The brain is a hungry organ, its cells require two times the amount of energy than that of other cells in the body. To work well and efficiently throughout the day, this energy level must be kept high enough so not to cause mental stress and exhaustion. With that said, diet plays an important role in our energy levels. Good nutrition, or brain food, can give us energy and help us live longer, more satisfying lifestyles. The brain functions at its best with roughly 25 g of glucose flowing in the blood stream (one banana). By eating frequently and not over- or under-indulging, brain power is optimized.
I have outlined below examples of common healthy brain food:
Avocados- Don’t let the avocado’s fat content fool you. It’s a healthy fat that promotes blood flow, keeping your mind functioning at its peak. That’s not all: Avocados have also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
Bananas- “One study found that women who increased their folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 intake showed an improvement in recalling information compared to women who were not taking a supplement.” Plus, it’s a great excuse to load up on some carbs! According to the University of Texas. A banana is a healthy alternative to processed foods, and it is 99.5 percent fat free. Eating a banana helps the brain to function at its best. Bananas release energy slowly, and this helps the brain to stay alert.
Blueberries- Eating this tasty, low-glycemic superfood every day was found by the USDA and Tufts University to slow and even REVERSE age-related brain decline, as well as improve short-term memory loss and help reverse age-related loss of balance.
Broccoli- Broccoli has been shown to improve memory function as well as slow the aging process. This means a broccoli-rich diet will keep you young and sharp.
Carrot juice- Raw carrot juice is perhaps the best overall therapeutic food in the world; it alkalizes, cleanses, nourishes and stimulates almost every system in the body.
Cranberries-Cranberries are so powerful in preserving brain function, researchers recently found, that by t heir antioxidant action they can reduce the severity of brain impairment following strokes. They protect against the brain cell damage that usually occurs in the early stages after a stroke. Exposure to a concentration of cranberry extract equivalent to about half a cup of whole cranberries resulted in a 50% reduction in brain cell death.
Coffee- Regular coffee consumption has been shown to actually reduce the risk of mental decline and diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and has also recently been found to be (shockingly) the “#1 source of antioxidants in the average American diet”
Eggs-Egg yolks are rich in choline, an essential nutrient to improving memory function. Eggs contain protein and fat to provide energy to your brain for hours, and the selenium in organic eggs is proven to help your mood.
Flax Seeds- Flax seeds are crammed with ALA- a healthy fat that aids the cerebral cortex in functioning better. This is the portion of the brain responsible for processing sensory information. Keeping it sharp is vital.