Brain foods to increase brain power

Best brain foods which increase brain power

Did you know that you can give your brain the right brain food to make it function at its optimal level? Yes, you can. Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body. The proper functioning of the different parts of your body depends upon the brain. It is therefore important to give your brain the right nutrition that it needs. Brain foods help your brain to function at its creative best. How to provide your body with the right food that is well balanced and meets all the needs of your brain is what is discussed here. Your brain needs a regular supply of four elements to ensure that the body is healthy. They are oxygen, hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen. These elements are found in the foods that we eat. Fats are high in carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, water has hydrogen and oxygen and proteins are rich in nitrogen. In a nutshell we need water, proteins and fats.

Brain power foods - Natural and organic

Our diet today, especially the diet of an average student, contains high amounts of fats, sugars and starch. Anything in excess is not good; excessive amounts of sugar can cause damage and interfere with the functioning of your brain. You need to cut down the sugars in your diet to a large extent if you want your brain to function well. Our brain is made up of neurons which need glucose to power it. Yes, you need sugar, but the right type of sugars. You also need fats that are good for your general health and for the health of your brain. The processed foods that we consume today are too high in starch, fats and sugar and they do the body more harm than good. The best sugar for your body is from raw, organic fruits and vegetables.

Antioxidant - protection and health for the brain

A diet that is rich in berries will not only provide you the right sugars but are a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your brain cells from oxidation and damage by free radicals. It has been proved that antioxidants help promote the growth of brain cells and slow down ageing. Goji berries, blue berries, strawberries, cranberries, mulberries and any berry that is rich in color is a great sources of antioxidants. Acai berry has been bandied around as the berry that is most rich in antioxidants. Dark chocolate or chocolate high in cocoa is a great antioxidant; it also releases dopamine and enhances your mood and cognitive skills.

Brain food to improve reasoning and memory

Beta carotene in foods is said to improve reasoning and memory. Vegetables that are bright in color especially yellows and oranges are rich in beta-carotene. Dark leafy green vegetables are also high in antioxidants and beta-carotene.

Fruits and vegetables like carrots, broccoli, oranges, cantaloupes, tomatoes, mangoes, papaya, red, yellow and green peppers are not only rich in beta carotene but also contain natural sugars.

Best brain food - The right fats for your brain

Foods that are rich in omega fatty acids are what pack power into your brain. These help in promoting the growth of new brain cells and learning new concepts. They also have anti - inflammatory properties. These prevent strokes, improve blood circulation and are great mood enhancers.

Foods that are rich in Omega fats (HDL or good cholesterol) are avocados, sprouted grains, blue-green algae and nuts or oilseeds. All nuts, especially walnuts, are excellent for your brain. They boost the serotonin levels in your brain, help in maintaining emotional balance and also improving your capacity to retain information. Raw, unprocessed, organic olive oil and coconut oil are excellent for your brain. Similarly flax seeds and fish rich in Omega fatty acids like salmon, Mackerel, sardines are also excellent brain food. These fats keep the nervous system functioning smoothly by improving your balance and coordination. Omega fatty acids help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Brain Foods for renewing brain cells and preventing degeneration of the brain

Amino acids in proteins are the basic chemical building blocks of life. They are extremely important for proper brain functioning. The body is able to make nonessential amino acid from nitrogen, carbon, oxygen and Hydrogen present in the foods. The essential Amino acids are directly got from our diet. Nitrogen required for synthesizing nonessential amino acids is found only in proteins. Egg yolk, liver, milk, kidneys, cheese, brewer’s yeast, nuts, soybeans and germinated cereals contain good amounts of amino acids and nitrogen.

Folic acid prevents the degeneration of your brain cells and keep your nervous system healthy. Folic acids also help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. If you want your brain to be functioning well, make sure that you have your fix of spinach or any dark, green leafy vegetables, okra, asparagus, lentils, black beans, sunflower seeds, black eyed peas, etc.

Vitamins A, B, C and E are also needed for good brain functioning. Apart from this, your brain also needs magnesium to help keep your memory and your critical thinking strong while slowing down the process of ageing.

Water for brain health

Throw the carbonated drinks out! your brain needs water and plenty of it. Did you know that a good drink of fresh, clean, pure water can help your brain perform much better than the cup of coffee that you crave for? Your brain is 85% water. It is important to drink at least two to three liters of water to be alert, more so when you are studying or preparing for an exam.

Natural foods to increase brain power

There are many supplements that are available in the market today that are touted as excellent brain food. Most of them, however, have not been researched for their side effects or even their effectiveness. Wouldn't it be better to invest in good quality organic foods that are closer to nature, without having to fear any side effect? At the same time you could be sure of one thing - that you are eating right.

Common sense will tell us that what is good for your body is good for your brain too. Your brain needs exercise as your body does, keep solving puzzles or crosswords or problems in math etc to keep it fit. Also pump your body with good, organic foods and water and you will be functioning at your brainiest best!!

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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Very good stuff. Studies prove that we underestimate the importance of drinking enough water each day. Since we can't eat fresh berries all the time, do you know if either dried or frozen berries would be preferable for their nutritive value?

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Supercellbaebe 6 years ago from LONDON

The one thing you've missed out on here is the ultimate brain food. Glucose! This is the actual fuel for the brain. The human brain goes through about 120grams of glucose a day!

But the other things do support brain function, increase blood flow, oxygen and stuff.

Cheers for sharing!

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timorous 6 years ago from Me to You

Hi sofs. Your stuff just gets better and better. You're absolutely right...the only REAL brain food is the natural stuff. That packaged food has much less in the way of nutritional value. You're so right about sugar as well. I can't say much of anything good about it, except that it's tasty. Your body doesn't think so, if you make a habit of consuming it...not good.

Nice going sofs..congrats.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Water, water, water and more water is what we need. Yes, dry and frozen fruits are said to contain same amount or sometimes more nutrition than so called fresh fruit that loses a lot of its nutritive value due to delays in transportation and improper packaging. I really do appreciate the question because that made me look up stuff that I needed to know. Thank you for adding value to the hub with this discussion.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Supercellbaebe, yes sugar is what fires the brain, but we need the right sugars that we get from fruits and vegetables. It is not recommended to get this 120 gms of glucose from the refined sugar and fizzy drinks that we consume. Natural sugars release sustained energy and are better for enhanced brain functioning.

I do appreciate the discussion that this question throws up...Thank you for taking the time to read and add your comments.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Thanks Tim,this hub has been in the making for so long and my interest in this subject has been increasing. Yes we need to consume foods that are close to their natural state as much as possible. Organic foods could take care of the chemicals and pesticide residue in the food. Water and exercise for the body and mind is the right recipe for excellent brain functioning.

I know this subject is close to your heart too, so I do appreciate this comment.

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Supercellbaebe 6 years ago from LONDON

I agree Sofs :). I think in the days when refined sugar was a "treat" rather than an everyday commodity, folks were not only physically healthier, but brain and neurological conditions like Autism and ADHD were also far less common. I think modern diet, has a very large roll to play in that. Bring on the natural, un-tampered with foods :) xxx

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Supercellbaebe, I wish more people understood what refined sugar does to them. I honestly wish we could give our children a healthy start in life by cutting out refined sugars. You are bang on target when you say that physical and mental health has taken a back seat with our new fads and diets. I agree with you whole heartedly 'bring on the natural" bring on life!!

I have to thank you for the value additions you bring to this article. Discussion are what make us think and think deeper. Thank you and God Bless!

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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

An amazing info.

Water has very key role in maintaining health.

Great hub.

God Bless You!

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Hey! where have you been? Thank you Sashi, yes water and foods close to nature are what we need. I do appreciate the visit and the comment!! God bless!!

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fucsia 6 years ago

I really like this Huh... I like because it confirms that my diet is good. Perhaps I should eat more nuts which, is true, are very good for our health. Thanks Sofs!

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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Well done article, with very useful information. It is so important to have healthy brain function. Voted Up

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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

You had me when you said chocolate is good for me. Great and useful info. Thank's

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

Sofs-excellent hub. I'm bookmarking it for a return read. Great explanation on the importance of what we consume. Rated it up and useful and I'm sending it off on my Facebook page.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

It is so simple to eat right.. we seem to complicate our life so much by too many recipes and cooking. Great to meet people who eat right. I really do appreciate your visit and comment Fucsia.. God bless you!! Be healthy always! :)

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sofs 6 years ago Author

2besure, welcome to my world. Glad that you found the information useful and thank you for voting it up. I appreciate the fact that you took the time to visit and comment.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Chocolate is good but it should have 75% or more of cocoa, the other thing about chocolates is that it should be dark and preferably sugarless... do I have you now Ruby? haha...

Thank you for the discussion Ruby,it has helped me clarify these points. God bless you and you are in my prayers.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Denise, thank you for all the support and encouragement. This was written mainly for my son and his friends who are burning the midnight oil to come out right on top. I thought why not share it with all those who need some information in this area. Thank you for sharing it on Facebook. God bless you abundantly!!

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tykk6una 6 years ago

Good work (Y)

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Thank you and God bless you with good health and optimal brain functioning!!

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

They often say that if we only shopped the perimeters of our normal grocery stores we would fair much better with out nutrition. That is because generally speaking, all of the fresh things are placed there with most of the packaged things in the middle. Good work on this hub! This gets a useful rating for sure.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Peggy thanks for the useful rating and yeah, just keep your eyes on the fresh stuff... The closer we get to natural food the better for us. Thank you for the read and the comment. God Bless!

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midnightbliss 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

nice job on this hub, thee days because of our busy schedule, we forget to eat the right foods, this will serve as a reminder for everybody.

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sofs 6 years ago Author

Mindnightbliss, eating right is the most important way to effective body and brain functioning. Good to find people who think the same way too. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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Website Examiner 5 years ago

Another excellent hub with an appealing layout and narrative style that makes it a pleasure to read.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

WE, this was the real challenge, the subject is complicated and to make it readable was the toughest thing to do. I had to review this a few times before I got it to a readable level. Once again I want to thank you for helping me make it hub better, I am passionate about this subject and I want the message to reach my readers. Your effort and interest is greatly appreciated. God bless.

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brakel2 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This article is superb and great for all ages, but especially the elderly whose brains are not what they used to be. Drinking water is so important, and I appreciate your mentioning it. I finally convinced a family member to cut back on diet coke. Thank you for sharing this knowledge.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

I am glad that you found this hub helpful, good eating habits are the basic foundation for healthy living. Eating foods closer to nature is definitely the best thing we can do for the body. Yes and the water.. our body is three fourth part water, so drink as much as you can. I appreciate your interest and commitment to healthy living. Thank you Brake12

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

If it doesn't come from the ground, I don't eat it. I wasn't always a vegetarian, but I sure wish I would have started earlier. My health, attitude and immune system thank me often.

You are absolutely 100% right on the mark! This is going to go in my collection of favorites, and I will read it often. It will be a great reminder to me and a confirmation that I am doing the best that I know how to take care of my body.

This is also a good way to thank God for creating me in the first place. And I am very grateful that He has created you - to put together this terrific and truthful article.

I have learned to grow my own vegetables and tomatoes, plus some fruit. I am kind of proud of my herb garden too.

Now - let's talk water - H20. I really appreciate your paragraph on water, the effects on the brain, the increased energy that water provides and that we need 2-3 liters a day. I have been a bad girl, as I have never liked water. But, I do have choices and a strong mind. This day forward...I choose water! I have already decided that I love my water and will enjoy drinking my 2-3 liters everyday. Now, if you'll excuse me, I shall go fill u my water bottle. And I expect to write the best hubs ever, with my happy, happy brain! Thumbs up and every button pushed. :0 vocalcoach

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sofs 5 years ago Author

I am so glad to have met you vocal coach, it is not very often that you find a person who says my body and my mind thank me often. Learning to treat our bodies right is so important and a positive mind with a great body is the best gift one can give oneself.

The closer to nature, in terms of the food we eat and in our way of life, the better for us.

AND the WATER, oh yes, the water.. can there be anything better than water for the body. I always start my day with a liter of water and keep on drinking water through out the day. It keeps me hydrated and my skin in great shape.

Thank you vocal coach for the read and very insightful comment and the sharing, I am sure my readers will benefit from this.

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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

Hi Sofs, Always love articles on brain food. You have a well-written hub that very informative. Have voted up, and tweeted.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Hi Adrienne, glad to know that you like the article, I appreciate the vote up and the tweet. Thank you and God Bless!!

lo vell 5 years ago

thank u for the tips, it is a big help for people like me,for people that struggles to study,sofs,wish me luck during my exams,tnx

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Lo veil, I am glad you found this useful, there are many more articles on learning that I have written.. you may find them useful if you follow the links. They were written for my son who is now studying to be a Doctor. I wish you all the best and may God grant you the desires of your heart!

tamy 5 years ago

i totally agree. I am 25 years old and a personal trainer and yoga instructor. That's what I eat to stay in great shape. I have been telling people since i was in middle school about how good bluberries are for your brain. I eat a pint a day unless they are out of season, and i remember just about everything. i eat a lot of fish and samon as well, but I know that the almond is the best health wise. Im gana start trying the wallnuts as well. i also heard that before a test if a person had some gummy worms or a little sugar that helps? I wounder if eating right can also prevent demetia or allhimerze

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Tamy, thanks for the endorsement. I would not suggest consuming any form of refined sugar, a cup of beet or carrot juice or a fruit has enough sucrose to keep your brain working and working healthy.. Yes, I am sure it does help in degenerative disease like Alzimers and dementia, but would the big pharmas let us say that? LOL Thanks for the interests. I appreciate that greatly.

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bindaasraghu 5 years ago from BIDAR

welldone and very superbly presented hub.Tips for good health of Brain and Memory power is discussed is superb. voted up.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Bindaaraghu, thank you for that great endorsement. I appreciate that very much. Have a wonderful day and best wishes for a healthy life!

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Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

I SHARED this one. I think a lot of parents would like to know what specific foods will help their kids. We can all use more brain power. Thanks for the data!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Melis Ann, thank you very much. I do appreciate your kindness. Have a wonderful day! God Bless!

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anuaria 4 years ago

Good advise to me cuz me as a student need something that help me in my studying..Thanks

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sofs 4 years ago Author

Anuria, a well balanced diet always helps.. and these special foods would do the extra bit.. water and more water is the need. Best wishes to you, Have a lovely day.

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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

I came across this hub through 'Related hub' section and I am glad I found this useful article. I think Ginkgo biloba is also a good herb for the brain/memory. Will be Sharing this, for my followers who may have missed it.

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sofs 4 years ago Author

Greatstuff, Thanks for stopping by... I am glad you found it useful. There are so many herbs that have been used for ages, but there have been no proper research done on those. Brahmi has also been used by sages for centuries..but I wonder if what is available today in the form of pills has any herb in it at all. Just my thoughts here. Have a great day!

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wwolfs 4 years ago

Great information and interesting hub on brain foods. Water is so important and seems to have so many benefits. Thanks for sharing.

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sofs 4 years ago Author

Wwolfs, Thanks for the read and the comment. Water is what we are made of.. I guess about 75% so that makes sense doesn't it? Have a lovely day.

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