Health problems pose a risk in our life and it could happen at any stage of life. The main cause of early life diseases are the way we live our life these days; unhealthy eating, smoking, drinking and less of physical works are few of them. Our lifestyle has the highest impact on our health. Diseases such as obesity, heart problems and diabetes are few lifestyle diseases and according to a survey, certain lifestyle factors may lead to early onset of memory problems irrespective of person’s age.
The foods you eat play an important role in keeping your brain healthy and can improve specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration. Your brain is a big deal for you. You can help support your brain health and boost your alertness, memory and mood by strategically choosing your diet plan including these 10 foods in your diet.
You might have felt fatigue, dizziness, loss of memory and brain fog. It could be due to free radicals produced by different biological processes. These free radicals can damage our brain cells. Blueberries provide antioxidants that can scavenge these free radicals that might damage your brain cells and helps in proper functioning of brain. Now you know why blueberries are classified under “super foods”.
A very common food item on almost every breakfast table. The bright yellow yolk inside the white albumen of egg is rich in choline and vitamin B. Choline helps in formation of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter (a chemical necessary for transmission of nerve impulses). Thus helps in maintaining memory and communication among brain cells.
Have you ever thought about how does your brain looks alike. Yes it looks like a walnut and to no surprise, eating it improves your brain power. Walnuts are rich in DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) which is an omega 3 fatty acid that is the primary structural component of your brain. Thus it protects brain health and prevent early age related dementia.
It has two nutrients that helps brain in its proper functioning the first one you are already aware of is choline as mentioned earlier and the second one is vitamin K. Vitamin K sharpens your memory and keeps dementia away in older peoples and up to some extent Alzheimer’s disease too.
Who doesn’t love chocolates? But you will love it more when you will get to know that they are one of the richest source of antioxidants that protect your brain cells from oxidizing and thus from damaging by free radicals. Dark chocolate is also rich in flavanol which helps in reducing memory loss in adults.
As vehicles needs fuel to run, like wise our brain cells also need fuel to function properly and brain can get its fuel from coconut oil. Medium chain triglycerides present in coconut oil breakdown into ketons which acts as brain fuel. It may help to some extent in dementia.
Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) occur naturally in oily fishes. DHA and EPA both act as structural component of human brain that keeps brain healthy and evades chances of memory loss and has incredible impact on depression. EPA and DHA is very important for normal brain functioning and development throughout life.
“Spice for life” yes you heard it right till now you have known turmeric as a coloring and flavoring agent in foods but here is why it is called spice for one’s life. A compound curcumin found in turmeric has an immense therapeutic use. It acts as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory and anti proliferative. It plays a vital role in curing brain tumors, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
Due to its benefits to brain health they are called “super seeds”. They not only contain omega 3 fatty acids which maintain brain health but also contains high amount of magnesium nutrient which provides calming effects to the brains. It helps in preventing dementia that occurred at an early age of life. Pumpkin seeds also contain vitamin E and antioxidants like carotenoids.
They are rich in monosaturated fats which promote good inflow of blood to brain cells thus enhancing its functionality. Promoting blood inflow leads to highly functioning brain. It is also packed with amino acid and antioxidants which helps to reduce blood pressure. It is also good for nervous system to help relief stress .
To sum up, we can say that in our busy live schedule, we should take out a few moments for our body. We should run, jog, meditate, exercise and sweat out for body’s proper functioning. Selection of diet should be done wisely with healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. These 10 brain boosting foods should be considered in making brain sharper and smarter.
About Author: This is a guest post by Deepti Singh, M. Sc. (Food Microbiology and Toxicology)