Foods to Boost Brain Health

by The Source Bulk Foods

Are you looking for a healthy way to clear your mind haze? Check out how these foods can give your brain a vibrant boost.

The brain is the body’s greediest organ and a malnourished brain will always have difficulty in functioning and decision making. When the hungry brain is well nourished, the rest of the body will flourish too.

The brain is made up of 60% fat at its dry weight and a large percentage of this fat is specialised omega-3 and omega-6 fats. The right fats are critical for optimal brain health and organic nuts and seeds, undamaged oils, and leafy greens, will supply the brain with a great source of both of these omega-3 and omega-6 nourishing fats.

Keep in mind your breakfast will also determine how your brain will function during the day - focus, memory and mood are all influenced negatively by a lack of breakfast.

Chia seeds are the highest known plant source of omega-3 with eight times more than salmon! Omega-3 enhances cognitive performance and reduces high cholesterol, also reduces inflammation and is important for healthy skin, hair and nails. Chia seeds contain more antioxidants than blueberries! These high levels of antioxidants also help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer.

Flax seeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. Other plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids are walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

Next time you’re in store, try stocking up on chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds and try adding some of these great foods to your breakfast daily. You can add chia seeds or flax seeds to a smoothie, try making a chia seed pudding, or add some walnuts and pumpkin seeds to your morning oatmeal.

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