MadSci Network: Neuroscience

Re: What kind of food helps the brain in its functioning the best, and why?

Date: Mon Apr 13 15:33:37 1998
Posted By: kathi clement, faculty md, family practice, Univ. of Wyoming
Area of science: Neuroscience
ID: 891989894.Ns

This is a difficult question, in that we still are not sure if there are 
certain "brain healthy" foods.  While developing as fetuses we know that 
healthy brains need oxygen, and caloric support but as to specific foods it 
just isn't known.  I think you need to think about what is healthy for the 
body as a whole is probably healthy for the brain.  This includes the 
appropriate vitamins, minerals, proteins, fat, and carbohydrates that vary 
per age and gender.  We know when the body and  brain has been starved that 
a person does not think nor function as well.  Some diets are healthier 
than others this includes diets that have more fruits and vegetables, using 
oils that are monounsaturated such as canola and olive oil, increasing 
intake of fiber, increase garlic intake (this may potentially help lower 
LDL or the "bad cholesterol"), eat less butter and margarine, eat less 
fatty meat, and use milk products with less than 2%fat.  If a person can 
follow these things the brain should be healthy also.  

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