A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish like mackerel, salmon,
herrings and tuna) can help in a wide range of health areas, including joint
health, blood pressure, heart health and circulation. But it is also important
for the development and maintenance of brain function.
B vitamins, found in leafy vegetables,
broccoli, bananas, yeast, eggs and meat, are essential to the maintenance of
the nervous system, the internal 'message service' which transmits information
around the body and to the brain. Optimal levels of B vitamins have been
associated with feelings of general well-being and clear-headedness in
The mental decline that can come with age is
thought to be related to damaging molecules known as free radicals. They are
quenched by antioxidant substances such as beta-carotene and vitamins C & E.
There is evidence that upping our intake of antioxidant nutrients might help
maintain our mental sharpness. Go for citrus fruits, kiwis, broccoli and dark
green leafy vegetables, whole grains, brown rice, eggs and muesli or oatmeal.