The month of march is American National Nutrition Month, not only does one need nutrition for your body, but you also need it for your brain as well.
Your brain carries all of the fuel needed to get your body to work so it only makes sense that you feed it the necessary nutrients in order for one to grow and develop.
Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. Sometimes we wonder which foods are the specific ones to truly make a difference in the motor of our body. Take your notebooks out and have this list handy next to your fridge!
- Opt for wholegrains
- The brain can’t work without energy. In order for one to concentrate, one must have a steady supply of energy in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain.
- Opt for ‘BROWN’ CEREALS, WHEATBRAN, GRANARY BREAD and BROWN PASTA
2. Consume oily fish
- The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish as EPA and DHA. The following are also good for healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general well-being.
- Opt for LINSEED (FLAXSEED) OIL, SOYA BEAN OIL, PUMPKIN SEEDS, WALNUT OIL AND SOYA BEANS.
3. Blueberry binge
- Tufts University concluded that in the United States, the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss.
4. Tomatoes on the menu
- Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, help protect free radical damage to cells which occur in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.
5. Vitamins galore
- B- Vitamins: known to reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood.
- Look for B6, B12 and folic acid: less brain shrinkage compared to subset given placebo treatment.
6. Blackcurrant boost
- Vitamin C: increase mental agility
7. Pumpkin Seeds
- Daily amount of zinc: vital for enhancing memory & thinking skills
- Vitamin K: enhances cognitive function and improves brainpower.
- Improves memory loss
10. Nuts for nuts
- Vitamin E source
- Opt for LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES, ASPARAGUS, OLIVES, SEEDS, EGGS, BROWN RICE AND WHOLE GRAINS.