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Certain foods are believed to help concentration, speed up reflexes, maintain motivation, improves memory, reduces stress and even slows brain aging. The field of nutritional neuroscience aims to investigate this area and is rapidly expanding. Some of the findings so far include the following. A high fat, low fruit and vegetable diet is bad for the heart and can cause certain cancers, depression and aggression. This type of diet is usually undertaken by males. Brain health is determined by the type and quantity of fat consumed with the fat found in fish being the most beneficial. Some oils promoted as being heart healthy may not be good for the brain. Also, this may have an implication in the type of fat available in infant formula and what it does to the infant's brain. Consumption of foods that contain precursors of vital important brain neurotransmitters can increase alertness, memory and stress resistance. Sugar can improve clarity of thought if it is provided in the right quantity at the right time. Carbohydrates, especially when consumed on their own, may have a mentally relaxing effect. B vitamins have a large impact on mood and mental performance. Many North Americans are at least slightly deficient in the B vitamins.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Psychology Today
About: Brain operation can be greatly influenced by the type of foods eaten
Date: 10 January 2005
Source: Psychology Today
Author: Randy Blaun, Andreas Wiesenack
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