Food and nutrition plays such a huge role in regulating the human body functions. There are times when we fall ill and then find out that poor nutrition played a role, or we haven’t been eating the right amount of food, or there’s a particular vitamin we’ve been lacking. Whatever the case may be, the bottom line is that food is an essential part of life!
Nutritionists recommend that one should generally maintain a diet pattern that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes through their life. Though foods which are particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and B vitamins are known to support brain health and are usually tagged as “brain foods”. Research also shows that the best brain foods are the same ones that protect your heart and blood vessels.
In this article, I would be taking you all on a journey of 3 super foods that help to maintain a healthy brain, enhance memory and mental function.
This is found in coffee, dark chocolate, tea, and energy drinks. Caffeine is known to energize, make one alert and help with concentration. The effects might be short term for those who rarely consume it.
A 2014 study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that participants with higher caffeine consumption scored better on tests with mental function. According to other research, caffeine might also help solidify new memories.
Go moderate with caffeine as “over-consumption” can make you dizzy and uncomfortable.
If you still are not convinced on why breakfast is important, then consider this: studies have shown that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. So except you’re on a fast, never skip breakfast.
Also, students who eat breakfast tend to perform better than those who don’t.
Here are different foods at the top of researcher’s list to fit into your breakfast: fatty fish (like sardines, tuna and mackerel), avocado (can also be used as bread spread), dairy, boiled eggs, fruits, and potatoes.
Flavonoids (an antioxidant) has two types called “luteolin” and “diosmin” which were shown to reduce levels of beta-amyloid (a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease) in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes the brain to shrink and brain cells to die.
Tomatoes and green peppers are high in luteolin, and lemons are high in diosmin.
Recent studies have shown that antioxidants may reverse some of the symptoms of aging such as: memory loss.
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