Friday, September 12, 2008

Purpose-Driven Eating | 8 Brain Boosters

Purpose-Driven Eating is Important

It is important to eat for brain growth and development, to prevent cancer and to stabilise hormones. This article tells you 8 foods that are known to boost your brain.

As you age, your brains cells are known to die off. What can you to stem this, or boost and sharpen your memory or IQ? Many scientists and nutritionists believe that the foods you eat can directly affect the way your brain performs, that you can boost your intelligence quotient (IQ), focus your concentration, sharpen your memory and keep your mind young. A person is 20 percent genes and 80 percent nutrition.

They can also have an effect on how young children develop and grow, which is why this article is also important for mothers to read.

1) Fish
Fish like salmon (see picture on the left), sardines and cod are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for brain growth and function. The brain is 60 percent fat, so fish is a good source of that.

Other than being a great protein source, egg yolks also have a high amount of choline - a nutrient in the B vitamin family - which helps in the memory development. The best way to eat your egg is soft boiled. Frying or having it hard boiled destroys the protein, causing it to be allergenic.

Nuts provide vitamin E and are also a good source of antioxidants that protect the membraines of brain cells against free radicals. Macadamia and almonds are recommended. Ground peanuts are less ideal because they may result in allergic reactions in some people.

4)Colorful Vegetables
Vegetables provide high levels of antioxidants that keep brain cells strong and healthy. Choose fresh produce in a wide variety of colors to give you a wide range of beneficial antioxidants. Also go for the brighter colors, and hence more intense antioxidants, which helps prevent cancer. Colorful vegetables such as purple cabbage, red, yellow and green bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus are good.

Wholegrains provides gradual release of glucose that the brain needs to fucntion due to the fibre regulating its release. It also contains B vitamins. The slower release process of glucose swings - the process in which a child is energised and then quickly becomes fatigued. These mood changes are unhealthy for a child.

Berries contatin high levels of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which can help prevent cancer. Some studies have also shown improved memory. The best fruits are berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and even cherries. They are less sweet and prevent less sugar related problems. They also have antioxidant levels that are rated the highest.

Beans provide energy from proteins to complex carbohydrates, which are good brain foods. Proteins are needed to synthesise the nucleic acid of brain cells. Green beans and red beans are good. As far as soya beans go, it is best to consume fermented soya products.

Yogurt is a good source of protein and vitamin B and vitamin D, which are vital for the growth of brain tissue and neuro-transmitters. Because yogurt is fermented, it is also pre-digested and is easier to process.

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