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The brain is one of the most complex parts of the body and so little is known about it. In fact, the brain is the most complex organ in the body. The brain is made up of a complex network of billions of nerve cells called neurons, as well as other kinds of cells, all protected by the bones of the skull. However, until recent years, the talk about what foods feed our brain for a better brain has surfaced, or perhaps resurfaced, as science continues to evolve, sometimes proving what ways of eating and living has been traditionally passed along.
Growing up, most parents probably remember their parents telling them to drink more milk to grow stronger bones, or eat more fruits and vegetables for their vitamins and minerals, but unless your parents were very ahead of their times, they were probably not talking about what you should eat to further develop your brain. This is vital when children are growing. Food is so important for their organ development, particularly the brain.
First of all, the one substance that should be at the forefront of every person's mind, but may not be considered as a superfood, is WATER. Yes, pure, clean, filtered (reverse osmosis is preferred) water. Water is the major component to our bodies. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water. If you are not going to get anything else out of this article, do one thing. Drink lots of water. This priority is actually in our powbab® manifesto because we believe in it so much. Not only do we believe it, but also we have experienced it first hand of not drinking enough water and the ravage effects it can have on your health.
The foods to incorporate into your diet that will feed your brain are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals. This includes in particular B vitamins and protein with omega-3s, such as salmon. This means that a diet concentrated in leafy greens, fruits, nuts and healthy fats are the superfoods that we need to feed our brain. Baobab is high in antioxidants, and antioxidants play into brain health. Vitamin E is also key for good brain health and can be found in avocados, almonds, blueberries, plant oils (our favorite is extra virgin olive oil), pine nuts and pumpkins.
Perhaps at the top of suggested brain foods according to one expert are broccoli, salmon and pumpkin because foods rich in vitamins A, C and E as well as contain fiber and antioxidants, while low in calories, are an excellent way to better brain health. Our powbab® baobab superfruit chews® seem to fit the bill perfectly, all the while, boosting immunity. This is why getting our nutrients from food covers us on so many bases. The plan for us all the way along has been to eat real, delicious food while getting what we need for a healthy body. Amazing!
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