Eating right to support Brain Health
The human brain is a fascinating organ that science is only beginning to understand. This much we do know: just as we can support the health of our muscles, hearts, skin and other organs, we also need to support the health of our brains. So what are the best vitamins and foods for brain health? Are there any natural remedies for brain health we can engage in?
Definitely—and it’s not just about what we eat, but what we do as well: exercise and brain health are undeniably intertwined. Learning a new skill, expressing gratitude daily and developing a regular meditation practice have been scientifically proven to change the physical matter in our brains (for the better, of course). Similarly, certain foods naturally contain properties that support brain health and cognitive function.
While there are many foods good for brain health, one nutrient that is particularly important for brain health is fat—because the human brain is 60% fat! In fact, it’s a terrible misfortune that the nutrient “fat” is the same word in English as the excess body weight we carry, because fat in food does not directly result in body fat. Without healthy fats, our bodies wouldn’t be able to function properly. In much the same way our bodies need protein to build muscle, our brains need fat to replenish brain cells. Foods rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids are vital to brain health (in addition to skin health and overall system functioning). RESPECT Açai powder, Spirulina sprinkles and Cocoa powder are all excellent plant-based sources of healthy fats.
Much like a bicycle can rust or a cut apple turns brown, our brains sustain damage from oxidation over time. Antioxidants are the nutrients that fight and help repair this damage. Lucky for us, superfoods are an amazing source of antioxidants that can help turn back the clock on this damage and potential cognitive decline. They also act preventatively, helping nourish our brains to keep them as sharp and healthy as they can be throughout our lives. RESPECT Green mix, Spirulina sprinkles, Açai and Moringa all contain nutrients known to support brain health.