Smart Ways To Feed Your Brain To Keep It Fit

In a world ever-increasing information and growing demands on mental function, brain strain is not an uncommon occurrence. Fatigue is one of the most, often cited complaints that send people to their doctors and, increasingly, to their health food stores. As often as not, fatigue and a decline in mental alertness are the result of inadequate nutrients and oxygen in the brain, and a consequent decrease in brain function. Additionally, free radical damage seems to be a common theme in diminished neurological function. If you are feeling groggy and foggy, supplements can help. For optimal mental functioning, the brain like any other organ; has certain basic requirements. The neurons in the brains are like all other cells in the body; each requires delivery of nutrients and oxygen, as well as removal of waste Obviously, adequate circulation is paramount to ensuring brain health.


As we age circulation can be compromised to varying degrees. Certain supplements can boost circulation to ensure the adequate delivery of nutrients and oxygen. Ageing presents another problem: healthy brain function is related to flexible cell membranes, which allow the smooth flow and exchange of information. As the brain ages, cell membranes become rigid, thereby hampering the flow of information. Environmental factors and the rigors of everyday life present a big problem in the form of free radical damage.

Because free radicals are particularly attracted to fat cells, the brain with its relatively high fat content, is especially vulnerable to free radical damage. Antioxidants help to stop the progress of free radicals before they can attack healthy cells- a scenario which will ultimately result is diminished neurological function. In theory, a well-balanced diet should supply adequate amounts of antioxidants.

In reality, because of excess stress on the body nd brain, environmental pollution and a reliance on processed foods, most people don't get enough anti-oxidants. For the ultimate brain protection, supplemental forms of antioxidants are advisable. Adequate nutrition is a major consideration for mental function. The brain is a relatively small organ, but it is  hungry one: the brain typically eats up about a quarter of the energy produced by the body. As such, it's exquisitely sensitive to nutrient deficiencies.
At the minimum, it must receive adequate nutrients to allow the synthesis and release of neurotransmitters. Mom's stories about brain food do have a basis in fact: fish for example, is packed with compounds that help promote optimal mental functioning. The problem is, the most concentrated sources of brain nutrients are found in foods that most people have reduced or eliminated from their daily diets. Like red meats, organ meats and eggs. But as awareness of the brain's nutritional needs grows, so do the number of supplements on the market.

A plethora of products that promise alertness and increased mental health function are available. Most products work by either increasing circulation to the brain and providing nutrients for energy, or by protecting the brain against the ravages of ageing. Some work by providing an instant boost through short-term stimulants.


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