When we want to achieve optimal health, we all tend to take the most obvious steps: more exercise, and better nutrition. And these things go a long way toward making our bodies healthier. But what about our minds? What can we do to keep the brain at its best?
While we know fruits and vegetables can help the brain, the answer may be simpler than you’d expect.
What the brain does
To understand how to maintain optimum performance, let’s first take a look at what our brains are responsible for.
As the most complex part of the human body, this three-pound organ is the center of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of body movement, and controller of behavior. The brain is designed to receive information from the rest of the body, interpret that information, and guide the body’s response to it.
How the brain works
The brain is made up of specialized areas that work together — each serving its own particular role:
1. Frontal Lobe — motor function and judgement
2. Parietal lobe — sensation, handwriting
3. Temporal lobe — memory, hearing
4. Occipital lobe — vision
To help us perform all our daily tasks, more than 100 billion nerves communicate through trillions of connections called “synapses.”
Additionally, the brain is surrounded by a layer of tissue called the meninges — and the skull (cranium) helps protect the brain from injury.
How nutrients help
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for cognitive function, memory, and behavioral function.
Ginkgo biloba may be helpful for improving normal, age-related memory loss, and enhancing mental function in younger people.
Cistanche may improve brain function including learning, and short- and long-term memory.
Photos and Article Source: Amway Connections
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