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Brain Food

Ever heard anyone mention that fish is best for the brain? Do you ever wonder if itís true?

There may be some association between the food we digest and the overall power of our brains. Just like the rest of our body, the brain needs replenishment and nourishment thru a well-balanced diet, and often reacts negatively to a constant intake of junk foods. Some studies have noted the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, commonly found in fatty fish, which show the lessening of damaged brought on by dementia. One study in particular even showed that eating at least one fish meal per week may significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimerís disease. Fish is not the only food that has been linked to improved brain power. There are also noted benefits to eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fiber. Other praised brain foods are typically the brightest, most colorful fruits and veggies, such as blueberries, strawberries, prunes, raspberries and blackberries. Many items included in the brain fuel list have antioxidants found in them have been positively linked to improved memory in many subjects. Antioxidants are natural compounds that are found throughout nature that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are byproducts of cellular activity that can damage other cells or cause undue stress to the body. Antioxidants seek out free radicals and neutralize them before they can exert their harmful effects on the body.

In addition to the foods good for our brains, foods containing B vitamins or magnesium are crucial to ensuring normal brain and nerve function. Both of these nutrients are often found in almost all whole grains and in enriched and whole grain products such as bread, rice, pasta and fortified cereals.

Finally, remember that just like the rest of your body, your brain needs energy, which it prefers to get from glucose. FYI - This may be one reason why some people who follow a low-carbohydrate diet report feeling sluggish. Your brain needs nourishment also; you can achieve an overall healthy lifestyle and keep your brain and body functioning correctly. Just like every other aspect of nutrition, balance and moderation are the keys.

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