miércoles, 10 de abril de 2013

Food For Our Brains Health

Our mood believed it or not strictly related to our brain health. What we eat and drink gives us the necessary brain chemicals for the better functioning of our mind. For example: Did you know that eating popcorn is very beneficial to be more cheerful? Why? Well, the answer is simple. Popcorn contains serotonin, which is a hormone made by the brain and is an important neurotransmitter.

Serotonin increases the feeling of relaxation, self-esteem, safety, well-being and optimism, and when we have a high level of this hormone, we are able to concentrate more easily and sleep more soundly.

Serotonin is manufactured in the body with the amino acid tryptophan, when the body cannot produce it, it must be obtained from external sources such as popcorn. A curious fact is that all the world's cinemas sell popcorn as it stimulates a chemical reaction to improve depression and insomnia because serotonin stimulates the brain to "feel good." It is a very smart idea, do not you think?

What other foods stimulate your ability to think right and feel good? Here are some examples:
1. Pumpkin seeds: A handful of these seeds a day will supply all the zinc your body needs favoring different skills such as memory and mental agility.

2. Broccoli: This vegetable will help you optimize multiple skills and stimulate mental information processing speed of your brain.

3. Nuts: Walnuts, besides being an enjoyable food and can be combined with dozens of dishes, endows you with a good amount of vitamin E, an essential ingredient for the development of memory.

4. Scallops and sardines: These seafood’s are rich in vitamin B12 supplement that can relax your nervous system, which will result in greater clarity of thought, and it will provide energy to your brain to perform more functions agile and concrete.

5. Blueberries: If take a few blueberries a day it would be a great gift to your brain, you will be grateful you did. Their high level of antioxidants and Omega-3, together with the proteins that it gives our body, stands as an essential food in our diet brain.

6. Green Tea: Green tea can help improve memory and cognition in me, reports a new study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. How does it work? Green tea is chock-full of polyphenols like EGCG. These healthful chemicals might be behind green tea’s benefits. "Green tea may help prevent neurotransmitters involved in brain functioning, like dopamine and epinephrine, from degrading. It may also inhibit senile plaques from depositing in the brain, which impairs cognition," says study co-author Stefan Borgwardt, M.D., of the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland.
It also cleans your blood, rejuvenates your body and combats the likelihood of getting cancer.

7. Wild Salmon: Deep-water fish, such as salmon, are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are necessary for brain function, says Kulze. Both she and Pratt recommend wild salmon for its "cleanliness" and the fact that it is in plentiful supply. Omega-3s also contain anti-inflammatory substances. Other oily fish that provide the benefits of omega-3s are sardines and herring, says Kulze; she recommends a 4-ounce serving, two to three times a week.

8. Curry: Also known as Indian Saffron, the spice gives these dishes their amber coloring and rich, earthy aroma...and provides you with a brain-boosting dose of curcumin.

This popular food seasoning originated from India, and North Africa has a main ingredient called curcumin; curcumin is theorized to help fight illnesses like depression because it boosts the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. This ingredient packed with antioxidants that help your brain maintain cognitive function and no wear to the passage of age.

Well, as we have seen so far these foods can certainly stimulate your ability to think smarter. After all if you think intelligibly you are more likely to make good decisions.

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