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Know your best and worst Brain Foods

Researchers have found fresh brewed coffee helpful as some call it brain fuel. In one study, British researchers found that just one cup of coffee…

Researchers have found fresh brewed coffee helpful as some call it brain fuel. In one study, British researchers found that just one cup of coffee helps improve attention and problem-solving skills.  

But at the same time they say too much of caffeine and energy drinks can be unhealthy for the body.

Similarly, nutritionists have found blueberries helpful for long term memory. They say antioxidants in blueberries help protect the brain from free-radical damage and cut your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Blueberries can also improve cognitive processing (translation: thinking). Wild blueberries, if you can find them, have even more brain-boosting antioxidants than the cultivated variety.

But at the same time, the unripe and unready berries are not advisable.

Also to help you think faster salmon or mackerel are helpful. This is because experts say salmon is rich in niacin, which can help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and slow the rate of cognitive decline. Again, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fishes are a primary building block of brain tissue, so they’ll step up your thinking power.  

But remember not all fats are created equal. Hence you have to beware of foods high in saturated fats which clog blood vessels and prevent the floe of nutrients and blood to flow freely in the body.

Nutritionist has also advised that to boost your brain fuel, you should eat high protein salad especially with vinaigrette. As oil in the dressing will help slow down digestion of protein and cabbages in the salad, stabilizing blood-sugar levels and keeping energy levels high. Build your salad on a bed of romaine and spinach for an added boost in riboflavin, and add chicken and a hard-boiled egg for more energizing protein.

Likewise, researchers have found out that eating leafy greens spinach, pumpkin leaves are rich sources of B vitamins, which are key components that manufacture feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, a lack of B6 can cause nervousness, irritability, and even depression.

But on the contrary, white chocolate have been said to be a bad brain booster since it contains no cocoa solids. So it won’t stimulate the euphoria-inducing mood boosters like serotonin, as real chocolate does.

To calm down the brain, low-fat yoghurt or mixed nuts are helpful.

Scientists in Slovakia gave people 3 grams each of two amino acids—lysine and arginine—or a placebo, and asked them to deliver a speech. Blood measurements of stress hormones revealed that the amino acid-fortified guys were half as anxious during and after the speech as those who took the placebo. Yogurt is one of the best food sources of lysine; nuts pack loads of arginine.

But on the contrary Soda drinks are not. A study from the American Journal of Public Health found that people who drink 2½ cans of soda daily are three times more likely to be depressed and anxious, compared with those who drink fewer. So Mountain Dew is a Mental Don’t.

To concentrate take peppermint tea nutritionists say. The scent of peppermint helps you focus and boosts performance, according to researchers.  One study found that peppermint makes drivers more alert and less anxious.

On the contrary, candy does not. Sugary foods incite sudden surges of glucose that, in the long term, cause sugar highs and lows, leading to a fuzzy state of mind.

For sharper senses, flax is best source of alphalinoleic or ALA—a healthy fat that improves the workings of the cerebral cortex, the area of the brain that processes sensory information, including that of pleasure. Hence nutritionists advise you to take one table spoon of ground flaxseed daily. To meet your quota, sprinkle it on salads or mix it into a smoothie or shake.  

On the contrary, alcohol should be wiped off your list if you want to have a sharp brain. Because a drink or two can increase arousal signals, but more than that will actually depress your nervous system. This makes you sloppy, not sharp.