The proper functioning of the entire human body depends solely on a healthy brain and I wouldn’t be wrong if I tagged the brain as the most important body organ. It’s important to nourish the body but it’s equally important to nourish the brain.
Declination of the brain activities does increases with age but sometimes an undernourished brain can decrease the normal activities of the brain thereby affecting the bodily functions, but it is possible to enhance the working of the brain by taking vitamins along with your daily food or as supplements.
Folic acid is also known as Vitamin M. Folic acid is responsible for regulation and control of a chemical known as Homocysteine in the blood. Studies of the brain have shown that elevated levels of Homocysteine damages the brain cells.
A good amount of folic acid will help protect your brain cells and keeps you alert and active both physically as well as mentally. You’ll find folic acid in capsule form. You can also make it a part of your daily food intake; it is found in green vegetables like spinach, in liver, beans and in fruits like banana and orange.
Vitamin B3 is also known as Pantothenic acid. This vitamin plays a role in production of the neurotransmitter-acetylcholine. Deficiency of this vitamin decreases the levels of the neurotransmitter which directly affects all brain as well as neural functions.
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All foods contain this vitamin but it is found in high concentration in yeast, kidney, liver, milk, meat, egg and nuts. Supplements in capsular form are also available in drug stores.
Pyridoxine is the other name used for Vitamin B6. Neurotranmitters are the most important chemicals required for proper brain functioning as they help carry all the signals from one neural cell to the next.
Pyridoxine plays a crucial role in the production of these key elements like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Vitamin B6 is known to lower depression symptoms too. You’ll find this vitamin in foods like egg yolk, kidney, milk and vegetables.
The other name for this vitamin is Cyanocobalamine. Deficiency of this vitamin can significantly affect brain functions. It’s is a vitamin that helps to protect the neural cells.
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Electric impulses travel through the nerves but do not effect them due to presence of myelin sheath; incase the myelin sheath is absent the cell is bound to get damages and this is how most brain problems are caused. Vitamin B12 increases the production of myelin sheath and aids in protecting the cells against damage.
Studies conducted on individuals have shown that people with increased levels of B12 in their body have shown enhanced brain power and short term memory. Meat is the most important source of Vitamin B12 but in case you’re a vegetarian you can opt for capsule supplements.
Chemical reactions that take place in the body often release byproducts in form of free radicals. These free radicals have the potential to destroy the brain cells and thus make it important to eliminate them from the body.
Antioxidants will help you against these free radicals. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that will help you fortify your brain cells and help stave off brain problems like dementia and memory loss.
The most important source of vitamin C is citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, plumes, berries etc. It is also easily available in tablet or capsule form at any drug store.
Vitamin E is another strong antioxidant and works along the same lines as Vitamin C. Researches have shown that Vitamin E not only protects the brain cells and helps in establishing a powerful memory but it can also delay progress of Alzheimer’s disease. It is found in fish, green leafy vegetables, nuts and sweet potatoes. It is found as a supplement also.