If I was to tell you that you could eat your mind healthier then I would say that’s a pretty good deal, right? You get to eat and all the time you do that you are actually feeding your brain…double win. Eating well is not just good for your physical health but your mental health too. The brain is not a muscle but an organ, but it actually acts like a muscle, so therefore just like the rest of your muscles, if you pump in the right fuel you will actually enjoy better brain function.
Eating well is not just good for your physical health but your mental health too. The brain is not a muscle but an organ, but it actually acts like a muscle, so therefore just like the rest of your muscles, if you pump in the right fuel you will actually enjoy better brain function.
These foods will help satisfy your hunger but also feed the brain…
Tomatoes are a packed of two top notch nutrients for the brain, lycopene and bet-carotene, which are powerful antioxidants. These two carotenoids eliminate the free radicals that attack your brain and lycopene also regulates the genes that influence inflammation and brain growth.
Walnuts contain plenty of Vitamin E, folate, melatonin and omega-3 fats and other antioxidants which science bods have found help support brain health. Melatonin also help to assist sleep and consuming walnuts will help to triple the levels of melatonin in the body, so for some decent shut-eye grabs some nuts before bedtime.
Broccoli is a fantastic source of vitamin K that will serve as a booster for cognitive function and brainpower. Glucosinolates in broccoli also help to maintain the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, that helps the central nervous system to function well and fights the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Moderate consumption of dark chocolate has been found to be a superfood for the brain and the mood. Chocolate has been shown to fight depression and symptoms of anxiety.
Flavanols in chocolate penetrate and accumulate in the brain in areas associated with learning and memory and promote increased blood flow.
Egg yolks provide essential nutrients that promote proper brain function. The nutrient choline found in egg yolks is quite rare in other food types and helps serves to relay messages from the brain to your muscles.
Oily fish, particularly salmon are rich in Omega 3 fats and are presented in a ready-made way for the body and brain to absorb and use easily. Low levels of DHA and EPA (the fats provided by salmon) have been linked to the risk of Alzheimer’s and memory loss and these fats have also shown to help with stress.
Pumpkin seeds are richer in zinc than most of the other seeds which is vital for promoting memory and thinking. They also stimulate good mood from the presence of magnesium, B-vits and tryptohan.
The popular green fruit is a jam packed full of nutrients to help the brain. Monounsaturated fat found in Avocados promote healthy blood flow and lower blood pressure which means a far more productive brain.
Research has found that a bowl of blueberries will help boost concentration and memory. A study in the US found that rats fed blueberries experienced a reversal in nerve cell damage and actually learned faster, had a better short-term memory and had improved balance and co-ordination.
Peanut Butter is rich in protein, important for the best brain function. The popular spread is also rich in Vitamin E and helps regulate cholesterol and keeps blood vessels healthy.