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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Brain Food, Want Some?

In some of my previous posts, I’ve mentioned about food that can help increase your brain power such as drinking the right amount of caffeine, taking Gingko Biloba and eating fish. However, these are not the only ones that do a wonderful job in boosting your IQ.

In this post, I will give you more examples of food that are good for your brain and we’ll call them “Brain Foods”. Like the name suggests "Brain Food" are those that aide and enhance your brain function. Fish, for example, is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which clear blockages in blood vessels therefore allowing the nerve cells to function at an optimum level. This is why it is crucial to eat fish at least twice a week. For people who dislike the taste of fish, you may take omega-3 fatty acids supplement.

Here are some more examples of food that are considered “Brain Food”:
Avocados, Bananas, Beef, lean Brewer's yeast, Broccoli, Brown rice, Brussels sprouts, Cantaloupe, Cheese, Chicken, Collard greens, Eggs, Flaxseed oil, Legumes, Milk, Oatmeal, Oranges, Peanut butter, Peas, Potatoes, Romaine lettuce, Salmon, Soybeans, Spinach, Tuna, Turkey, Wheat germ, Yogurt.

Foods that have low glycemic index (GI) are considered good for your health because they slow down the distribution of sugar in your blood stream. Fruits naturally have low glycemic index which prevents one from having the so-called “sugar rush” and “sugar crash”. The whole ones rank lower than juices because the natural fiber slows down the absorption of fruit sugar. These are grapefruit, apples, cherries, oranges, and grapes.

Cereals and grains like oatmeal and bran are best. Spaghetti and rice also have a relatively low GI as compared to corn flakes sugar-coated cereals and white bread which have higher GIs. The higher the GI, the faster the release of sugar into the bloodstream and the quicker one will feel tired and lethargic. How can you think properly if you’re feeling sluggish, right?

Vegetables and legumes like soybeans, kidney beans, chick peas, and lentils are great brain foods because these vegetables contain the lowest GI. Potatoes and carrots are not that good for brain power because they have a much higher GI.

Dairy and milk products have low glycemic indexes. It’s a bit higher than legumes, but lower than fruits. Nevertheless, they are still good for the brain.

The way you eat your food also has an effect on the way your body and brain use these foods. For example, if you eat foods high in sugar after you eat legumes may still delay the absorption of sugar, thus preventing sugar blues. Fats and ice cream do the same as compared to low fat yogurt with sugary fruit. Also, try not to overcook starches because this would be like pre-digesting them, causing them to release sugar into the blood stream a lot quicker.

Proteins provide amino acids that help increase brain power. Amino acids such as tryptophan and tyrosine are the building blocks of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are our brain’s signal carriers from one brain cell to another. Therefore, feeding these carriers with amino acids via proteins we eat are good for overall brain functioning.

Proteins helps optimize brain performance. They contain amino acids, the building blocks of neurotransmitters. They are the ones that carry signals from one brain cell to another. Therefore, the better you feed these messengers, the more effectively they will enhance your brain power.

These are the good brain foods that you must be sure to eat to help maximize and optimize your brain power. In my next post, I will discuss the kinds of food that are bad for your brain and why you should avoid them.

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