Three brain fuels for memory, concentration and overall health! (Superfoods for a super brain)
The food we consume has a huge impact on the way our brain works. Just think about it – our brain is always functioning. From taking care of our thoughts, movements, breathing, heartbeat, it is working 24*7, even when we are asleep. This means, it is important to provide your brain with the right type of fuel for sustained and seamless functioning. This fuel comes from what we eat. In fact, the food we consume drastically affects the structure, functions and the overall mood of a person.
However, it is important to note that all types of food cannot be considered as brain-stimulating activators. Just like how an expensive car requires premium fuel for longer sustainability, the brain functions best when it gets premium food products. These may include foods that contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants that are used to nourish the brain and oxidase the waste materials. The culprits are free radicals which cause stress when they linger in our body for a long period of time.
How do food products affect your mood?
Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter which contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being. Functionally, it supports the overall brain in modulation cognition, learning, memory, and numerous other physiological processes. More than 95% of serotonin is produced and secreted in the gastrointestinal tract that is lined with millions of ‘good bacteria’. These bacteria play an essential role in fighting against toxic microorganisms and protect the tract from any inflammation.
According to a study conducted by The Harvard Medical School, ‘Traditional Diet’ has almost 25%-35% lower risks of depression and other mental disorder when compared with ‘Western Diet’. Traditional diet includes the Mediterranean and Japanese diet. Scientists reveal that sticking to a traditional diet is more beneficial as it involves more consumption of fruits, vegetables, seafood unprocessed grains, and a limited amount of lean meat and dairy.
Hence, this blog will further enunciate on the three (unless you meant to say 5, then please add two more products) important food products that will support your brain in producing more amounts of serotonin and other mood lifting neurotransmitters.
This food product is high in Omega-3 fatty acids that boost the brain heath. These fatty acids support the membrane around each brain cell, hence improving the structure of these cells and neurons. Moreover, research indicates that high levels of these fatty acids can identify better cognition and thinking ability.
This type of chocolate contains cocoa which comprises of flavonoids a type of antioxidant which is responsible to curb stress, anxiety, and reduces age-related cognitive and other brain diseases.
Just like dark chocolate, berries also contain high percent of flavonoids that reduces oxidative stress. Some of the other antioxidants in berries include caffeic acid, quercetin, and anthocyanin.
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Dr. Upasana Gala is the founder and CEO of Evolve Brain Training, a Neurofeedback centered institute that focuses on using non-invasive brain training techniques to maximize the brain's true potential.