The Best Foods for Brain Health



We often think that the only way to improve our brainpower and the health of our brains is to get enough exercise, keep our brains active by reading and learning, and avoiding alcohol and drugs. While these are great ways to improve brain health, there are so many dietary modifications that we can make to help our brains improve function and prevent significant health problems from occurring within our brains.

A primary source of benefit for brain health is the incorporation of foods in our diet that are high in essential fatty acids. The most common and most beneficial fatty acid that should be targeted to include in our diets is the omega-3 fatty acid. In order to find the right amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, consider fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines, and salmon. These fish are extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in the brain. Inflammation of the brain has been linked to cancers, stroke, and disease linked to deteriorating brain function like Alzheimer’s Disease. If you are not a fan of eating fish, you can use fish oil capsules as a supplement to still get the right levels of essential fatty acids.

Energy is a vital component attaining optimal functioning for our brains in terms of focus and concentration. A good way to get this energy to help us stay alert and focused throughout or day is through using whole grains when we turn to carbohydrates. Breads, cereals, pastas, and other carbohydrates with whole grains give our brains a steady supply of glucose, which is broken down as a form of energy. The glucose supply in whole grains is released into the bloodstream slowly, which gives us a steady stream of energy rather than quick bursts.

Antioxidant are a key component of brain health as they have the ability to ward off cancer causing free radicals. A variety of different brain health problems are associated with the damage to cells done by free radicals, and getting enough antioxidants in our diets prevents the action of free radicals. Blueberries, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and so many other foods have high antioxidant contents.

Ultimately, our brains are the most important organs in our body as far as cognitive function, sensory input, and perception are concerned. With the right diet, you can restore your brain health far beyond what it is today.

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