Antioxidants for your brain.
When the oxygen and glucose are all burned up, free radicals are manufactured. There has been a lot written about the harmful effects of free radicals in your body. However, out of all the organs, the brain is most susceptible to burning up glucose and oxygen and in the process produces a lot of free radicals. What these free radicals do to the brain includes demolishing the defensive layer of the brain cells and diminishing the neurons. Added to this damage, the neuron membranes are made up of fatty acids which react powerfully to the free radicals.
Antioxidants are the substances that stop this cell damage by counteracting these free radicals. These include a lot of other things including beta-carotene, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. The best way to make these antioxidants work for you is to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Here are the top 10 antioxidant sources:
v Brussels sprout
v Alfalfa sprout
Some important antioxidants:
v Tea – drinking tea could offer a quick source of antioxidants. Bottled teas, herbal ones or instant tea does not really offer that protection but green tea or black tea is amazing.
v Lycopene – this is a really powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes and its products like paste, soup, sauce and juice.
v Wine – drinking lightly, that is about one drink per day, can offer a good amount of antioxidants that stops the damage caused to brain cells. Red wine has a higher level of antioxidants. However, excessive drinking is damaging for your brain so you could switch to grape juice for a non-alcoholic option.
v Chocolate – yes, chocolates can actually be great for you! You will find more antioxidants in dark chocolates than milk chocolates.
It seems that choosing your foods wisely and eating smart is not only beneficial for your health but also a great way to boost your thinking, mental capacity, creative thought processes as well as memory while removing any long term mental damages also.