It has been known for a long time that the things we eat have a huge impact on the functioning of our body. This also applies to brain function – there is really a large group of products, the consumption of which can have a positive impact on the intellectual abilities, concentration and focus, or memory functions. So what should a diet for the brain contain? We can tell you!
At the beginning, it is worth realising that even if the diet contains all the necessary ingredients in optimal quantities, it will not performs miracles by itself, and it will not make us learn faster or concentrate more easily just overnight. Diet is only one of the elements of a broadly understood lifestyle, the change of which can have a positive impact on the functioning of the brain. It is also necessary to have an appropriate dose of sleep, during which the body rests and regenerates, as well as to do some physical activity – this is an excellent way to oxygenate the brain.
What products to include in your menu?
For the best possible brain function, the daily menu must include certain groups of food. Wholegrain products (wholemeal bread, bran, wholegrain pasta) are recommended in particular – they are rich in complex carbohydrates, which are digested slowly and gradually, but continuously provide energy to the brain. Polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in fatty marine fish: salmon, herring, sprats, sardines, and mackerel. Vegetable fats, such as rapeseed and sunflower oil, evening primrose oil, and olive oil, are definitely desirable. The source of B vitamins are legumes (peas, beans), liver, turkey meat, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and peanuts. Linseed is rich in lecithin and zinc, pumpkin (also its seeds) contains phosphorus, potassium and calcium, while grapes are a rich source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins. Do not forget about proper hydration of the body, preferably by drinking about 2 litres of mineral water.
Natural support in capsules
Of course, following a diet for the brain is quite a difficult task. In addition, due to various food intolerances or simply individual taste preferences, it is not always possible to eat everything that is beneficial for brain function – not everyone likes the distinctive taste of olive oil or they may have problems with buying fresh fish. In such situations, Perceptin, containing standardized extracts from Ashwagandha root KSM-66, thyme-leafed gratiola, and rose root, is there to help you. These components help in coping with stress, support learning and memorising processes, support memory, and maintain good mental fitness.
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