Most of us know that good
nutrition and proper exercise will help our bodies stay strong and robust.
We now know
that it's also possible to enhance our brain's performance and
memory by including as many of the brain foods as
possible in our regular diet.
help to enhance the production of neurotransmitters which are chemicals that allow the
movement of information from one neuron the adjacent neuron.
Research has found that a
diet that highlights the following foods helps to diminish the effects of
inflammation and oxidation on the brain.
The brain food diet is
very simple really, not a whole lot to remember here. Try to remember the following food
groups and include them in your daily eating habits and together they will help nourish,
build and protect your brain.
Have you heard the old saying
that the more colorful the food the better it is for you?
It's the antioxidants that give
fruits and vegetables their beautiful colors. It's an easy rule to remember!
Most berries, spinach, brussel sprouts, beets, onions,
plums, prunes, raisins, cherries, oranges, red apples etc.
The primary function of Antioxidants is to neutralize free radicals in the
body that are believed to be the cause of heart disease, cancer and
Omega-3 fatty acids:
Tuna, flax seed oil, sardines, walnuts, herring, mackerel, olive
oil and salmon.
These foods all contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been
improve alertness, memory, and provide stress relief.
Lean meat, nuts, seeds, dairy products, seafood and poultry are all excellent sources of protein.
Your body employs protein to produce enzymes, hormones, and other chemicals.
Amino acids that derive from protein are the building blocks of your brain.
Protein is important for your bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, blood and to
build and repair tissues.
Natural Source B Vitamins:
Dairy products, whole grains, spinach, asparagus, seafood,
broccoli, carrots, brewers yeast, eggs, leafy greens etc.
Many people's diets are deficient in B
vitamins. B vitamins are known to help with the
production of neurotransmitters, some people call them "stress vitamins". B
vitamins also help with mood stabilization.