What are “Brain Foods?”

 

Blueberries are considered brain food

In the world of nutrition, it seems that there is new information that comes about every day that can definitely be of use. Simultaneously, there are constantly myths that we have to dispel, comments that we have to prove wrong, information that we need to discount, and general assertions made about our nutrition that prove to be faulty. Half the battle is simply finding out what is wrong and what is right, in an effort to use good nutrition to improve our overall health and wellness.

A common notion in nutrition is in regards to certain brain foods. These are nutritional components and dietary fixtures that can be incorporated to do wonders for our brains overall health and functioning. This means that the foods in question contain chemical compounds that are good for our brains, that are easily integrated into our brain’s structure, and promote optimal outcomes in how our brain controls our bodies. While there has been a lot of back and forth regarding brain foods, the general consensus in the scientific and the medical community seems to be that these foods are in fact helpful for brain functioning, learning, memory, and health.

Brain foods include almonds, all types of berries, spinach, salmon, and many others. Any food with a high content of Omega 3 fatty acids can be considered a brain food, as these lipids are instrumental in reducing inflammation throughout the brain and improving the strength of neural channels. In addition, brain foods are filled with powerful antioxidants that can boost immune health. When the immune system is functioning properly, the rest of the body will too. 

At this point in the year, children all across the United States are getting ready to go back to school and they need all of the help they can get in terms of focusing on schoolwork and removing the summer fun from their minds. This may be a tall task for parents, but the use of brain foods can help your children kick it into high gear for the coming school year. Give kids plenty of whole grains and leafy greens for dinner and a protein packed breakfast to start the day right. Big test coming up for them? Make a delicious “brain meal” with almond-crusted salmon, kale salad and maybe some blueberry pie for desert. All of these foods will surely give your child the brain boost they need to excell.

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