Brain neurons are the cells which are easily affected when there is a shortage of glucose in the blood. Brain cells known to not have a mechanism for storing glucose as other cells (eg: liver cells, muscle cells, etc.).
Severe lack of glucose (hypoglycemia) will eventually lead to coma due to brain dysfunction.
The following will discuss a wide range of nutrients and other substances that are important and needed by the brain:
Antioxidants are chemicals that neutralize free radicals. Without neutralization, free radicals will attack the cell membrane and then the genetic material that lead to health problems and diseases.
Antioxidants are substances disease prevention, so that effective anyway to maintain brain health.
Various foods containing antioxidants are:
– Fruits: Raisins, cranberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, orange, grape, cherry, kiwi, apples, bananas, apricots, peaches, pears, melon, watermelon, nuts.
– Vegetables: Kale, spinach, beets, onions, corn, eggplant, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, celery, cucumber, garlic.
– Other meals: Mushrooms, salmon (rich in selenium), green tea, turmeric, eggs, vegetable oil (rich in vitamin E).
- Vitamin B9
Vitamin B9 or folic acid is essential in cell development. Research shows that people with depression have low levels of folic acid in their blood.
Folic acid is found in vegetables (spinach, broccoli), fruits (orange), yeast, grains etc.
- Vitamin B6
Pyridoxine or vitamin B6, in addition to its various functions (eg, boost the immune system, allowing the metabolism of amino acids, proteins, steroids, fat and hemoglobin), are also capable of improving memory.
Vitamin B6 is found in brewer’s yeast, grains, milk, eggs, fish, bananas, avocados, nuts, etc.
- Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is known to prevent dementia and anemia. Sources of this vitamin include chicken, beef, pork meat (especially liver), eggs, and milk.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that is found in all cell membranes, particularly those found in the brain. Phosphatidylserine is able to rejuvenate the memory and is found in lecithin (among other things contained in chocolate).
- Vitamin E
Tocopherol or vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is found in soybeans, corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds, green vegetables, and tomatoes.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in many important metabolic processes (metabolism of glucose, collagen and folic acid) and is also involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters that are important in brain function.
Vitamin C can be obtained from:
– Fruits and vegetables: orange, lemon, melon, raspberry, passion fruit, mango, blueberry, pineapple, grapes, apricots, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, cabbage.
– Meat: Beef liver, pork liver, brain, lamb, scallops, cod, lamb’s liver, eggs, and milk.
Selenium is a mineral that in small amounts has a good effect on health.
Selenium is found in vegetables (especially vegetables grown in selenium-rich soil), as well as in eggs, fish, chicken, red meat, and garlic.
- Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is present in every cell of the body and has two primary functions is to help the production of energy and is a powerful antioxidant.
Coenzyme Q10 is found in foods such as fish (especially mackerel and sardines), beef liver, liver and kidney, eggs, soy, and peanuts.
- Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba is a plant that effectively slows down the brain aging.