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Brain food

You can feed and nourish your brain, just in the same way as you eat to build muscle or to give you energy. Whether you realise it or not, when you decide on which ingredients you are about to cook or eat, you're really just considering what kind of fuel to putting into the engine of your most prized asset, your body.

There are numerous scientific studies that prove our eating habits can affect our memory as we age. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish may help protect your brain from the affects of aging, so why not make sure you are giving yourself a fighting chance?

There are a number of ingredients that are thought to help improve mood, concentration and memory, these include cranberries, salmon, spinach and eggs. Other foods that promote a healthy, active brain include the following;

Protein — meat, fish, eggs, poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds, dried beans and lentils, dairy products and soy products.

Antioxidants — fruits and vegetables, including berries, and pomegranate juice.

And of course, Omega-3 — oily fish, flax seeds and flax oil, and eggs, chicken and beef.

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of getting older. As you age, changes occur in all parts of the body, including your brain. So before you start noticing that it takes longer to learn new things or you keep forgetting where you put your glasses, perhaps you should take a look at the fuel you are running on.

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