Eating Good Fat Makes You Brainy
The English have an expression for a highly academic or studious person – an ‘egghead.’
While the origins of this word may remain a mystery what we do know is that eggs are good for your brain. Containing omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and the choline - a nutrient critical for the development of a baby’s brain – the humble egg is the ideal snack for peak mental performance.
Cook eggs in coconut oil (try this turmeric omelette) and you’re giving your mind even more of a boost. A study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders.
Avocado can also stave off Alzheimer’s according to extreme egghead David Perlmutter. The respected neurologist counts coconut and avocado as two of the most brain -saving foods. In a 2015 study avocado was found to boost brain function. For six months subjects were given either a daily serve of chickpeas, potato or one whole avocado. Only the avocado eaters experienced improvement in spatial working memory.
Of course no conversation about fats and brain health would be complete without seafood. Fish contains DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid absolutely critical for neural health. A now famous 2007 study found that less than 340g of seafood a week during pregnancy (roughly three small salmon fillets) was associated with low verbal IQ in children.
The bottom line? Nutrients found in eggs, avocados and coconut oil are brilliant for the brain but to ensure your noodle has all the right nutrients, don’t forget DHA. If you’re vegan, try this supplement.