Brain Food

April 30th, 2009

We all know that the foods we eat affect our bodies. But they may have an even greater impact on our brains. The right food can help us concentrate, stay motivated, improve our memory, and even prevent our brains from aging!

One of the most important ways to feed your brain is with the omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like eggs, flax seeds, walnuts and kiwi fruits.

It’s important to get enough complex carbohydrates, too, especially in the morning. They give you long-lasting energy throughout the day. One of the best sources is fruit. Berries and citrus are best. Add some protein, such as cereal or whole-wheat toast, for a complete healthy breakfast.

Consider eating eggs once or twice a week. Egg yolks have a special nutrient that has been proven to boost brain power by increasing brain speed.

In addition to getting the right types of food, it is critical to have enough water. Fruit juices and non-caffeinated teas are also good choices, since they relax the brain and help you focus.

To sum up, good brain foods include:

  • COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES, such as spinach, whole grains and grapefruit, to fuel brain function.
  • PROTEIN, which your body breaks down into amino acids that improve alertness and mental agility.
  • OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS, found in foods like eggs, flax seeds, walnuts and kiwi fruits, proven boosters of brain function.
  • WHOLE GRAINS, which improve cardiovascular health and pump more blood to your brain.
  • VITAMINS, like folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6, which improve the ability to recall information. Also, choline, the fat-like B vitamin found in eggs has been shown to enhance memory and minimize fatigue.