Have you ever had the yearning or curiosity to know where do flavors come from? Well, your answer could be god, nature but they were really the trials of early humans on the quest to find safer, hygienic substances and legible ways to cook and seek that unique combination of any edible substance they laid their hands on that led to new discoveries. Think about all the efforts that went into finding the basic tenants of energy to survive on this planet , years of suffering, coordinating, mapping the path of the stars and constellations to calculate the exact seasons for drawing out enough yield to live for an another year. Civilizations wiped off, wars fought across continents, centuries of blood bath all but to give enough people enough chance to live another day on this planet. Imagine the significance that healthy food had in the early brain development of our ancestors that lead them sustain their species and helped us evolve.
However, today in the era of technology modern human beings seem to have forgotten that value attached to the food they eat at road side vendor stalls to feed the glutton inside them, hooked on hamburgers and pizza’s and who especially would not easily adjust to broccoli or spinach. Even though we are bombarded with all kinds of information, are we really picking up the right kind of signals to help us prosper in the right and more aptly healthier direction? Years of study of critical examination on our food and its significance within art, history and society might have finally given us the top food items guaranteed to boost our brain power and sustenance. Here are a few examples.
Lean red meat
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A report published in early 2011 that young females with ample iron levels performed better at mental tasks mainly because iron in blood stream helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Lack of iron in the diet can reduce the ability of blood to carry oxygen and thus slowing the functioning of the brain to negligible level.
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Fibre rich whole grains are and have been an integral part of early human development especially across the Mediterranean, loaded with vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. Research has especially shown that a combination including this diet helps lower the risk of developing any cognitive impairment that can progress to degenerative diseases in the later stages of life.
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The closest thing we have to a magic solution for fixing our memory problems is folic acid. This nutrient is probably the best way to lower the levels of homocysteine whose levels if not compounded for, can cause huge damage to blood vessels.
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Both sunflower and pumpkin seeds are abundant in protein, omega fatty acids and vitamin B which help provide the necessary boost of added energy. It contains tryptophan which the brain converts into serotonin that has a natural tempering effect on the body and helps fight depression or anxiety.
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These berries are anitoxidants or powerhouses shielding the brain from oxidative brain damage and stress that lead to brain damage and dementia. Flavonoids in blue berries help improve neural communication improving memory and learning including other cognitive functions.
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Rich in DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)can help counter deficiencies like hyperactivity disorder ,unipolar depression , phenylketonuria. Decrease in DHA in the brain is associated with cognitive decline. This also helps counter alzheimer’s disease quickly.
Although the above study emphasizes the important effects of food on the brain, further research on this subject along with more sincere efforts on part of every individual are required to help inculcate this habit of consuming a balanced diet that includes these valuable nutrients.
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