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Surge your brain power-Spinach

Brain boosting foods

Feeding the mind with the correct food can improve brain performance, as the brain uses carbohydrates for energy; omega-3 fatty acids for forming its cell structure and B vitamins play an essential role in brain function. Therefore foods rich in these nutrients must be incorporated in your diet to boost your memory and brain power.

Spinach

This leafy green is packed with nutrients like folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K which prevent dementia. Just 11/2 cup of cooked spinach packs a third of the folate and five times the amount of vitamin K you need in a day. Spinach is also high in potassium, which helps to maintain the electrical conductivity of the brain. This conductivity helps produce fast signals between neurons that make us think more clearly and respond more quickly.

Include: Take at least 1 cup of spinach in a day, in the form of porial, gravies, sambar in your meal.

Memory and brain boosting foods- Nuts

 

Feeding the mind with the correct food can improve brain performance, as the brain uses carbohydrates for energy; omega-3 fatty acids for forming its cell structure and B vitamins play an essential role in brain function. Therefore foods rich in these nutrients must be incorporated in your diet to boost your memory and brain power. 

Brainy nuts

Nuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are important for brain development and are associated with lower risk of depression and better mood, the expression of emotion and concentration. Especially walnuts (brain shaped) are good source of these fatty acids and increase the blood flow to the brain and protects against Alzheimer’s disease. As an added benefit, nuts contain a good amount of iron which is responsible for sufficient oxygen supply to the brain increasing your mental alertness and ability to retain information.

Include: Sprinkle sliced or chopped nuts into hot or cold cereal, fruit salads, and rice and pasta dishes, veggie dishes, even onto soup!

Fish- For reducing depression-Fish-The omega-3 fatty acids DHA

 Examples: Wild salmon, herring, sardines, anchovies, tuna (not more than once per week), rainbow trout, Fish-oil

Why they help: 

  • Fish is known as “brain food.”
  • Contain the omega-3 fatty acid DHA-increase the membrane quality and nerve function of brain’s gray matter .
  • Twenty percent of the gray matter in the brain is composed of DHA.
  • DHA consumption especially increases gray matter in three areas viz.the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the cingulate associated with mood.
  • People with severe depression have less gray matter in these areas.

Tip: Fish is also a great source of lean protein, which stabilizes blood sugar. Eating small amounts of protein with meals help to keep mood on a more even keel.