When it comes to our diet, we are usually more concerned with our waistline than our wisdom. Yet our brain depends on us to supply it with foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support its health. Good food choices lead to significant improvement of specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration. Bad choices… not so much.
So… What exactly does our brain need from us?
Omega-3 fatty acids, Flavonoids, and Vitamin E to start with.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
(for smooth brain functioning)
Omega-3 fatty acids play an essential role in reducing bad cholesterol and decreasing inflammation. It may very well be the brain’s best friend.
(for better memory)
Almost all fruits, vegetables and herbs contain flavonoids. They are super-charged with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support your brain’s health. The general rule with plant based food is: the more colourful it is, the higher the level of flavonoids it holds.
Smoothies (nudge-nudge, wink-wink) are full of flavonoid goodness as well.
3. Vitamin E
(for brain protection)
Vitamin E prevents cell damage. The benefit of taking a vitamin E supplement is a point of contention among researchers, but there’s no doubt that the foods containing this antioxidant are extremely good for you.
So the answer to the question “Do vegetables (and fruit) boost your brain power?” The answer is a definite Yes… but only if you eat them.