All organs need fat, especially your brain. Did you know that your brain is 60-70% fat?
Cells that make energy are called mitochondria and just like a car needs gas, mitochondria need fuel for your body to operate at its’ best. If you feed these mitochondria carbohydrates, it increases free radicals in your body which in turn can damage your tissues and your DNA.
When you use fats to fuel your mitochondria, not only will you have more energy but you will decrease the amount of free radicals in your body. Fat is high in calories but an incredible energy source. This also starts a process called ketosis, in which fat is burned for energy, especially to the brain, lessening the chance of developing a neurodegenerative disease. This is one of many reasons that a lower carb diet is helpful for mental clarity and acuity.
We all know that omega 3 fatty acids are an important part of our diet. Fatty fish like sardines, tuna, herring, and wild caught salmon should be eaten at least once a week. You can also feed your mitochondria with omega 9 fatty acids, such as olive oil, olives, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, avocados, macadamia nuts, and coconut oil.
Protein is also important to fuel the brain. Amino acids provide the building blocks for every process in the body, including muscle and tissue repair, cardiovascular health, and neurotransmitters that regulate stress, appetite, mood, cognition and sleep. By providing your body with enough protein you can maintain you your mood and can enhance cognition and memory. You can read more about amino acids here.
Other nutrients that promote a healthy brain:
Fish oil: helps decrease the overall effects of aging. I recommend Omega TG 1000 which contains an impressive 1,000 mg