Health Guide To A Sharper Brain

April 23rd, 2011  |  Published in Featured, Health

It is no more a secret that poor diet can lead to depression and even trigger mental disorders. Eating health triggers positive energy whereas malnutrition can lead to a psychological imbalance. Here’s what to eat to keep your brain in the pink of health:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fishes such as salmon, sardines, herring and tuna are a great source of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docasahexaenoic acid). For vegetarians, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and soya been are good options. Our brain comprises 8% DHA and DHA supplements are important for optimal brain functioning.

Bright Fruits and Vegetables: Antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables help protect brain tissue from oxidation. Green leafy vegetables contain vitamins such as folate whereas such as C and E are found in various fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants help in reducing inflammation and oxidative processes involved in damaging brain cells. So, water-melon, mangoes, citrus fruits, broccoli and spinach must feature on diet list.

Red Wine: If taken in moderation, it can boost your mental health. Red wine contains resvertaol that can help enhance memory and cognition.

Phosphorous: Another essential mineral that is often ignored from the diet is phosphorous. Some of the sources are meat, nuts, legumes, sunflower seeds, potatoes, broccoli and dairy products.

Nuts: Nuts come loaded with minerals such as zinc, magnesium and iron. These minerals trigger brain stimulation. Declared as super nut by various medical associations, walnut tops the list brain-enhancing nuts.

Carbohydrates: Simple carbohydrates provide a steady source of energy to the brain. Some of the sources simple carbohydrates are grapefruit, cherries, oatmeal, bran, rice, milk, yogurt, kidney beans, chick peas and lentils.

Exercise: We know that the brain keeps producing new cells, but as you grow old, the brain’s capability to keep reproducing them slows down. Exercise helps in countering this effect by stimulating the growth of brain cells. Running outdoors is especially good when it comes to improving your brain response levels. Exercise is also great for metabolism; it reduces stress and improves the mood by releasing the ‘happy hormone’ (endorphin) – all of which help the brain perform better.

What to avoid: Over-processed food is high                on chemicals, preservatives and additives that may interfere with neurotransmitter (or brain chemical) formation.


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