In other words, may some foods be specifically good for brain function?
For a great in-depth review of the effects of food on the brain you can check out Fernando Gomez-Pinilla’s recent article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience (reference below). Here is an overview of the state off the research.
Several components of diet seem to have a positive effect on brain function.
Omega‑3 fatty acids
These acids are normal constituents of cell membranes and are essential for normal brain function. Omega‑3 fatty acids can be found in fish (salmon), kiwi, and walnuts. Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is the most abundant omega‑3 fatty acid in cell membranes in the brain. The human body produces DHA but not enough. So we are dependent on the DHA that we get from what we eat.
A randomized double-blind controlled trial (which means seriously conducted scientific study) is currently looking at the effect of taking omega‑3 fatty acids on children’s performance at school in England. Preliminary results (Portwood, 2006) suggest that [Read more…] about Can food improve brain health?