Brain Food: The Basics

There are many supplements touted as being beneficial for the brain. However, while many of these many have good research supporting their use, many forget the basics when it comes to feeding the brain. The primary fuel used by the brain is glucose. A shortage of glucose for the brain cells tends to cause slow and clouded thinking, and produces a lack of ability to concentrate. The glucose for the brain comes from the blood and so maintaining a consistent blood glucose level is important for the brain. The best way to achieve this is to eat a healthy high quality balanced diet that is based around starchy carbohydrates from vegetables and high quality protein. The brain also requires the presence of the essential fatty acids alpha linolenic acid (ALA, C18:3 (n-3)) and linoleic acid (LA, C18:2 (n-6)) in the correct ratios to maintain structural integrity of neurones. Without adequate essential fatty acids the brain cannot utilise glucose effectively because it loses the ability to undergo normal neuronal metabolism.    

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Robert Barrington is a writer, nutritionist, lecturer and philosopher.
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