The human brain is one of the most complex brains in the animal kingdom. This thing in our heads is what gave us the advantage to become the dominant species on this planet. We may not have the strength and durability that other animals have, but our intelligence gave us that edge and compensated for our physical disadvantages.
All of the man-made wonders and technological advances that we currently enjoy are all because of our awesome brains and it is not stopping. If you think about it, our brains are what push us forward towards endless possibilities. With that said, we should all be taking care of our brains, right? Well, if you observe closely, the most popular health and fitness trends today revolve around losing weight and gaining muscle. Diet plans focus on reducing calories to reduce weight while others focus on gaining and maintaining muscle mass. Basically, it is all about getting that perfect body. They seldom focus on maintaining and nourishing our brains. Which should not be the case. The brain is responsible for all of our bodily functions and should be a priority when talking about health and fitness. We’re changing that right now. Let’s check out which vitamins are the best at boosting and maintaining our hardworking brains.
Our brains control our bodies through neurotransmitters. We need to make sure that our brains are efficient in facilitating the action of those neurotransmitters. To put it simply, neurotransmitter imbalances can cause depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and hormonal imbalances. Those are definitely serious conditions that can lead to more issues but the prevention is simple. Get those vitamin Bs in your body! Vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folate (B9) are the best in improving and maintaining your brain communication. Vitamin B rich foods like meat, fish and eggs are a must.
Ascorbic Acid(Vitamin C)
Vitamin C protects the brain from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals in your body. This can lead to diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases. To avoid these diseases, make sure you get your daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C rich foods like chili peppers, thyme, parsley, broccoli, lemons and Brussels sprouts should be part of your daily diet.
Choline is another type of vitamin B but it benefits the brain a bit differently from what was previously mentioned. Instead of facilitating the action of neurotransmitters, it instead supports the production of neurotransmitters. To be more specific, the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This is important as a shortage of acetylcholine is one of the factors that cause memory loss. If you want to prevent memory decline, consider adding peanuts, almonds, quinoa, fish and eggs into your diet.