September 6, 2012

Food For Thought - Feeding The Brain

The brain is the most amazing organ in the human body, but for some reason it is often virtually ignored. There are numerous magazines and books on the care of your body, but none addressed specifically for your brain. So it is not surprising that few people do the things necessary to keep this vital organ happy and working at its best.
human brain
Did you know, for instance, that there are certain foods that you could be eating that would help your brain and its 20 billion cells to percolate at their very best? Here are five brain boosting foods that you should try to incorporate in your daily diet. Who knows? Your brain just might thank you later by unleashing your inner Einstein.

Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in such fatty fish as salmon, herring and tuna, may help prevent the brain from aging, and that people who consume more of these fatty acids do better on memory and problem solving tests than those who don’t. Consuming these omega-3 fatty acids is especially important for older and middle-aged adults.


Nuts are rich in vitamin E and folate, both of which are great for the brain. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which is an important agent in the fight against free radicals, which can damage brain cells. In addition, Japanese scientists have discovered that Vitamin E may even be able to reverse some degenerative brain diseases.

Folate, also known as folic acid, is an antioxidant that can help reduce brain damaging inflammation. Some nuts, such as almonds, are also packed with magnesium, which can also help improve a person’s cognitive functioning.

Spark your brain with increased blood flow by eating beets. Scientists at Wake Forest have discovered that there are natural nitrates in beets that will help dilate blood vessels, which will then speed oxygen and important nutrients to your brain.


Dark Chocolate
Is it possible that something as delectable as dark chocolate could also be good for your brain? Well, it is true. Dark chocolate contain cocoa flavonols, which improves blood flow to the brain. In addition, dark chocolate also contains chemicals in it that can release endorphins in your body, which can make you feel happier. Lastly, dark chocolate also has a little caffeine, which can give your brain a little needed stimulation.


Blueberries are another tasty treat that can help your brain function at its best. These little berries contain compounds, which scientists have discovered can boost neuron signals in the brain. Blueberries have also been shown to slow cognitive decline in elderly people.


Your brain is vitally important to your daily functioning, so take the steps necessary to keep it working at its optimal best by incorporating these brain boosters into your diet. Luckily, most are tasty additions that would be welcome in even the finickiest diner’s diet.

Nicole Walker is a guest writer for, a site she recommends for finding the best delivery options in your area.

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  1. Timma3:01 PM

    found it really helpful to get rid of television news.

  2. shrisha3:02 PM

    HUMOR! it is positive and entertaining

  3. Rajeev3:04 PM

    Snack on grapes instead of cookies.

  4. Urmila3:04 PM

    Eat well - it makes sense that what you eat afffects what you are. Make sure to get plenty of bright colored veggies and fruits like spinach, carrots, oranges, tomatoes.

  5. Samartha3:05 PM

    three main brain foods are flax seed walnuts and nut butter


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