Every bite of food you eat is a choice that either depletes or nourishes your brain.
The wrong foods — like sugar and trans fats — can leave you feeling mentally foggy, anxious, and depressed, while the right foods can help make you mentally sharp, positive, and productive.
Certain foods are particularly high in the nutrients needed to create, protect, and repair brain cells. These foods are called brain foods. Foods that are rich in essential brain nutrients will protect you against a variety of mental disorders now and degenerative brain diseases in years to come.
- Wholegrains! – The ability to concentrate and focus comes from an adequate, steady supply of energy – in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. Rice, pasta and cereals are rich in wholegrains.
- Fishy Matter – The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of EPA and DHA. Good plant sources include linseed (flaxseed), soya beans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and their oils.
- Blueberries! – The consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. They’re widely available, but you can also look out for dark red and purple fruits and veg which contain the same protective compounds called anthocyanins- great for snacking!
- Eat your Vitamins – Certain B vitamins – B6, B12 and folic acid – are known to reduce levels of a compound called homocysteine in the blood. They also directly affect your mood and stress levels.
- Nutty Situation – Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains. Haven’t you heard that walnuts are great for your brain because they look like tiny brains?
Having a nourishing, well rounded diet gives our brain the best chance of productivity.
Don’t forget that as well as a healthy diet, exercise helps to keep our brains sharp. Research suggests that regular exercise improves cognitive function and helps us process information more effectively.