5 Brain Foods a Neuroscientist Wants You To Eat

 Having a balanced diet is essential for our physical and mental health. When we ingest good foods, we strengthen our bodies  and prevent a series of diseases and health conditions, like diabetes, heart diseases, and hypertension. 

Did you know that the brain, just like any other organ, also needs specific nutrients to work to its full potential? 

The encephalon, the upper part of the central nervous system which controls our body, needs much more than just proteins, carbs, and fats. 

So, ingesting a good combination of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) is important. 

In today's video, you will learn how to boost your brain with the best minerals! 


Calcium works as a cell flag, indicating to the cell what is about to happen. It is also responsible for the communication between brain cells, which makes calcium essential to the adequate functioning of nerves and muscles. 


This mineral is part of the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the cells. Its adequate consumption improves mental functioning and academic performance. When consumed in excess, it can be related to the  development of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. 


Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for brain functioning because it participates in many actions, including control of the neurotransmitter levels. 

This mineral is important because it helps control mood, memory, and learning. Magnesium also helps control the transmission of nerve impulses and strengthens bones and teeth. 


Potassium always works together with sodium, which makes it essential for the transmission of nerve impulses. Its lack can cause apathy and weakness. 


This mineral is, no doubt, one of the most consumed around the world. Consumed as sodium chloride, or salt, it controls the nervous and muscle functions and, together with potassium, maintains the water balance in cells and tissues. 

Now that you know the 5 micronutrients that are good for your brain, make sure to add these foods to your diet, and if you want to supplement any of them, talk to a doctor or dietitian who can ask for the necessary exams and advice you on the best way of taking the supplements.


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