Brain Food – food for thought
Have you ever wondered how to keep your brain healthy?
Add these vital ingredients to your food shopping list, it’s brain food. The fruits and nuts can be eaten as snacks everyday or added to a dish. Try to include fish into your diet at least once a week. Tip: combine these brain foods with 30 – 60 min physical activity. Daily exercise helps to improve brain health, meaning you will have a healthy body and mind! So concentrate on good nutrition and remember to exercise.
An antioxidant-rich super berry with bioactive phytonutrients that give them their deep-blue colour “for sweet concentration and a juicy memory” says Scientists. The ongoing investigation into the of potential health benefits of blueberries, show confidence that flavonoids in blueberries stimulate an upsurge in oxygenated blood flow to the brain to keep your memory sharp for a very long time. Packed with essential nutrients, blueberries protect the brain cells from the damage caused by free radicals and help to restore the natural health of the central nervous system. For brain health, wild blueberries may slow the loss of cognitive function and decrease depression in the elderly. That’s healthy brain food eating for you!
Avocados are almost as good a brain food as blueberries, promoting your brain health through blood flow. The avocado is “a bit nutty, but melt in your mouth” says Kristina. The fatty fruit, with a buttery texture and an aroma that is grassy and earthy. The fat is a safe kind of fat, a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. This brain thing is a walnut shaped organ in your skull that needs stimulating often. The nutrition delivered to the cells of the brain depend on enhanced blood flow to ‘fire it up’ and help you to make good decisions.
So what’s the best fish for you brain? Deep-water fish, such as Wild Salmon, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids – essential for brain function. These healthy fats have an astonishing impact on mental performance and behavioral function. Oily fish contains EPA and DHA in a ready-made form, which enables the body to use it easily. Fish has also been proven to improve your concentration and mood. For brain and heart health, a recommended serving of fish is 2-3 times weekly, so go fishing for compliments to the Chef.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a nutritious snack — particularly raw tree nuts, that contain higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin E which has been linked to sustained brain power over time. You can happily and healthily enjoy up to an ounce a day of nuts.”Be smart, go nuts and eat seeds” she said.
Shaped like a brain! The top nut for brain health, are also the richest in omega-3 fatty acids for heart health, and contain ellagic acid a cancer-fighting antioxidant.
Richest nut in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and great for weight loss. Cholesterol lowering, have as much calcium as milk, and help prevent cancer.
Particularly rich in iron and zinc. are rich in minerals like copper, magnesium, zinc, iron and biotin. They are actually a low-fat nut, and one big handful of cashews provides tryptophan, which will work as a great antidepressant.
If you have not succumb to the taste of nuts yet, you can combine nuts with dark chocolate for added health benefits, with powerful antioxidant properties, it contains natural stimulants like caffeine too, which can enhance you focus if you have a task at hand. Tip: coat your nuts with dark chocolate to get all the benefits you need with a minimum of excess calories, fat, or sugar.