The foods that we consume end up dictating much about our overall health and well-being. The body needs sufficient protein to perform certain physical activities, and the brain also needs certain foods in order to do what it needs to do. Knowing what to look for next time you are in the supermarket will do much to improve your overall health, as well as the sharpness of your brain. Take a look at the following food categories:
- Fish and Fish Oil. The reason why fish and fish oil are good for the brain has to do with the brain’s need for essential fatty acids. Our bodies cannot produce these substances, so we must receive them through food consumption. However, if you do not enjoy fish, try out some of the foods that contain the same beneficial DHA and EPA as fish. These include soy beans, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and pumpkin seeds.
- B Vitamins. You probably have seen B vitamins listed on the ingredient lists of various cognitive enhancers. There is good reason for this. Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid all contribute to lowering homocysteine in the bloodstream. Homocysteine causes that pesky “brain fog” that we all encounter from time to time. Keep up the B vitamins and kick the brain fog.
- Whole Grains. The reason why whole grains made it onto this list is because of how essential they are for the brain. Brain focus comes primarily from the body’s release of glucose to the brain. Sugar rushes and caffeine highs are not the kind of energy we are looking for here. Instead, look for low-GI whole grains – the ones that slowly release glucose throughout the day.
Increasing consumption of these three foods and vitamins will greatly increase your overall ability to think and focus.