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Feed your brain

Feed your brain

‘Food for thought’ isn’t just about new ideas or concepts. There are also real ‘foods for thought’, with the best nutrients to keep your brain working. Try some of these to add more mind power.

FOOD FOR A GROWING BRAIN

Children need all the right nutrients for growth and development, but it is now known that new brain connections can be formed well into adulthood. Fish-sourced omega 3 is one of the best nutrients to maintain brain function, so load up on that oily fish. Vegetarians can use plant based versions of omega 3, although the supporting evidence for these is less strong.

FOOD FOR A HIGH-ENERGY BRAIN

Long hours and many life balls to juggle means that your brain needs to be firing on all cylinders. You need to be able to sail through those daily aggravations without blowing a fuse.

Everyday stress can sometimes produce eating, so make sure you are taking on the right things to combat it and to boost your thought power. Fruit berries should be high on the list, as they contain both vitamin C and anthocyanins, both compounds that are believed to help brain power. Blueberries and blackcurrants are particularly good sources of both of these, but any seasonal fruit will do.

FOOD FOR A LONG-LASTING BRAIN

Dementia is one of the most-feared diseases in the UK, and with good reason.  It is estimated that there will be a million sufferers in this country within 10 years, and already nearly 40% of us know someone who is affected.

The good news is that it is possible to reduce your risk of developing dementia. There is strong evidence that a healthy diet really does help. One good idea is the Mediterranean-style diet, plus those extra berries and green leafy vegetables. The extra plants have been shown to reduce dementia risk, although sadly there is yet no definite prevention.

Whatever your stage in life or fitness level, make sure these mind boosters are a regular feature of your diet.

 

the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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