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The effects of food on the brain

What people might not be aware of is that the way in which we think, as well as the way in which we learn is hugely affected by the food that we eat. Besides, the quality of the food that we eat is determined to a huge extent by the way in which it is prepared, as well as by the time in which it is consumed and combined with other food. There are certain things that people should be aware of when it comes to the effects that food in general has on the brain and its functioning, and all those who are willing to find out more about it should only keep reading.

An important fact is that the brain feeds on sugar, but not any sugar. This organ is very selective when it comes to the type of sugars it uses, and for its proper functioning it is important that the levels of sugar in blood do not fluctuate. Thus, carbohydrates also affect the behavior since they are rich sources of glucose, and complex carbohydrates are definitely the best choice when it comes to the type of carbohydrates that are good for the brain. The next important thing is that there are brain-friendly carbs, which means that they have positive effects on the brain. Those carbs can be found in food with low glycemic index, which means that the intake of such food varieties should be increased. Besides fruits and vegetables, dairies such as milk and yogurt also have low GI, as well as legumes and cereals. There are also brain-friendly fats, which are especially important for the growing brain, because this organ grows faster than the body when it comes to the humans. This is why it is important to provide sufficient amounts of saturated fats which are low in body-building, but high in brain-building. Omega 3 fatty acids are the best option for growing brain, although the same can be said for DHA.

Antioxidants and their importance

Foods that have antioxidant characteristics are of particular importance for the entire body, but for the brain particularly, and this is closely related to the fact that the brain burns oxygen and glucose much more than any other organ in the body. As a result of this process, free radicals are created, and their negative effects on the body are very well familiar. They create the damage the effects of which the antioxidants can either eliminate entirely or minimize, at least.

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