Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Brain Food

This week, the ELA State test is being given to children in grades 3 through 8. In order to achieve the best results possible, it’s recommended to eat breakfast on the morning of any test. Eating food for energy is a great idea to help concentrate, but are there any foods you can eat to keep your brain ready for anything? Of course there are. Some foods helps to support brain activity. Brain foods are rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our body’s whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the body and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape. Here are a couple of examples of good brain food!

Avocados improve blood supply and oxygenation to your brain. Avocados contain high quantities of monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acids helped protect nerve cells in the brain known as astrocytes, which provide support to information-carrying nerves. 
Researchers found that a large helping of blueberries boosts concentration and memory up to five hours later. The antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Blueberries are bursting with vitamins C and E. The fruit are thought to protect against cancer and heart disease, and may even prevent dementia.                                                                                                                                                 

More than two-thirds of the brain’s fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found primarily in oily fish and protects neurons from injury, reduces cerebral inflammation, helps produce neurotransmitters that tell cells what to do and is essential for quick information transfer down the axon, the neuron’s highway.

These are just a few examples of foods that are good for your brain. Give them a try and see if your brain is just as sharp in the afternoon, as it was in the morning. 

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