It’s amazing what a morsel of food can do with your body. Everything that we put into our mouth in the form of food becomes a part of our body in some form or the other. Also, every organ and system responds better to some food that the other. Our brain is no exception. Studies show that giving the right nutrients to the brain, its performance improves several notches. This is one of the reasons that students who are appearing for an exam are usually put on special diets that helps them concentrate and memorize better. Research has shown that a regular diet of ‘brain rich’ food has brilliant results on the thought process of a person.
- Go fishing for brain health- Studies have shown that fish is rich in omega – 3, which is an important component of the brain, retina and nerve tissues. Omega -3 is found in cold water fishes such as herring, salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut and sardines. The function of omega-3 is to improve the thought process of a person, improve IQ levels, improve memory, enhance concentration and also has a positive effect on the communications between brain cells.
- Dairy products- One of the most popular dairy products is milk. However, it can also be consumed in other forms such as cheese, milk crème, butter, tofu and cottage cheese. All milk and milk products are rich in vitamin B6, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium and potassium. These milk products are also highly popular with children as they consume them in the form of milk shakes, cheese burgers, while pasta, fruit crème and ice-cream.
- Green leafy veggies- Green leafy vegetable are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals that help in normal functioning of the brain. Some of nutrients are vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The best way to consume these vegetables is to have them raw. Broccoli, spinach, peas and fenugreek are some of the best sources of these nutrients.
- Bite into a fruit- Unlike green leafy vegetables that are not particularly tasty in the raw form, fruits are a tasty distraction. Not only their colors and shapes are easy on the eye, but they help you break free from the monotony of bland food. To make the most of the nutrients in the fruits, it’s best to eat them in the raw form, however fresh juices can also make a good change. Some fruits like mango are rich in glutamic acid and vitamin A, which are important proteins that help in concentration and memory.
- Sweets and nuts- Sweets provide the brain with the necessary energy to stay stimulated and help to delay mental fatigue. Nuts are also a tasty and healthy option for children who want to improve their memory. Nuts are rich in vitamin E and B6, folate, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and antioxidants. They coax and improve memory and increase brain power. Hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil buts, peanuts and cashew nuts are believed to be rich in the above nutrients.