Food and mind connection
Have you ever noticed a common trait among most smart people? Most smarter people also tend to eat healthier. Some foods not only satisfy hunger but they also help to keep our brain healthy. We already know that a healthy diet can boost our immune system and overall health and fitness; however, food can also make us smarter. Below we’ll talk about 5 of the most powerful brain foods.
5 Powerful Brain Foods
1. Kale and Spinach:
Dark green leafy vegetables have iron in them. Iron deficiency is one of the major causes of altered brain development in children and infants. Pregnant and young mothers should make sure to have enough iron in their diets. Iron deficiency is also linked with attention deficiency in adolescents and young adults.
2. Dark Chocolate:
Dark chocolate is one of the best sources for vitamin E. Research has shown that vitamin E keeps our brain razor sharp. Chocolate also contains antioxidants that fight oxidation of protective membranes and peroxidation of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Our brain also works better with a little burst of extra energy.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants. High concentrations of antioxidants protect our brain from oxidation and help us to improve our memory. James Joseph, PhD and a lead Neuroscientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center claims that –
“modest amounts of blueberries dramatically slows impairments in memory and motor coordination that normally accompany aging.” – Life Extension
Salmon is one of the healthiest brain foods that has high amounts of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). We cannot make fatty acids ourselves, so we must eat enough oily fish to get our daily requirement of Omega-3 fatty acids . Fish contains active fatty acids in the form of EPA and DHA, which are easily absorbable by our bodies. Low levels of these fatty acids have been linked with Alzheimer’s, memory loss and poor brain development.
Avocados are a high potency brain energizer that have a blend of quality proteins and beneficial fats. They improve your blood circulation and oxygen supply to the brain. Start your day with scrambled eggs and avocados to load up on unsaturated fats; they ensure optimal brain function.
So as you eat smarter you also boost your brain health and become smarter. These foods contain nutrients which are especially necessary for brain health development. Include some of these foods in your daily meals, especially if you have children or if you are expecting a child.
Source: Alternative Health Concepts.
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