Brain Power

March 19, 2015 03:30 PM


QUIZ: What weighs only 3 pounds yet consumes half of the body’s total oxygen supply?

Your brain, of course. It’s always working even when you’re asleep. Billions of neurons communicate using chemical signals to keep us walking, talking, and thinking. Now, scientists are proving that our brains are only as good as their fuel supply, that is, how and what we feed them. Some food compounds are more effective than others in building or protecting brain tissue and brain functioning.

Try including these in your diet:

1.     Foods high in antioxidants. This isn’t hard to do since some of the tastiest foods around are full of antioxidants. Put blueberries, black plums, strawberries, raspberries, avocado, and red grapes on your menu.

2.     Omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have a protective effect on brain tissue and can boost the function of neurotransmitters. Omega-3s are found in walnuts, salmon and other fatty fish.

3.     Turmeric, the yellow spice found in curry and some mustards contains curcumin, a compound found to boost memory. We all could use better memory function.

4.     Choline, found in broccoli, cauliflower, and wheat germ has the power to keep neurotransmitters healthy. Investigations are underway to see if choline has the ability to spur the growth of new brain cells.

Dozens of studies are underway around the world to research brain function and how to preserve it as we age. Eat healthy and stay tuned for more developments.

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