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7 Foods to Improve Brain Function

January 19, 2014 ena Food and Health BenefitsHome

Your brain spends to 20 % of complete consumed calories. Because of this, you should choose food that will help brain function and will improve memory, concentration and energy.

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Feed your brain

Fish – especially oily fish. This food is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the basic of brain cells. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintaining proper brain function. They improve concentration and memory and reduce the risk of brain stroke and dementia. Salmon, sardine, herring and mackerel are a good choice. Consume fish two times per week.

Eggs – are rich in proteins, vitamin E, vitamin B, omega-3 fatty acid and choline. Vitamin B feeds the brain and helps in creating of new cells. Choline also improves memory and concentration. You can consume 4 eggs per week.

Whole grains – oatmeal, whole-grain breads, brown rice are rich in vitamin B, vitamin E. They are excellent choice and you can consume them every day.

Nuts and Seeds – are rich source of proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E. They feed the brain and keep it healthy. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts against free radicals. Good choice are walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds etc.

Dark green leafy vegetables – are rich in vitamin B and folic acid. Folic acid keeps the brain healthy and reduces homocysteine levels. Homocysteine in high levels leads to cardiovascular problems, even heart attack.

Cocoa – rich in antioxidants and caffeine that helps creating endorphins. Endorphin improves the mood. Cocoa also improves memory and reduces the risk of brain stroke.

Avocado – contains antioxidant vitamin E, vitamin C, proteins and monounsaturated fats. Vitamin C and vitamin E reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Monounsaturated fats improve blood circulation that is necessary for good brain function. Avocado reduces high blood pressure.

Of course, regular exercises speed up body function and leads to better circulation and better brain function.

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