In the brain, the synapse is where nerve cells connect. This space between the cells allows for electrical signals to move from the brain throughout the body. This electrical signal is essential for everything from moving muscles and feeling pain to remembering where you left your keys. As we get older, these important connections deteriorate, the signals dissipate, and significant problems can develop with memory and cognition.
A healthy adult brain has about 100 billion nerve cells. On average, each neuron is connected to other neurons through about 10,000 synapses. The more connections you have, the better your memory, the faster your brain processes information, and the better your attention and focus will be.
Each nerve cell requires specific dietary support for optimum performance though. But most aging people unwittingly starve their brains of these critical nutrients with a heart-healthy diet deficient in eggs, red meat, and cheese, the very foods that contain these vital brain-boosting nutrients. The fact that many people are magnesium deficient does not make it any better.
Examples of excellent brain food:
Eggs – Support Healthy Brain Structure
When you think of eggs, cholesterol is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But the truth is your brain needs cholesterol to function properly. In fact, a significant part of your brain is composed of it.
White Beans – Help Brain Cell Communication
White beans are an excellent source of phosphatidylserine, a brain-building nutrient. Specifically, phosphatidylserine supports cell to cell communication, which is essential for your brain cells. It is also important for concentration, learning, and memory.
Goji Berries – Protect Brain Cells
Goji berries have been shown to protect brain tissue from low oxygen states and strengthen the blood-brain barrier — a specialized membrane protecting the brain from dangerous toxins.
Walnuts – Boost Brain Power
Since there’s a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in walnuts, they’re excellent for brain health. Your brain consists mostly of structural fats that are critical for normal brain cell function. For this reason, walnuts are “brain food.”