Brain Food

Studies emphasize how important nutrition is for cognitive function.  Nutritious food helps our bodies to think, focus, remember and make important decisions. Nutrients that support the brain’s function are:

  1. Omega-3 fats; which include fatty fish; such as tuna, salmon, halibut & cod, also plant-based fats; such as walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
  2. Antioxidants; which include berries, tomatoes, beets, avocados & green leafy vegetables.
  3. Vitamin B; which include peas, nuts, whole grain breads, seafood, poultry, eggs, legumes liver, fortified breakfast cereals & nutritional yeast.
  4. Vitamin E; which include wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, beets, pumpkin & red bell peppers.
  5. Iron; such as spinach, lentils, tofu, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, eggs, broccoli, raisins, quinoa, chickpeas & cashews.
  6. Zinc; such as lamb, chicken, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, milk, almonds & oatmeal.
  7. Magnesium; such as spinach, dark chocolate, avocados, pumpkin seeds, almonds, bananas, tofu, brown rice & beans.

Foods that hinder our brain’s ability to function properly are:

  1. Sugar
  2. Alcohol
  3. Sodium