Yes, we are well concerned with your physical wellness as advocates of women’s health care. But that does not begin and end with that premise. Mental wellbeing, like other aspects such as physical and emotional, is equally important and must be taken seriously. The good news is that taking care of the brain is not such a difficult task. By eating the right food, you would not only nourish the body but also the one that controls it.
Have some of these in your diet:
- Whole grains
When you think of carbs, the first that comes to mind is energy. Yes, your brain, like the rest of your body, requires energy to function. And what gives you your needed energy? Yes, carbs. The sufficiency of glucose in our blood to the brain gives us the ability to concentrate and focus well by providing steady supply of energy.
- Oily Fishy
Essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3, cannot be supplied by the body and it is abundant in the oil of fishes. It contains EHA and DHA. People with DHA levels have higher risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss according to a study. Omega-3 takes care not only of the heart but also of the brain.
According to research, blueberries are highly effective in dealing with short term memory loss.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant that prevents cell damages. It is a great tool against the occurrence of dementia, especially of Alzheimer’s.
- B Vitamins
Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine heighten the risk of stroke, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is believed to increase mental agility.
- Pumpkin Seeds
They are a great source of zinc, and are significant in terms of enhancing memory and cognitive skills.
Broccolis are rich in Vitamin K that enhances cognitive function and improves brainpower.
Nuts are a great source of Vitamin E which prevents cognitive decline most especially in the aging members of our society.
- Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are rich in ALA. ALA is a form of healthy fat that helps the cerebral cortex to function properly. That part of the brain is the one that processes sensory information.
Yes, they are rich in fats, fats that are good for the body. It is the kind of fat that promotes smooth blood flow in the body. Remember that the blood transports oxygen all throughout the body, including the brain. Yes, your brain is in great need of oxygen to function well.
Egg yolks are crammed with choline which improves memory function.
Having a cup of coffee regularly has been discovered to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental illnesses. Just the proper amount of caffeine (meaning not too much) is good for the brain and is also an antioxidant.
- Milk and Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and improves focus and concentration. Milk chocolate deals with memory and reaction time.