Saturday, May 26, 2012

Foods That Strengthen Brain Function

By on 11:07 PM


What foods do we have to make us brainy?
Fruits and vegetables are all we need to make us brainy. However, since there are organic and inorganic foods and vegetables, make sure you choose the organic ones to achieve your desired results.

To make us smart, we need in our daily diet complex carbohydrates as it provides glucose to our brain. In fact glucose is the only sugar that brain can absorb. Brain cells need glucose to fuel itself in order that it can help us concentrate better. How do we get complex carbohydrates? Find wholegrain bread, brown rice, oats, fruits and vegetables, and many more. They are really very good sources of complex carbohydrates.
Antioxidants-containing foods also help avoid brain aging. Free radical damage is easily combated by foods high in antioxidants. Free radicals develop either naturally in our bodies or from such factors as pollution, secondhand smoke and many more attacking our body cells.

Another source of protein not to be sneezed at is egg yolk that contains nutrient choline believed to strengthen brain memory. Have two eggs or more daily to get health benefits.

If you never drink coffee, now try to drink it regularly. Coffee boosts our brain power. Your memory will improve. Coffee, if taken regularly, is said to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Do not drink coffee more than 5 times daily, especially if you have hypertension or coronary disease. The caffeine in coffee may trigger an increase of heart beat.

Cocoa is also rich in antioxidant and epicatechin. Include cocoa in our daily drink to help us strengthen our brain function.

The other foods that make us brainy are water, oily fish, kelp (seaweed). Drink at least 8 glasses of fresh water a day. Water is very important for our brain. Keep ourselves hydrated to get optimum brain performance. Fish, as we may know, contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA helps prevent blood clotting while DHA is a vital nutrient to improve learning power and mental growth. The last but not least is a sea vegetable (seaweed), which is high in magnesium, calcium and iodine. Kelp or sea vegetable is reach in iodine that helps maintain growth and development of our brain.

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