The best foods for your brain

The best foods for your brain - Healthy Life PakistanHuman brain though not the largest organ in terms of size but is the most vital organ in the human body. It is said to be the most complex and unique structure that controls almost all the body functions. A scientific study is dedicated for this one organ alone, that is neuroscience or neurobiology, as the field is so vast and the brain is so complex. The human body ages with time, but research has shown to prove that the brain aging process can be slowed down as compared to the whole body. All it takes is good care of your body throughout your life time. Healthy eating habits in young age will eventually lead to a healthy body in later years. Basically all types of food are essential for a healthy brain and body but there are some foods that do wonders for the brain and give that little extra power. To name a few foods I have compiled a list below.

1. Fishes:
The most effective Omega-3 fats and essential fatty acids occur naturally in oily fishes. Human body is not capable of producing it; hence it is important to include fishes like salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers in your diet. Lack of omega-3 such as EPA and DHA have been linked to higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

2. Nuts:
A healthy dose of protein and fat can be obtained from an ounce of nuts each day. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help to keep arteries clean and to boost mood. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E too which lessens the cognitive decline in elders.

3. Green leafy vegetables:
Spinach and sage can be called brain batteries. Loaded with vitamin C and E they improve cognitive abilities and have proven to reverse age related memory loss. Also it a proven that a good dose of vitamin C releases dopamine in the brain which is a pleasure chemical that controls flow of information to different parts of the brain.

4. Berries
Strawberries and blueberries are vitamin rich berries that can help improve your memory and reduce effects of age related conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. 1 cup of berries a day significantly improves learning capacity and motor skills.

5. Whole grains:
Whole grain like brown cereals, wheat bran, granary bread and brown pasta should be part of a daily meal. An adequate and steady supply ensures the ability to concentrate and focus. Whole grain provides energy to the body and helps with the blood flow which is essential for a healthy brain.

6. Tomatoes:
Tomatoes have lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protect against the radical damage to cells which occur in development of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Folate and other nutrients in tomatoes keep arteries young.

7. Beetroot:
This root vegetable will boost brain power. Natural nitrates in beets increase blood flow to the brain, thereby improving mental performance.

8. Eggs:
A healthy breakfast consisting of eggs can improve overall cognitive performance. A leading source of choline, which is a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which help in short term memory.

9. Coffee and tea:
Coffee and tea not only just help you wake up. Studies show they may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improve cognitive functions. Tea drinkers when tested for a research study in 2010 showed that tea had protective effects on the brain. They performed better on memory and information processing tests.

10. Oats:
Carbohydrates such as glucose which are abundant in oats are a primary fuel for brain. Since the carbs in whole grain oats break down very slowly, they keep the energy level higher for longer.

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