The health of the mind depends, to a great extent, on the diet. A balanced diet has the power to increase the
synthesis of the neurotransmitters of good humour, that is, it contributes to improving emotional well- being, which is beneficial for those who suffer from mood disorders , such as depression or anxiety, according to nutrition specialists.
What foods should we incorporate into the diet?
The second is rich in vitamin B6, which,in addition to reducing the nerves, favours the metabolization of tryptophan, as well as the release of serotonin.
“The more variety of colors on our plate, the more attractive it will be visually, stimulating our appetite. For this, it is very practical to combine seasonal vegetables or fruits with protein foods ”, said Andrea Marqués, nutritionist at the European Medical Institute for Obesity.
To obtain these benefits, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle under three rules: physical activity, avoiding substances that are harmful to health - such as tobacco - and eating in a quiet and conscientious place - instead of eating while watching television or in front of of the computer-.
Increased consumption of flavonoids can improve mental alertness , according to new research from the University of Birmingham in the UK .
According to the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports , the brains of healthy adults can recover faster from a mild vascular challenge and perform better in complex tests, after consuming cocoa flavonoids.
«Flavonoids are small molecules that are found in many fruits and vegetables, also in cocoa. They give fruits and vegetables their bright colors and are known to benefit vascular function.
We wanted to know if flavonoids also benefit the cerebral vasculature and if that could have a positive impact on cognitive function, "said Catarina Rendeiro, researcher and professor of nutritional sciences.
The team recruited non-smoking adults with no known brain, heart, vascular or respiratory disease, reasoning that any effect seen in this population would provide strong evidence that dietary flavonoids can improve brain function in healthy people.
Two hours after consuming cocoa, the participants breathed air containing 5% carbon dioxide, approximately
100 times the normal concentration in air. The team then measured oxygenation in the frontal cortex, a brain region that plays a key role in planning, behavior regulation, and decision-making.
Most of the participants had a stronger and faster brain oxygenation response after exposure to cocoa flavonoids.
They also performed better on the more challenging cognitive tests, correctly solving problems 11% faster than at the start.
Improve your diet! If you have questions about your diet, approach a nutritionist. Remember that a balanced dietcan help you to be well physically and mentally.