Eating a well-balanced diet of nutrient-rich foods has been proven to help maintain a healthy weight, boost immunity and alleviate a number of medical issues. But, there’s one part of the body people tend to forget: the brain. Although the brain represents just 2 per cent of the total weight of an average adult, it actually uses 20 per cent of the energy we consume, according to experts. Like the rest of our muscles and organs, this powerhouse benefits immensely from proper nutrition, as it needs energy whether we’re awake or asleep.
Like other bodily functions, most of that energy comes from the foods we eat and research has shown that diet impacts both brain health and cognitive ability, which is our ability to think, learn, perceive, reason and remember. That’s why it’s vital to eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep our minds in tip-top shape. So, what are some of the best things to eat to keep us sharp? Dr David Lardizabal of the Neurological Institute, Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, reveals five of the best foods to help us focus.