Food for your brain

Lifestyle Saturday 13/February/2016 17:50 PM
By: Times News Service
Food for your brain

Like our body our mind too ages with time and it is essential to maintain its sharpness by eating the right food. So include these superfoods in your diet and stay focused.

A diet rich in wholegrain foods is very good for the brains. It includes cereals, wholewheat bread and pasta, wheatbran, and wheatgerm. We need energy to concentrate and focus and this supply of energy comes from wholegrains.
Being a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, fish is known to boost the brain power. The main sources of oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers. It lowers dementia and stroke risks and may help slow mental decline especially as we age.
Research says that consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving short term memory loss. Blueberry smoothie increases concentration by as much as 20 per cent in a single day, says UK based nutritionists. Eating blueberries also can help stave off dementia.
Vitamin K helps in increase in the cognitive function and improves brain power and a very good source of this vitamin is broccoli. You can either steam or stir-fry them.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly. It has also been found by scientists at Tufts University in Boston that a diet rich in walnuts may improve mental performance.
Pumpkin Seeds
Just a handful of pumpkin seeds a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.
Eating protein-rich foods like eggs for breakfast can improve overall cognitive performance, according to Swiss researchers. Add these quick and easy egg recipes to your morning routine.
This root vegetable is sure to boost your brain power. Scientists at Wake Forest University determined that natural nitrates in beets can increase blood flow to the brain, thereby improving mental performance. The tastiest way to eat beets? Roasted and then drizzled with honey dressing like this easy-to-make healthy side dish.