Brain food

Brain food. 46140.jpegLearn about foods that help to improve brain function

by Éverton Oliveira

A healthy, balanced diet is vital for anyone who wants good health. That everyone knows. But what we also need to know is that everything eaten interferes with the functioning of the "complex machine" that is the human body. With the brain, the coordinator of all our tasks, this influence is even more relevant.

Therefore, we must invest in more foods that help improve brain function, in the quest for the physical well-being and mental health. Now meet the main foods that ensure the health of your brain, and why they are important to be on the plate:

Oats: brings energy to the brain and is the source of B vitamins that help regulate the transmission of information between neurons.

Flaxseed oil, fish oil, omega 3 sources, which promote neurogenesis (the formation of new neurons and protects existing neurons).

Chlorophyll: a source of nutrients that help to eliminate toxins from the body. It increases brain activity. Broccoli and spinach are the best options, since they are excellent sources of folic acid, responsible for the formation of the nervous system of babies. It also contributes to good cognitive performance and assists in communication between nerve cells.

Cocoa rich in flavonoids that protect the blood vessel walls and provide excellent blood flow to the brain. Also helps to prevent hemorrhages.

Green tea: The catechins present in tea have neuroprotective properties, it also reduces neurological damage and memory loss.

Soy Lecithin: a source of choline, contributes to neurogenesis, which is the formation of neurons. It also phospholipids, phosphorus is an important mineral for the memory. The consumption of foods containing choline during pregnancy and breast-feeding beneficially affects brain development in children.

Oil seeds (walnuts and almonds) contain large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids, which guarantee a smooth functioning of the brain, as they make up the membrane of nerve cells and enhance the transmission of messages between them.


Translated from the Portuguese version by:

Lisa Karpova


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