Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                          Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                          9. Dark chocolate

                          You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                          Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                          Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                          Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                          Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                          Conclusion

                          Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                          In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                          If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                          Reference

                          [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                          [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                          [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                          [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                          [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                          [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                          [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                          [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                          [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                          [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                          [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                          [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                          [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                          [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                          [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                          [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                          [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                          [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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