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5 Foods That Can Stimulate Your Brain

 
Most of all that we eat affects our body directly. It’s also not surprising that it affects our mood, the brain functioning, our memory, and even our ability to think, handle stress or simple daily tasks.
 
It’s important to understand that maintaining your weight and staying fit is not the only thing that individuals should aim for but, also make sure that you eat the right foods so that your body functions at its best and your organs stay healthy too. 
 
Brain, which is one of the important organs in our body regulates innumerable complex functions in our body and is constantly at work even as we are fast asleep. It stores an incredible amount of information in the form of images, texts and concepts. Therefore, it is necessary that we ensure that there is constant supply of fuel to our brain.
 
The best fuel for our brain is- Glucose, which is obtained from the carbohydrate rich foods that we consume- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. Apart from this, our brain also requires certain specific nutrients Vitamin E, iron, folate, essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA), vitamin C, B12, zinc, etc. to run efficiently. These nutrients play a vital role in our cognitive functioning.
 
Let’s have a look at the foods which keep our grey matter happy:
 
1) Nuts
Nuts, especially walnuts and almonds, are extremely good for the brain and nervous system. They are packed with omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.  Vitamin E has been shown to prevent dementia by protecting the brain from free radicals.
 
2) Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Vegetables like collard greens, spinach, and broccoli are good sources of B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, iron, folic acid, fiber, etc. These nutrients protect against free radicals and excavate the heavy metals that can damage the brain. Folic acid is linked to lowering the levels of homocysteine (a non-protein amino acid) in the blood, which otherwise may trigger the death of nerve cells in the brain.
 
3) Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
They are packed with Vitamin E and contain a rich mix of protein, omega fatty acids, and B complex vitamins. These seeds also contain tryptophan, which the brain converts into serotonin to boost mood and combat depression. We can sprinkle them on top of our salad or consume directly as a snack. Now there’s a Brain-boosting Snack!
 
4) Berries
These are antioxidant powerhouse that protects the brain from oxidative damage due to the free radicals which can prevent premature aging, Alzheimer’s and dementia. The flavonoids in the berries also improve the nervous impulse transmission; improve memory, learning, and all cognitive functions.
 
5) Dark Chocolate
Here’s some good news for the chocolate lovers! The phytonutrients (that have antioxidant abilities) in chocolate improve blood vessel functioning, which in turn ensures smooth flow of blood to the brain thereby improving our cognitive functions and memory. Chocolate also stabilizes our mood and eases our pain. But, do not forget, moderation is key! 2 pieces of 70-80 % dark chocolate are more than enough to keep our mood and the brain cells happy.
 
We can now pay a special attention to these easily available simple foods and consume them more often to keep our Brain super-healthy!
 
Author - GOQii