10 Tasty Brain Foods to Enjoy Now
Delicious brain foods to give your energy, help you learn, think and move. By Philippa Norman MD, MPH 1. Quick! Think Avocado!
Avocados are smooth and creamy because of their fat content. They are rich in a fatty acid called oleic acid, which helps to build the coating of insulation, known as myelin (found in white matter of the brain.) Myelin helps information travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Oleic acid makes up over a third of the fat in myelin. Thus, avocados (and other sources like olives, almonds and pecans) are helpful for speedy messaging within your brain. 2. You Don’t Have to Wine So Much! Just Eat Purple Grapes
Purple grapes contain the phytonutrient resveratrol known for its helpful effects on circulation while resveratol is concentrated in red wine, you can still get plenty by munching purple grapes. Grapes help prevent circulatory problems that contribute to dementia by decreasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients. The benefits? Grapes help keep blood vessels healthy by preventing blockages - they raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). 3. Eat the Whole Thing: Brown Rice
B-vitamins in Brown rice! That's the secret to this high-energy grain. B-vitamins like riboflavin help produce energy for brain cells by revving up mitochondria. Brown rice contains other important B-vitamins too - like niacin, thiamin, and inositol for optimal brain health. White rice lacks the complete array of B-vitamins because the nutritious hull has been polished off and replaced with just a few of the B-vitamins replaced during processing. To get energizing B-vitamins, include brown rice and other whole grains in your diet. 4. Learning with Lentils
These tiny flying-saucer shaped beans provide iron, a mineral important for learning. Iron helps form myelin - necessary for quick information...
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