Basic Brain Nutrients: vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats

June 13, 2009

Diet Foods, Diets & Nutrition

The vitamin B complex is generally recognized as an essential brain bundle of vitamins. Vitamin B1 is directly linked to the way glucose gets metabolized in your body. Glucose is the number one source of energy for your brain. You can take your daily dose of vitamin B1 from whole grain cereals, vegetables, nuts, seeds, peanuts, pork meat…

Folic acid or vitamin B9 is used in metabolizing proteins. When the quantity of folic acid gets low the level of serotonin found in your body gets low also. The lack of serotonin leads to depression and sleep problems. The risk of suffering a heart attack is also increased if the quantity of serotonin found in your body is extremely low. You can assimilate folic acid form beans, peas, broccoli, spinach, liver, bread, fruits like bananas and oranges…

Vitamin B12 has the role of protecting and maintaining the layer of myelin that covers the nervous cells. In the absence of myelin your nervous cells are in great agony. Imagine having no skin. You can get vitamin B12 from meat, liver, eggs and dairies.


The lack of vitamin B3 or niacin leads to headaches, memory problems, unpredictable emotional eruptions. Vitamin B3 is the one that give your body energy which it takes form the foods you eat. Foods rich in vitamin B3 are fish, meats, whole grain bread, nuts, figs, peaches…

In your brain a huge part of all the neurotransmitters are made up of amino acids. Amino acids are the ones that form proteins. The amino acids are split in two categories: those that can be synthesized by your body and those that cannot be synthesized by your body. The amino acids that cannot be synthesized must be taken from the foods you eat. If you don’t want your neurotransmitters to be affected by the lack of one amino acid, disrupting the normal functioning of your brain, you need to eat foods rich in proteins. You can get proteins from meat, dairies, eggs, cereals, beans, peas, nuts. Animal food products are the best source of proteins because they already contain synthesizes amino acids.

Carbohydrates influence your brain too. A meal rich in carbohydrates cam make you feel tired and exhausted, sleepy even after it. So avoid eating too much bread, cereals, potatoes, rice…

When it comes to fats(lipids) you need to watch your cholesterol level. But accordingly to recent studies your brain needs the fats found in dairies to maintain a constant level of serotonin.

Try to offer in your daily nutrition all the nutrients your brain needs. That way you will be much more productive and happy. Having a healthy brain is all up to you.

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