Brain nutrition is food for thought

The human brain uses about 20 to 30 percent of a person’s energy intake. Eating a diet, that contains the recommended nutrients, is essential for good brain health.

You have probably heard the term “brain food.” Have you ever wondered how nutrition affects the brain? Michigan State University Extension says that the brain is a lot like the motor of a car, which requires fuel, oil and other materials to run correctly – your brain also needs special nutrients such as protein, glucose (sugar), vitamins, minerals, etc. to function properly.Brain nutrition is food for thought

According to the human brain can be quite demanding when it comes to energy consumption – it actually uses about 20 to 30 percent of a person’s energy intake. The food we eat can affect our mood, sleep patterns, verbal fluency, motivation and more. If we don’t consume enough vitamins and minerals our brain function can become impaired.

LIVESTRONG.COM lists the following as essential for brain health:

Your brain determines every action your body makes, so it is important to consult your physician if you are experiencing symptoms such as irritability, depression, dulled senses and inability to concentrate.

The following websites provide more information about nutrition and brain health:

USDA Nutrition and Brain Function Food for the Aging Mind