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Nutrition and a Healthy Brain


 The brain requires nutrients/food that keeps it functioning. Some of the foods that supply the brain with functional nutrients/foods are as follows:
1. Wholegrain: the brain needs energy in order to concentrate and focus, this comes from an adequate supply of energy (sources -wholegrain cereals, bread, rice, and pasta).
2. Fish—oily: the brain needs fat—the most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish. Good plant sources include linseed (flaxseed), soybeans, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, those fats are important for healthy brain function. The main sources of oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, and sardines.
3. Blueberries: the brain needs blueberries—the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Also, dark red and purple fruits and vegetables which contain protective compounds called anthocyanin’s.
4. Tomatoes: the brain need tomatoes—a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.
5. Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic acid: the brain needs –this B rich food like chicken, fish, eggs and leafy greens known to reduce levels of a compound called homocysteine in the blood.
6. Black currant boost: the brain needs—vitamin C, it needs its vitamin C with power to increase mental agility and protect against age-related brain degeneration including dementia and Alzheimer’s. Other sources are red pepper, citrus fruits and broccoli.
7. Pumpkin seeds: the brain needs this because of its richness in zinc-enhancing memory and thinking skills.
8. Broccoli: the brain needs broccoli—this good source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brain power.
9. Sage: the brain need –sage for improving memory and concentration.
10. Nuts: the brain need nuts—a great source of vitamin E and leafy green vegetable, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrain.
11. Exercise: the brain needs exercise—it keeps the brain sharp and improves cognitive thinking.

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