The human brain is the most complex and studied part of the human body. Yet with all this research, we only have a small understanding of its capabilities. One thing that we do understand is that the brain, like our bodies need calories and nutrition to maintain a healthy stasis. Many of us have seen and heard things about super-foods and how certain ones can benefit our eyes, muscles, digestion, skin etc. but what foods, super or not, could benefit our brain?
The human brain is made out of nervous tissue that sums to 40% gray matter and 60% white matter. These tissues contain billions of neurons, dendrites and axons which transmit signals to every part of the boy to perform daily functions. The brain is an organ that is approximately 60% fat. With that information, here are some foods that support our brains hefty jobs!
Not only to these nuts resemble the human brain,
but they are packed with nutrition that can improve cognitive performance. Walnuts contain significant amounts of DHA (an Omega-3 fatty acid) and polyphenols which protect your body against free radicals and cancer cells. A single serving of walnuts (about 7 pieces) will allow your body to reap the benefits of this brain food. A person may also experience an uplifted mood along with increased cognition when regularly eating a single serving of walnuts per day.
Avocados on toast became the internet's favorite breakfast in 2019 not just because it tastes good, but also because avocados are extremely beneficial to brain and bodily health. This fatty fruit is filled with monounsaturated fats, vitamin c, b vitamins, and potassium which contribute to healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow means a nurtured healthy brain!
Fatty fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids similar to walnuts. These fatty acids, increase blood flow to the brain and can improve the structure of brain cells by helping to build the protective cell membrane (brain cells; neurons). Fatty fish that have the highest levels of Omega-3’s are Salmon, Trout and Sardines.
This substance has been a favorite of ours since the 6th century and can be derived from a number of plant sources. The most common method of ingesting caffeine is through coffee or green tea. Caffeine is an immediate way to prevent our brains from tiring and it prevents dopamine (feel-good chemical) from getting reabsorbed into the body. This will boost brain productivity and enhance overall mood.
There are a number of berries that humans are capable of consuming that will all provide similar benefits, but for this, I’ll stick to the most commonly known ones. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries have all been linked to preventing memory loss as we age, are high in antioxidants (protects brain from free radicals) and can prevent inflammation in the brain. Berries can also improve both motor control skills and cognitive capabilities.
So there you have it! Brain foods to feed the organ that makes us who we are. Just like with any diet change, if these foods are paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can
maximize brain productivity levels and live your life at your optimum health!
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