Food for Brain: Sharpen Mind And Live Longer

by Michael Gonzalez-Wallace

Food for Brain

Who wants to become smarter? Who wants to feel healthier? I do! Many recent studies show the importance of how certain nutrients can positively affect the brain, specifically in areas of the brain related to cognitive processing or feelings and emotions.

Healthy Foods to Sharpen Your Brain

Which foods are good for a healthy brain?

In general terms, you want to follow a healthy diet for your brain that will lead to a healthy blood flow, improvement of mental sharpness and reduction of the risk of heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

According to Gomez Pinilla, a neurobiologist “Exercise and select diets have important influences on health and plasticity of the nervous system”. According to his line of research – The key is to avoid fried foods and add more Omega 3 fatty acids like Salmon or walnuts and always remember when ingesting fish to watch the mercury level and keep it as low as possible.

According to Dr Pinilla’s study “New evidence indicates that exercise, in combination with dietary factors, exerts its effects by affecting molecular events related to the management of energy metabolism and synaptic plasticity”

Why are Omega 3 Fatty Acids So Important for our Brain?

According to one study, the super-fats your brain needs most are omega-3 fatty acids. Your brain converts them into DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which enhances neuronal communication and promotes neuronal growth.

Food for thought: Food and nutrients represent energy to our bodies the same way that when we use our car we need to fill the gas tank. Unfortunately, we generally take better care of our cars than our bodies. Why is that? Science is telling us that consuming the right nutrients can help our health, aging process, and more efficient brain-body functioning.

Foods for Brain Health

With that said, I want to share with 10 foods that will help you must keep in your diet to maintain brain health:

1. Eggs

Egg yolks contain choline. Studies are showing how deficiencies in choline may contribute to age related mental decline.

Weekly Recommendation: 4-5 times

2. Leafy Greens

Our mothers were so right to make us eat vegetables, since leafy greens are rich in folic acid which is essential for the metabolism of the long chain fatty acids in your brain.

3. Lean Beef

Lean beef is one of the best brain foods because is rich in vitamin B12, iron and zinc. These vitamins and minerals have been shown to maintain a healthy neural tissue. Iron deficiency may affect mental performance.

Weekly Recommendation: 3 times

4. Berries Including Blueberries, Strawberries or Blackberries

Studies show that people who eat strawberries improve their memory and their motor skills. In addition, their critical antioxidant properties can protect your brain from the oxidative process.

Weekly Recommendation: Daily

5. Dark chocolate

Who doesn’t like a nice piece of dark chocolate? I do. Dark chocolate does not only taste good but it is also an excellent nutrient for the brain. Dark chocolate is one of the best natural stimulant offering incredible concentration powers and very powerful antioxidant properties containing natural stimulants that increase the production of feel-good endorphins. Trick: You need to find dark chocolate with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving for optimal benefits.

Weekly Recommendation: 4 pieces, 4 times a week

6. Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which studies have shown to be essential for brain function.

Weekly Recommendation: 3 times

7. Ground Cinnamon and Dried Oregano

Certain spices have powerful antioxidant properties.

Weekly Recommendation: Daily

8. Walnuts

“A snack that looks like a brain it can’t be bad for your brain” Walnuts are rich in protein and contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins E and B6, which all promote healthy neural tissue.

Weekly Recommendation: Daily

9. Whole Grains

Whole grains deliver fiber and vitamin E that help promote cardiovascular health, which helps improve the circulation to the brain.

Weekly Recommendation: Daily

10. Yogurt

Yogurt and other dairy foods are filled with protein and vitamin B that are essential to nerve cells and improve the communication between nerve cells

Weekly Recommendation: Daily

Last and not least add plenty of water  since proper hydration helps your brain perform at a high levels.

Nutrients are not only for your body they are absolutely crucial for your brain. Life is about choices and selecting the right nutrients can play a key role in your health.

Source: http://www.curejoy.com/content/10-foods-sharpen-mind/

 

 

Kristina Caputi