We have all heard, “you are what you eat”. While a nourishing and proportionate diet is certainly great for our bodies, there are foods that are more favorable and healthy than the others. Everybody knows that we have to eat food that is deemed “nutritious and healthy”, but what about food that is great for just one very important part- the brain?
So, while there are numerous natural foods, drinks, herbs and supplements that possess brain enhancing properties, the super-fats that your brain needs most are the omega-3 fatty acids which is converted into DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) by your brain. DHA enhances neuronal communication and promotes neuronal growth.
To keep your brain healthy and going, you would want to track a healthy diet that will lead to strong blood flow, maintain mental sharpness, and reduce heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
So, here is some food for thought, literally- a simple list of the very best, proven natural foods & drinks for optimum brain (and body) health.
10. Whole Grains
If you have ever tried to lose weight, you know just how healthy whole grains are for your body; nonetheless, they are also great for your brain. Whole wheat, bran, wheat germ, brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain breads, barley and others contain high contents of folate which works to boost blood flow to the brain. Whole grains also have the capability to sustain needs of regular glucose supply to the brain. The fiber found in whole grains also helps control the release of glucose in the body.
Whole grains contain Vitamin B6 which is full of thiamine. Thiamine is great for improving memory. Scientific research has shown that memory loss dramatically increases by the time you reach your late 60′s or early 70′s; so whole grains are especially good for you as you get older. Whole grains also deliver fiber and vitamin E that help promote cardiovascular health, which helps improve the circulation to the brain.
Ditch that regular morning cup of coffee and try a cup of tea! Freshly brewed green or black tea is extremely beneficial to your brain because it if full of “Catechins”. If you have had one of those days where you feel drained, tired, and “too lazy” to think? It might be because your brain lacks Catechins. They are good for keeping your mind sharp, fresh, and working right. They also allow it to relax and help fight against mental fatigue. Although both, black and green tea is excellent for you, green tea is more effective. Drinking tea in the morning ensures that you’re starting your brain off right.
Whole eggs are not only high in protein, and low in calories, but are also rich in Vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. B vitamins help rule out inflammation, aid in the new brain cell development and help fight against brain atrophy which is often seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Eggs are full of vitamin B12 and lecithin.
Eggs, although very harmful if eaten a lot of, contain necessary fatty acids. The yolk, though very high in cholesterol, is also high in choline, which is a significant element of brain cells. Choline helps develop your memory.
7. Nuts and Seeds
If you are looking for a snack that contains everything good for the brain in it, then look no further than nuts and seeds. They are special as they have the energy derived proteins and complex carbohydrates and are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. The good thing is that all types of nuts are included- hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, and any other nut or seed that you can name or think of is great for your brain.
Nuts and seeds contain nutrients such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, folate, Vitamin E and vitamin B6 which allow you to think clearly, and more positively a the fatty acids work a natural anti-depressants. A number of nuts and seeds also contain Thiamine and Magnesium which are good for cognitive function, memory and brain nourishment.
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