Sunday, July 18, 2010

Top 5 Foods to Feed your Brain!

Do you ever experience mood swings, get headaches, forgetfulness, feel sluggish after lunch, or have trouble concentrating? It's time to feed your brain!

Cardiologist and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz says, "The most potent treatments that we self-adminster are foods we eat." Some foods can feed our brains and others can restrict your brain. By managing our eating habits, you can increase your brain functions.

Dr. Oz also says that our brain works like our heart- when blood and oxygen can't pass through our arteries, it can't function properly. This is why it is vital that we avoid fried, artery clogging foods. Moreover, highly refined sugar stimulate blood blood sugar to rise, which impacts attention span.

Dr. Norman Rosentahal, a specialist in mood disorders, recommends that we take 800mcg B complex to help boost metabolism in the brain and in the body. B-complex wards off depression, helps to turn food into energy, which aids brain function.

Studies have shown that Ginko leaf extract has been proven to increase brain functions such as: socialbility, alertness, mood, intellectual capacity and memory.

In the article: "Feed the Brain," experts at LLuminari recommeded 5 top brain foods:

1. Walnuts and almonds: contain omega-3 fats
2. Brocolli and cauliflower: contains vitamin E and B-6
3. Salmon: helps the brian to manage stress
4. Vitamin-fortified cereal: has B complex and antioxidants
5. Whole grain crackers: will help to keep you focused

~ Source: Schnucks Cooks/Summer '10

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