A lot of people, when asked about nutrition, think about ways to improve their diet in order to lose weight, improve heart health, and even build strong bones. However, what we eat can also affect our brain’s nutrition. It’s the central governing organ to our bodies and requires a lot of upkeep in order to keep us thinking, reasoning, and learning.
In fact, several studies that show proper nutrition for our brains NOW can prevent cognitive decline LATER, and it’s never too late to start eating healthy to help our brains. Here are some excellent foods that can serve you and your senior loved one when it comes to receiving ample nutrition for that big grey matter resting atop of your shoulders.
One of the main nutrients needed to improve brain functions are the Omegas found in fish oils. These fatty acids are a component of the cell membrane surrounding the brain cells. If the brain receives plenty of the Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s it will increase permeability from brain cells to brain cells. Think of the brain as an engine in a car. It has a lot of parts to it that keep it running. The Omegas act like a lubricant. They keep everything running smoothly so nothing gets built up and prevents one piece from operating correctly with another. The smoother all the parts of the brain operate together, the more cognitive ability you or your senior loved one have.
Unfortunately, the “b” in B Vitamins does not stand for brain, however they can be viewed as “brain” vitamins. These important nutrients help with all kinds of important functions within the brain.
Just like any other muscle, tissue, or organ in your body, the brain needs energy to do its job. Without the necessary energy the brain can’t retain information, make new memories, or repair cells, and its only source of energy is sugar. The glucose found in carbohydrates fuels our brains in order for it to perform daily tasks. Oddly enough, our most important organ only makes up 2 percent of our body mass, yet it consumes 20 percent of all energy our bodies use, so make sure you supply it with ample enough sugars to keep it full and functional!
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