With a Degree in Science and as a Certified Nutritional Counselor I, it is my passion to continue reading and growing in knowledge. Although we hear the phrase, “Knowledge is Power”, Food is the Real Power. Have you ever set out to conquer it all but right after you ate breakfast, lunch or dinner, the only thing on your mind is laying down and taking a nap? How did this happen? How could this happen when I have so much to do? It’s in the food we sometimes eat. Foods that are high in fat tend to make us sluggish and somewhat sleepy and foods that are high in fiber, grains, wheat allow our minds to be sharp and allow us to focus better on our work. There are foods that will help promote brain power and allow us to complete those long to do tasks we are sometimes given or that we put on ourselves.
Foods that Help with Brain Power – (Food Digest)
Like everything else in your body, the brain cannot work without energy. The ability to concentrate and focus comes from an adequate, steady supply of energy – in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. Achieve this by choosing wholegrains with a low-GI, which release glucose slowly into the bloodstream, keeping you mentally alert throughout the day. Opt for ‘brown’ wholegrain cereals, granary bread, rice and pasta.
Evidence accumulated at Tufts University in the United States suggests that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. They’re widely available, but you can also look out for dark red and purple fruits and veg which contain the same protective compounds called anthocyanins.
There is good evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. Flavor cooked tomatoes and enjoy with a little olive oil to optimize absorption and efficacy.
Certain B vitamins – B6, B12 and folic acid – are known to reduce levels of a compound called homocysteine in the blood. Elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with increased risk of stroke, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. A study of a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment found that after two years of intervention with high doses of B6, B12 and folic acid there was significantly less brain shrinkage compared to a subset given placebo treatment. Opt for B-rich foods like chicken, fish, eggs and leafy greens.
Broccoli is great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower. Researchers have reported that because broccoli is high in compounds called glucosinolates, it can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and to keep our brains and our memories sharp. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer’s.
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