Food is fuel for your body, but some foods give your brain an extra boost. You can improve brain function by incorporating some of these foods into your diet:
Salmon: While fish, in general, is a healthy choice, salmon is at the top of the list. It’s a “fatty” fish, containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a reduction in mental disorders such as depression. Omega-3s have been shown to boost learning and memory as well.
Whole Grains: Foods like beans, soy, oats and wild rice fall into this category. While your body and brain utilize carbohydrates for energy, too often we consume simple carbs, which lead to blood sugar spikes. Foods classified as whole grains contain complex carbohydrates, which leads to glucose being produced more slowly, as a more even and consistent source of energy.Avocados: Avocados are full of vitamin K and folate, which help protect your brain against stroke. They also provide a boost to your memory and concentration. Avocados serve up a high dose of lutein, too, which studies have linked to improved brain function.
You can learn all about ‘brain food’ at a free class, ‘Food for Mental Health’ by Jackie Cordova hosted at the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation on Saturday, June10, at 10 am. Call 915-562-7660 for more information or to reserve your
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