We already know that a healthy lifestyle is essential for staying healthy and aging gracefully. This is indeed important to ensure you don’t suffer from diseases such as heart attack or Alzheimer’s disease. By living a healthy lifestyle, you will be sure to have an active mind in your old age still. A healthy lifestyle involves lots of exercise, healthy eating and having a peaceful mind. The mind is one of the trickiest as when it’s disturbed all other things are disturbed as well. The need to have it peaceful and active is thus essential. While you can keep it peaceful through techniques such as meditation and yoga, there are vitamins that can take to increase brain power. They include:

1. Vitamin E

Gama tocopheral, an important component in vitamin E is essential is ensuring that one does not suffer from brain disorders. Antioxidant properties found in vitamin E protect the brain from free radicals that are responsible for brain damage and unstable molecules. It has also been shown to prevent the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and in the event that it has already occurred, it prevents its progression. It does this by reducing the free radicals damage. Ensure you take a sizeable amount of vitamin E every day. Some of the food sources are dark leafy vegetables and fruits, hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower oil and whole grains. If you are looking to go the supplements way look for those that have mixed tocopherals (gama and alpha). Take about 400 UI per day of these supplements.

2. Vitamin B

The B complex vitamins are necessary in the formation of essential brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. They are called anti-stress vitamins. This is because they increase your tolerance to stress. Every B complex vitamin plays an essential role in ensuring the brain functions properly and maintains mental acuity. If you have enough amounts, you keep at bay brain aging and depression. B12 for example, limits the probabilities of suffering from memory loss as you age. Foods such as fortified cereals, poultry, fish and meat are great sources of vitamin B12. Its deficiency can cause major blow to your brain. Folic acid, on the other hand, improves brain, alertness and focus. It reduces the levels of homocysteine, a toxic amino acid responsible for damage of brain cells. It can be found in foods such as eggs, fish and dairy. Serotonin and dopamine can be found in vitamin B6.

3. Vitamin C

If you are looking to improve your intelligence or that of your child, then vitamin C might be the way to go. It does so by improving memory, IQ, other functions of the brain. The good thing is it works greatly for all ages and thus you have no excuse. It also protects one from developing age related mental conditions such as dementia and stroke. With its richness in antioxidant properties, it fights free radicals that damage the brain. When combined with vitamin E, they both work synergistically to boost your brain power immensely. It will help fight metals that detoxify the brain such as aluminum and mercury. In other unrelated news, vitamin C will make your skin glow and stay healthy. It is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. When supplemented, take enough (1000mg per day) but ensure not to overdo it (not more 2000mg).

4. Vitamin D

This naturally available vitamin will boost your brain power. The down side unlike other vitamins, you can rarely get from food. It is absorbed in the body from exposure to the sun. According to research, vitamin C will also protect you from certain types of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and blood pressure. In spite of its evident importance, most Americans still continue to suffer from its deficiency. It is keeps your brain active from the time you are a fetus to old age. Vitamin D deficiency may trigger stress. Few foods will offer the sufficient amounts of Vitamin D required. Exposure to the sun is the only way. However, with the kind of lifestyle most of us are leading today, this becomes almost impossible. Our forefathers had it easier as they would spend most of their times outdoors. We are confined to indoor activities and rarely do we get enough exposure. You thus need to create enough time for this (more than twenty minutes per week).


Apart from these vitamins, there are also other necessary nutrients that boost brain power. They include omega-3 fatty acids. These acids will reduce the severity of disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and cognitive decline. They are found in abundance in certain types of fish. Play mind games and listen to music in addition and see the wonders that will happen.





Author's Bio: 

Margaux Diaz is Health and Beauty Expert. According to her “Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.” She has interest in building knowledge and self – confidence of people who really want to improve their Life by proper Health guide and stay fit for life time. She is an inspirational writer and has written numerous Articles related to Health and Beauty. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest since five years. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter