17
February
2014

Foods that are Great for Your Brain

What foods are good for your brain power?

We are constantly learning, discovering, thinking, and planning. We use our brain each and every second of the day to help us accomplish something. It’s amazing how the brain works, and how automatic certain things are, such as walking, or simply moving your arms. As I type this, I am telling my brain how exactly to move my fingers, but it is so automatic and second nature. However, we also need ‘brain power’ to do things that do not come automatically, such as critical thinking to solve a chemical or mathematics problem. In this article, we will take a look at some foods that are essential for our brain, and work to boost our ‘brain power’ each day.

Blueberries are called ‘super foods’ because they are rich in antioxidants, and they are great brain foods because they can help protect the brain from a type of stress in our cells that is associated with aging, and may also reduce the effects of a variety of age-related conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries also increase the signaling capabilities to the brain, which can improve overall learning capacity and memory, and increase motor skills.Adding even one cup of blueberries each day (fresh, frozen or freeze-dried) can help.

Avocados, another well-known ‘super food’, are almost as good as blueberries in terms of boosting brain health. Even though avocados contain monounsaturated fat, this type of ‘good fat’ contributes to healthy blood flow, and this in turn means a healthy brain. Avocados can also help to lower blood pressure and promote healthy blood circulation, thereby promoting brain health. Because avocados have a high caloric count, adding ¼ or ½ an avocado to your meal each day, is sufficient.

Whole grains like whole-grain breads, oatmeal, and brown rice work to reduce the risk of heart disease. Having good cardiovascular health means having good blood flow to your organs, the brain included. Wheat germ, which isn’t technically a whole grain, is also a ‘super food’ because it has additional fiber, vitamin E and omega-3s. Adding ½ cup of whole-grain cereal, 2 slices of whole-wheat bread, or 2 tablespoon of wheat germ each day, can greatly improve your overall brain health.

Wild salmon, and other deep-water fish, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for optimal brain function and health. Wild salmon is particular is a “clean” fish and there is plenty of it to go around. Omega-3s contain anti-inflammatory substances, which can help the brain, especially when experiencing a headache. Fish high in vitamin B13 can also help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Adding two or three servings of deep-water fish a week to your diet, can boost your ‘brain power’, and brain health.

My mother always told me to eat carrots to improve my eyesight. But as it turns out, carrots are also very good for the brain. Carrots have high levels of a compound know as, luteolin (a flavonoid that affects the permeability of capillaries), which can help to reduce age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain. Peppers, celery and olive oil are also high in luteolin. Adding a couple servings of carrots or other foods high in luteolin, to your weekly diet can help give you the ‘brain power’ needed to be successful each and every day.

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17
February
2014

Foods that are Great for Your Brain

What foods are good for your brain power?

We are constantly learning, discovering, thinking, and planning. We use our brain each and every second of the day to help us accomplish something. It’s amazing how the brain works, and how automatic certain things are, such as walking, or simply moving your arms. As I type this, I am telling my brain how exactly to move my fingers, but it is so automatic and second nature. However, we also need ‘brain power’ to do things that do not come automatically, such as critical thinking to solve a chemical or mathematics problem. In this article, we will take a look at some foods that are essential for our brain, and work to boost our ‘brain power’ each day.

Blueberries are called ‘super foods’ because they are rich in antioxidants, and they are great brain foods because they can help protect the brain from a type of stress in our cells that is associated with aging, and may also reduce the effects of a variety of age-related conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries also increase the signaling capabilities to the brain, which can improve overall learning capacity and memory, and increase motor skills.Adding even one cup of blueberries each day (fresh, frozen or freeze-dried) can help.

Avocados, another well-known ‘super food’, are almost as good as blueberries in terms of boosting brain health. Even though avocados contain monounsaturated fat, this type of ‘good fat’ contributes to healthy blood flow, and this in turn means a healthy brain. Avocados can also help to lower blood pressure and promote healthy blood circulation, thereby promoting brain health. Because avocados have a high caloric count, adding ¼ or ½ an avocado to your meal each day, is sufficient.

Whole grains like whole-grain breads, oatmeal, and brown rice work to reduce the risk of heart disease. Having good cardiovascular health means having good blood flow to your organs, the brain included. Wheat germ, which isn’t technically a whole grain, is also a ‘super food’ because it has additional fiber, vitamin E and omega-3s. Adding ½ cup of whole-grain cereal, 2 slices of whole-wheat bread, or 2 tablespoon of wheat germ each day, can greatly improve your overall brain health.

Wild salmon, and other deep-water fish, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for optimal brain function and health. Wild salmon is particular is a “clean” fish and there is plenty of it to go around. Omega-3s contain anti-inflammatory substances, which can help the brain, especially when experiencing a headache. Fish high in vitamin B13 can also help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Adding two or three servings of deep-water fish a week to your diet, can boost your ‘brain power’, and brain health.

My mother always told me to eat carrots to improve my eyesight. But as it turns out, carrots are also very good for the brain. Carrots have high levels of a compound know as, luteolin (a flavonoid that affects the permeability of capillaries), which can help to reduce age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain. Peppers, celery and olive oil are also high in luteolin. Adding a couple servings of carrots or other foods high in luteolin, to your weekly diet can help give you the ‘brain power’ needed to be successful each and every day.

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