Brain Awareness Week: Super Brain Food #brainweek
When I was a child and sick with a cold or flu, my Mother would make homemade Chicken soup. She would say you have to feed a cold. When it comes to “Brain” — we need to feed. We have superfoods to power us up. What are some of the best foods to feed “The Brain?”
By lowering inflammatory molecules that are able to pass through the blood-brain-barrier, broccoli sprouts have proved powerful in alleviating some symptoms of depression.
Its mental health benefits include the ability to boost brain levels of endorphins (natural opiates) as well as serotonin (a mood-altering chemical on which many antidepressants act). Because it can increase serotonin levels in the brain, dark chocolate also may increase serotonin production in the gut, and thus help your immune system. ~ Chocolate and Mood Disorders |Psych Central|Depression
Avocados are loaded with B vitamins, which your body needs to maintain healthy neuronal activity and brain cells.
- Asparagus is a source of folic acid, a natural mood lightener. Dip the spears in full-fat (Greek) yogurt or sour cream for a hit of calcium with each bite. Inadequate calcium levels can lead to impaired memory and cognition. The naturally-occurring high levels of folate in asparagus also may help alleviate symptoms of mild depression, such as lethargy and mental cloudiness.
- Dark, leafy greens
- All complex carbohydrates
- Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as Salmon and Trout, can protect your heart from surges in stress hormones. Aim to eat four ounces of fatty fish at least three times a week. Fish such as Cod, Salmon, Halibut, Tuna and Snapper are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that naturally raises serotonin levels.
- A glass of warm milk.
- Eggs are teeming with mood-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, choline, and B vitamins. Because they contain a ton of protein, you will feel fuller longer, and more energized as a result. Ditch the egg whites, or egg substitutes, unless, of course, you have high cholesterol.
- Green tea contains theanine, an amino acid that helps regulate stress, mood, and muscle relaxation. If drinking past 3 p.m., opt for decaf green tea so that caffeine will not impair your sleep.
Just want to give Emily Waters special thanks for always writing Awesome Brian stimulating articles here at Psych Central. To spice up our brain, check out her recent article Top 10 Spices for a Healthy Brain – My Favorite Spice: Saffron.
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Stewart, C. (2017). Brain Awareness Week: Super Brain Food #brainweek. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 23, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2017/03/brainawarenessweek02/