Top #3 Brain Healthy Food
Kale: This green leafy vegetable is loaded with brain protecting nutrients such as manganese which is a trace mineral important for brain and nerve function.
Studies also show that manganese also helps form powerful antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) inside a very important part of your cells known as mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of your cells). This antioxidant protects your cells from damage.
Kale also has L-tyrosine which is an important amino acid needed to make neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that communicate information between our brain and body) such as dopamine and norepinephrine.
These brain chemicals affect your mood, energy and increase your ability to solve problems and improve memory!
On top of this kale is high in dietary fiber which fights inflammation which is critical for maintaining a healthy brain.
Tip: Eat steamed kale or sauté kale in olive oil (& occasionally eat raw kale). Cooking kale decreases the effects that cruciferous vegetables may have in suppressing the thyroid.
* If you have hypothyroidism it is best to minimize eating raw kale.