Low GI foods – Whole grains with low glycemic index release glucose slowly into the bloodstream, keeping you mentally alert the whole day.
Omega 3 fatty acids – DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) helps in improving brain development in infants and enhancing learning ability. It also prevents memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) can fight schizophrenia and depression. Fish oils are a rich source of these acids.
Lycopene – Majorly found in tomatoes, Lycopene could help protect against the free radical damage to cells which occurs in development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is essential for the production of many neurotransmitters and for mental agility.
Iron – If the body is low in iron, fatigue, irritability and headaches may occur.
Vitamin E – This vitamin is a well known antioxidant. Vitamin E rich foods include tofu, spinach, nuts, fish, and olives. Good intake of Vitamin E is purported to prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly.