Brain Food

Brain Food

There are some foods out there which can have an especially positive effect on our bodies. A balanced diet and exercise is a key element to your health and well-being. The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a closer look into food which is good for your brain. Are fish fingers really good for your brain?

Your brain needs nutrients much like your muscles and lungs.  Here are some foods which are particularly good for your grey matter…

  • Oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel and sardines provide our bodies with essential fatty acids which can’t be produced by the body but can be taken in from what we eat. We’ve probably all heard of omega 3 fats which naturally occur in oily fish. These are especially good for a healthy brain, your heart, joints and general well-being.
  • Wholegrains , particularly brown varieties such as granary break and brown pasta help your body to slowly release glucose into your bloodstream which means keeping you mentally alert throughout the day. Just like the rest of your body, your brain can’t work without energy.
  • Berry Boost-studies have suggested that blueberries are effective for improving or delaying short term memory loss. Blackcurrants also have their health benefits as they contain Vitamin C which has shown links to increased mental agility.
  • Broccoli has been long pronounced as a ‘superfood’ as its health benefits link to various parts of our health and bodies. For our brains broccoli provides us with a great source of vitamin K which is known to improve brainpower and cognitive function.
  • Nuts can provide us with a great source of vitamin E which has been linked to helping to prevent cognitive decline. For elderly people this could be especially influential. Other sources of vitamin E include asparagus, olives and leafy green vegetables.  Avoid eating salted nuts to get maximum health benefits.
  • Avocados are rich is monounsaturated fat which help healthy blood flow to your brain.
  • Tomatoes contain lycopene which is an antioxidant. Lycopene can help protect cells from being damaged against free radicals which can occur in the develop of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • Pumpkin seeds are a fantastic source of zinc which is vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. In fact, a handful of pumpkin seeds provide your daily allowance of recommended daily zinc!
  • Carrots aren’t just for your eyes, they’re also good for your brain! Carrots contain high levels of luteolin which could reduce age-related memory defects and inflammation of the brain.

Placing at least some of these foods into your diet should help your brainpower and thinking. Tuning in to foods which are especially good for parts of our body or your overall well-being can be beneficial to the way you feel and the running of your body. So grab the fish fingers and get stuck in!

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