How often do you take care of your body? Well, it is easy to say you do that all the time. Now, let us be more specific. How often do you think about the care and feeding of your brain? In reality, most people do not think this special care is as important as it should be. Your brain is a muscle and must be trained. But why is this important? Research has shown that an average individual only makes use of a minute part of the brain’s capacity. This means that with proper training, other “intelligent areas” can be built to function efficiently. Aside regular exercise, reading, and proper sleep, eating right is very important for the function of the brain. Here are 6 foods the brain needs to be at its best!
These “special” tasty berries are very rich in antioxidants that help in protecting the brain against oxidative stress. They also help to reduce inflammation, preventing short-term memory loss and brain degenerative disorders.
Although avocado is a fatty fruit, it is monounsaturated fat. As well as helping to promote brain health, it contributes to the healthy flow of blood throughout the body, lowering blood pressure in the process. This is especially helpful as hypertension is a risk factor associated with high blood pressure, contributing to the deterioration in cognitive abilities.
Just as it is with every part of your body, the brain cannot function without energy. This energy can be derived from blood glucose supply. Whole grains such as pasta, bread, wheat germ, contain glucose, helping the brain to focus and stay mentally active. Whole grains also improve blood flow, promoting cardiovascular health in the process. The brain of course, cannot function without proper flow of blood. This underlines the importance of whole grains as a brain “super food”.
Dark chocolate is rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, polyphenols; it contains several natural stimulants and has great antioxidant properties. Taking dark chocolate in moderation is great – half to one ounce a day is ideal. This helps to improve cognitive abilities, blood vessel function, thereby improving blood flow.
Pumpkin seed is a rich source of protein, zinc, and omega three fatty acids. They also contain tryptophan which helps to fight depression and anxiety, giving your mood a huge boost as the brain converts it into serotonin.
Spinach is rich in antioxidants which have protective effect against oxidative stress of the brain. They also contain folate, lutein, vitamin K, and nitrates. These nitrates help to increase blood flow to the brain – boosting the overall mental performance.