Mental heath week. Depression and Diet – 3 Brain Facts

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Did you know the brain is made up of around 40% fat.The brain cells need to maintain their structures, therefore an adequate supply of unsaturated fat is needed to maintain health. Olive oil or rapeseed oil is best for cooking. Nuts and seeds for snacks.

Also did you know unlike any other organ the brain cannot use fat or protein as fuel – it can only use glucose. Therefore a steady supply of carbohydrates (which are broken down in the body to produce blood glucose) throughout the day is essential. Aim to eat little and often.

Tryptophan is one of the building blocks of protein and studies have shown that it can improve the mood of those suffering with depression. Therefore fill one third of your plate with protein ( fresh meat, fish, eggs , milk , low fat cheese, nuts, seeds, lentils and beans are all good sources).

Taking care of your body also helps take care of your mind. Relax and enjoy.

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Author: daviemac

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