Food for Thought   



Food for Thought

 

There is a massive network of 50-100 billions of neurons in your brain.
But they might not last long as some neurons die as we age (which is normal). If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, frequently exposed to environmental toxins and stress, excessive alcohol-drinking, lacking mental activity, then most likely your risk of having accelerated neural death is nigh. This eventually exposes you to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

So, how can you slow or possibly reverse this cell death process?
Besides eating lots of omega-3 food source, exercising and frequent mental activity (such as reading or even playing Sudoku), and one can opt for some of the desserts and snacks. Now, wait a minute, desserts and snacks as our brain booster? Actually what will be discussed here is
healthy snacks and desserts.

Chocolate – Healthy temptations for your brains

Chocolate has the ability to dilate our blood vessels and increases blood flow, thus increase more oxygen flow into your brain. Chocolate is rich in magnesium and antioxidants (flavanols) that are important chemicals compounds to help supply more oxygen. This may lower the risk of brain damage due to stroke. Studies have showed that eating dark chocolate can boost our memory by almost 20%. However, do have dark chocolates instead of milk chocolates – milk chocolates are sweeter, higher in calories, lower antioxidants. Chocolates before exam might be a good idea for a student – and could another good reason for you to eat more chocolates. Remember, dark chocolates, not milk chocolates.

Blueberries – Berry good for your brains

Blueberries are very rich in flavonoids. Flavanoids are commonly known for their antioxidant activity. Antioxidants protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals (that causes oxidative stress on neurons), hence preventing neuronal damage. Flavonoids intake helps to inhibit certain biochemical processes of brain aging and might prevent cognitive functions decline and also the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Scientists strongly believe that the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease can be decreased by eating more blueberries.

Nuts and seeds – Seeding a nutty but healthy brain

Peas, nuts and seed can optimize your brain health too. Peas contain thiamin, one of the vitamin B complexes. It is involved in energy production (important for producing ATP molecules, which supplies energy to cells) and acts as a co-factor for enzymes involved in brain cell metabolism. Nuts are rich in important compounds that help to promote brain function, such as vitamin E, amino acids and protein.
Almonds are the best nuts, followed by filberts, hazelnuts, cashews and walnuts. Research found that students who often eat nuts before exam have sharper thinking. Flax seed oil is the world most abundant source of omega-3 fats, a well-known compound that are recognized for its
benefits in brain health.

Thinking of treating yourself with a nutty snack or dessert of delight-full blueberries and chocolates now? The following advice is a no-brainer but always remember that moderation is important!

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Happy reading,
Evelyn



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