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Food for Thought – Brain Food

For an afternoon last week, I had a case of Spring Fever and my brain was on loan. Was it the week of unusual warm weather for March or was it brain overload? Whatever it was, I decided to fill up on some known brain foods.    My Top 7 Brain Foods include Salmon, Yogurt, Walnuts, Eggs, Quinoa, Sunflower Seeds and Berries.  These foods all contain essential nutrients that contribute to proper brain functioning and mood. The Brainwave on Salmon, Yogurt and Walnuts!  Salmon: Recent research identifies that the Omega -3 Fatty Acids DHA and EPA (DHA = Docosahexaenoic acid,  EPA = Eicosapentaenoic Acid) have a significant role in brain health. The brain’s reliance on DHA and EPA starts early in life and continues throughout adulthood.  Adequate intake of DHA and EPA are fundamental to proper brain function including cognitive ability and balanced moods. Both wild and farm salmon contain anywhere from 1.2 to 2g (combined DHA and EPA) per 100g serving, which makes it an excellent source. How much fish should you be eating? The current recommendation in Canada is to consume at least 2 servings of fatty fish per week to increase your intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Check with your … Continue reading

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