Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, June 18, 2018 01:41:17 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Brain friendly food

photo by

By
20th-Dec-2016       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Life Desk :
The brain needs food, just as any other organ - and the right kind of that. The brain controls all our actions and thoughts and the food we eat can affect the brain both in a positive or negative way. A lot of nutrients and chemicals from our diet interact with our brain and can do so in a positive way.
The main source of energy for the brain is glucose and though candy can give you a quick high, it is healthier to fuel the brain with foods which release carbohydrates which are then converted to glucose - slowly and continuously.
Amino acids are derived from protein-rich foods that are required for the synthesis of neurons and neurotransmitters. The neurotransmitters behave like messengers and carry messages from one neuron to the next one. In a healthy brain, neurotransmitters are vital for keeping your brain sharp.
These neurotransmitters include dopamine for immunity and care of the nervous system, serotonin for moods, sleep, memory and learning, norepinephrine for alertness and focus, and acetylcholine for retention of memory and recall.
The brain needs healthy fats including Omega 3 fatty acids.
Antioxidants protect the brain from free radicals - due to excess oxygen - which float in the blood stream. They can cause loss of memory as a person grows older - antioxidants prevent this damage and stress.
The brain has a good amount of water and, to maintain this healthy level, a person needs to drink 7 -8 glasses of water per day.
Vitamins like B6, B12, and vitamin C are important, along with minerals like iron and calcium as they are the building blocks for the brain. Taking a multivitamin regularly - after meals - can take care of this.
Foods that help keep your brain healthy:
Blueberries: Berries are extremely good for the brain and their glycemic index is low with high fiber content - making them good for the brain. Blueberries are excellent for memory and learning; they reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Walnuts: These nuts contain high amounts of antioxidants which battle against brain cell damage caused by free radicals in the blood stream. They improve mental ability and clear the thought process. Walnuts are also known as "brain food" and the omega 3 fats found in walnuts aid brain function. Walnuts control the serotonin level of the brain - which is a chemical responsible for our moods.
Lentils and Beans: Beans have plenty of fiber, vitamins, proteins and minerals and are a rich source of carbohydrate. The brain uses 20% of the carbohydrates eaten. The brain needs glucose and beans can supply this at a steady pace.
Avocado: The monounsaturated fat in avocados help in blood circulation which, in turn, aids the brain to function better. They are rich in antioxidants and control high blood pressure.
Oatmeal: The best way to start the day is with oatmeal as breakfast. It is packed with fiber and is good for both the heart and the brain. The energy produced by eating oatmeal can sustain a person for long periods.
Pomegranate: As good as blueberries, pomegranate is rich in antioxidants. Rather than waste all the fibers present, it is better eaten in the fruit form rather than as a juice. Pomegranates are great stress busters.
Chocolate: Chocolate has caffeine and antioxidants, and of course serotonin, which is the happy protein. Chocolate can boost the brain and make you feel light hearted and happy, though take care - it's the dark chocolate we are talking about and not the milky one.
Seeds: Sesame, flax and sunflower seeds are rich in protein and the good fat as well as vitamin E and minerals like magnesium and zinc.
Oysters: Popular as an aphrodisiac, oysters are rich in magnesium, selenium, proteins and nutrients, which are necessary for the brain.
Garlic: Fresh garlic is best as it has properties which reduce bad cholesterol and fights bacteria because of the antioxidant content.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which again has antioxidant properties and so prevent cell damage. They are very good in warding off Alzheimer's disease.
Carrots: The compound luteolin in carrots brings down the inflammation in the brain and helps cells to retain memory.
Tea and Coffee: The caffeine in coffee perks you up and gets you awake and alert. Tests on mice show that coffee slows down Alzheimer's disease. Tea is very good for memory.
Spinach: Most greens and especially spinach are storehouses for vitamins C and E. They help the brain tissue to repair and also grow again. Eggs: The protein and fat in eggs supply energy to the brain for long stretches of time. Selenium found in eggs is a mood enhancer; eggs eaten in moderation are definitely a plus with no cause for concern.
Take care not to overdo the alcohol - a glass of red wine 2-3 times a week is alright, but imbibing alcohol regularly can inhibit brains function and interfere with dopamine production too.
Sugar and corn syrup is definitely unhealthy and should be indulged in as a treat only. Nicotine restricts blood flow to the brain and brain function is seriously hampered. A meal very rich in carbohydrates makes the brain and body very slow and sluggish.
-medindia

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Eid Mubarak


EID UL FITR is an important religious event celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The Eid (Muslim religious festival) is the first and only day in the month of Shawal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The ...

Cricket »

History-making Afghanistan get baptism of fire in Test cricket


AFP, Bangalore :Afghanistan were handed a bruising introduction to Test cricket by India on Thursday as they capped their astonishing rise from war and refugee camps to joining the sport's elite.Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai called it a "very proud moment" as he strode onto the field at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy ...

Football »

Orlando City midfielder Josue Colman kicks the ball away from Montreal Impact defender Rod Fanni during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Wednesday in Montreal.


Football »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) and the former German national soccer team player and integration commissioner of the German soccer association, Cacau (right) attend a women soccer training session at a soccer club in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday.


International »

World can `sleep well` after North Korea summit: Trump


A jubilant-sounding President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that his "deal" with Kim Jong Un has ended the North Korean nuclear threat, as his top diplomat said he hoped to see "major disarmament" of the country by 2020.Despite the lack of detail, or binding terms in the joint statement agreed with ...

International »

UN rights office calls for int’l probe in Kashmir


AP, Geneva :The U.N. human rights chief called Thursday for an independent, international investigation into reports of rights violations in the disputed region of Kashmir, laying blame for civilian deaths and injuries on the actions of both India and Pakistan.In its first report on the region, the office of Zeid ...

City »

Air Chief adorned with Air Marshal rank badge


A ceremony marking the adorning of rank badge of new Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat was held at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday.In the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq and Chief of Naval Staff ...

Entertainment »

Sylvester Stallone under probe for sexual assault


Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday that their sex crimes team was reviewing a case against Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone. Los Angeles District Attorney's office spokesman Greg Risling did not give details but said the case was presented by police in the California beach city of Santa Monica.Representatives for Stallone, ...

Editorial »

Pay the workers immediately, let them celebrate the Eid


NEWS media reported that nearly 40 percent of the garment factories, most of which are small and not members of any trade bodies like the BGMEA or the BKMEA, are yet to pay the workers' salaries or festival bonus although Eid-ul-Fitr is knocking at the door. Most of the 4.4 ...

International »

N Korean state media hails Kim-Trump summit success


Reuters, Seoul  :US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were splashed across North Korea's official party newspaper on Wednesday as state media hailed Tuesday's historic summit between the two men.The North's state media framed Tuesday's summit as a win for Pyongyang as it listed concessions made ...

Entertainment »

Secrets of Punam Priyam`s success


Entertainment Report :Punam Priyam is a popular media personality in Bangladesh. She is an anchor, producer and writer. In an interview with The New Nation, she has shared her life story and her views on different professional and personal issues. Details below:1. In our male dominated society men are still ...

Cricket »

Rahane says 'ruthless' India will not take Afghans lightly


AFP, Bangalore :Top-ranked India will be "ruthless" and not take Afghanistan lightly when they make their Test debut in Bangalore, skipper Ajinkya Rahane said Wednesday.It will be a historic moment for Asghar Stanikzai's team when they step out on Thursday for their maiden five-day outing against the world's number one ...

City »

Railway Minister Majibul Huq visited Kamalapur Railway Station in the city on Wednesday to witness the Eid journey of home-bound passengers.


Editorial »

Take urgent steps to prevent further landslides in hill region


AT least 11 people have been killed in separate incidents of landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Rangamati and Cox's Bazar. Among the deceased, 10 were killed in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati and one in Maheshkhali upazila of Cox's Bazar, as per a local daily report.In Naniarchar, landslides in Boro ...

Entertainment »

Chitrangda Singh wears the producer's hat!


Recently, 'Soorma' trailer starring Diljit Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles was released. While actress Chitrangda Singh who is been staying away from onscreen for a while has now overtaken the role of a producer for the movie, 'Soorma'. After Anushka Sharma and Priyanka Chopra trying their hands as ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news