There really are some excellent brain boosting foods available. We all need nutrients to help the brain function, so in this article we will look at just some of these foods.
Remember, to help give your brain that boost, there are also some really effective 100% all natural supplements available too.
Oily fish – is the most effective food for omega-3. It is important to understand that essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body so you must get them through your diet. Oily fish contains EPA and DHA in ready made form.
Some examples of the best fish for this purpose are trout, salmon, sardines, kippers, mackerel and herring. Such types of fish are really great foods for your brain as it is understood low DHA levels are linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
Wholegrains – The body, and the brain need energy to work, and by getting an adequate, steady supply of energy enables you to concentrate and focus. It comes in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. If you can, choose wholegrains with a low-GI release because this will release glucose slowly into the bloodstream.
What this means is that you will be mentally alert throughout the day. The best types to go for are ‘brown’ cereals, wheatbran, granary bread as well as brown pasta. Wholegrains are one of the great ‘all-day’ foods for your brain.
Legumes – Pinto beans, black beans and lentils for example. These are all rich in folic acid. This is a B-vitamin that improves not only your information-processing speed, but also your memory.
Vegetables – You know how mum was always on at you to eat your vegetables? Well, as usual, she was right – brussel sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, and in particular broccoli are a great source of Vitamin K which is known to enhance your cognitive function as well as improving your brain power.
Fruits – Go for the berries! Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries for example. Why? They are rich in antioxidants which protect your brain cells. It is thought that antioxidants may slow down brain aging.
The above is just a small selection of foods which can help your brain. When looking for such foods remember that foods which contain carbohydrates are amongst the best type available. Please don’t forget your vitamins either!
Vitamins – Certain B vitamins – B6, B12 and folic acid are known to reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. It is thought that higher than normal levels of homocysteine can be related to an increase in cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.
What you must also remember is that a healthy heart makes for a healthy brain. So while you should eat a well balanced diet, it is really important that you take regular exercise. Just 20 minutes per day 3-5 times a week is sufficient. You also need regular sleep on a quality memory foam pillow.