10 Things You Need to Know About Brain Food
  1. Nutritional psychiatry, a new frontier in psychiatric medicine, addresses mental health issues through prescriptive food.

  2. Every nutrient a brain cell needs to survive can be found in an egg.

  3. Swiss chard has prodigious amounts of Vitamin A and magnesium, both of which can help a body fight depression.

  4. A recent study found that people who ate baked or broiled fish regularly had more gray matter in their brains. Gray matter holds the nerve cells that control decision making, memory, and emotion.

  5. Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a neuromodulator that helps regulate mood.

  6. Nine out of 10 people are at risk of a choline deficiency, which can bring on fatigue, insomnia, and learning problems. Beef liver can help with that.

  7. A daily dose (no more than 2 teaspoons) of cinnamon can help improve brain function because it is high in manganese.

  8. A 6-ounce portion of pork will give a body 150% of its daily requirement of Vitamin B1 (also called thiamine). Low levels of this vitamin can lead to apathy, brain fog, and irritability.

  9. The flavanols found in cocoa boost memory and the flow of oxygen to the part of the brain where executive function happens.

  10. Mental health is reliant on gut health because your gut needs to be in good working order to absorb the nutrients your brain requires from the food you eat.

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