You are what you eat, well not technically BUT if we eat rubbish we feel rubbish. Bad foods make us feel sluggish and unproductive.
We know eating a balanced and healthy diet is good for our health but ‘health’ is the header for so many things.
Which foods, in particular, are good for our brain health?
– Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are richer in zinc than most other seeds. Zinc is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. They are also full of magnesium which helps with stress, B vitamins, and tryptophan, the precursor to the good mood chemical serotonin.
Our brains need a steady supply of energy to help us focus and concentrate which comes in the form of glucose.
Wholegrains release glucose slowly into the bloodstream, keeping you mentally alert.
Change white bread to wholemeal or seeded and opt for wholegrain cereals, rice, and pasta.
– Beans & Lentils
Not usually something you would necessarily associate with the usual brain foods but just like whole grains, beans and lentils also release a steady stream of glucose.
Avocados are high n antioxidants including vitamin E which protects the body and brain from free radical damage. Monosaturated fats, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids increase blood flow to the brain.
– Walnuts & Almonds
These two types of nuts, in particular, are extremely good for the brain and nervous system.
They contain omega 3, omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and vitamin E.
The nutrients in spinach prevent damage to your DNA, cancer cell growth and tumor growth but at the same time, slow the effects of aging on the brain.
Broccoli is a superfood, not just for the brain but the whole body.
Broccoli is rich in calcium, vitamin C, B vitamins, beta-carotene, iron, fiber and vitamin K. These nutrients protect against free radicals, keep blood flowing well and remove heavy metals that can damage the brain.
The flavonoids (yep, that is a real thing) in blueberries also improve the communication between neurons, improving memory, learning and all cognitive function including reasoning, decision making, verbal comprehension, and numerical ability.
Other dark berries are good for brain health too, such as blackberries, acai and goji berries.