Keep your mind sharp with these top holistic tips from nutritionist Sarah Flower.
Up your nutrients
Zinc is key for brain health and is found to be deficient in people who suffer from mental health problems like depression. Ensure your diet is packed with zinc-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, spinach, wheat germ and fish. For an extra boost take a supplement with ginseng, a vital nutrient that can help to enhance cognitive function, memory and energy levels. Try Power Health’s Power Ginseng herbal remedy which contains Korean ginseng roots, the most potent ginseng available (£7.90, powerhealth.co.uk).
Cardio has been proven to preserve brain health; when your blood is pumping, it circulates around your brain and bathes your cells in oxygen and glucose, which they need to function. The more they get, the more your performance improves. When you work your muscles, hormones rush to your brain and mix with a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This plays a vital role in brain cell growth, mood regulation and learning. There are lots of easy options for getting started – why not try the NHS Couch to 5k for a gentle way into running? To find out more visit nhs.uk/LiveWell.