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Part two of brain foods that help boost your brain power. If you missed the first blog post make sure you click here.
When you're busy with school and trying to learn all this new material it can get difficult at times to keep your concentration. Even at work when you are trying to get that last minute project done it can be hard to keep going. In addition, as we get older it is even more important to keep your brain healthy so it has the energy to keep and stay active. However, adding the right kinds of food into your diet can allow your brain function at its peak performance well into old age.
Here is a list of foods that will make sure that your brain is active and healthy:
Polyunsaturated fats contain fatty acids that your brain needs in order to function every day. This fat also has the ability to reduce the rate of depression in a person. One thing to note is that you need to make sure you get this fat through a source of a food because your body is unable to produce polyunsaturated fats naturally.
Sources: soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, fatty fish.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)
Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA is an omega-3 acid that has the structural components of the human brain. It is a fat that helps with everyday brain functions such as memory, speaking ability and motor skills. In addition, it has the ability to help reduce depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Also, it is important to know that your body only makes small amounts naturally in your body so it is important to make sure you get DHA from a food source too.
Sources: Mainly found in animal products like fish, eggs and meats.
Saturated fats have been stereotyped to be a fat to avoid. However, this fat helps the main components of the brain cells and helps with maintaining healthy brain function. In addition, it helps provide benefits for the liver, immune system and a proper hormone balance. But too much of this fat in your diet can also be harmful.
Sources: Can be found in meats, butter, whole milk, poultry, coconut and palm oil.
Salmon is a great source of a brain food as it contains high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. It has high levels of DHA which increases and helps your learning abilities. In addition, salmon can help you sleep through the night because it contains Tryptophan which is an all-natural sedative. Salmon is best when it is steamed or lightly grilled so you keep as much as the Omega 3 fatty acids as you can.
Avocados have mono saturated fat that help with brain functionality and promote a healthy blood flow. When you have high blood flow movement in the brain this means that you brain is highly functional. In addition to helping the brain avocados are also a great source of lutein which helps protect your eyes.
Nuts are a great source of unsaturated fats and vitamin E. This helps towards better brain functionality. In addition, nuts support the brain health by increasing inferential reasoning in young adults. With high amounts of DHA, it helps improve cognitive performance in adults and has proven to protect the brains' health in newborns.
Whole eggs contain saturated fats and choline which helps boosts a memory skill which is perfect for when you are studying for a big exam.
The antioxidants in olive oil can protect you from memory loss and Alzheimer's. It is the perfect food source to help you improve your memory and protects you against dementia and cognitive decline.
Coconut oil supports fat loss and builds lean tissue in the brain and helps to regenerate and heal nerve functions inside the brain. Coconut oil is also a perfect food source that can help keep your brain healthy.
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