Brain health is not something that most of us think about, and yet we live in an age of increasing brain deterioration. However there are simple steps we can take to restore optimum brain function, such as antioxidants and DHA.
The brain and nervous system is our body's information processing and control system that coordinates all our biological functions, and brings to us self-awareness as well as the ability to be rational. Our brain and nervous system is fundamental to health. In fact, when brain function deteriorates, such as in cases of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, life expectancy is significantly shortened. Therefore, keeping our brains healthy is vital for our health and wellbeing into old age.
Nutrients that are essential for optimum brain function are antioxidants, such as those found in berries and certain fruits, and omega-3 fatty acids, found in flaxseed oil, nuts (walnuts), green leafy vegetables and, if you are a meat eater, fish (although there are increasing concerns about toxic contamination of our lakes and oceans). The other factors that must be mentioned for maintaining brain health is regular exercise, reduced exposure to aluminium (in processed foods and medications) and moderate intake of alcohol and sugar.