This means making sure that our diet contains all of the nutrients required to maintain and operate our nerve cells, neurotransmitters and hormones. There are two major types of nutrients:
Carbohydrates: the body’s main source of energy, providing quick energy boosts. They break down to glucose to provide the large amounts of energy used by the brain.
Proteins: are broken down into amino acids. These are then used to help to build and repair tissue, to help the body manage its structure, to fight infection or converted into hormones and neurotransmitters.
Fats: provide energy and help the body to absorb certain vitamins. They help form connections between membranes, protect cells, cushion organs and send send signals around the body. These include the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA.
Vitamins and minerals that are essential for energy production and synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters. These include vitamins folic acid (vitamin B9), flavanoids (vitamin P), iron, iodine, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
Our top 10 nutrients for brain health
There are several nutrients that will help to enhance brain health. Our top 10 recommendations are:
1. DHA | 2. EPA | 3. Iron | 4. Iodine | 5. Folic acid | 6. Vitamin B12 | 7. Vitamin C | 8. Vitamin D | 9. Vitamin E | 10. Flavanoids