Taking your vitamins makes you SMARTER
When you think about all the reasons to take vitamins, you immediately think about the health benefits. It turns out that what’s good for your body is also good for your business because taking vitamins isn’t just smart, it makes you SMARTER.
Nutritional science shows us that certain foods and nutrients increase blood flow to the brain and help form neurotransmitters that help you think and remember. Proper nutrition can also improve how fast you retrieve information from your brain as well as how you store it.
Imagine improving your brain health to work smarter and more efficiently. The foods you eat and vitamins you take can help you maximize the time you spend on your business, if you know which ones to take.
Our list of work-smart vitamins (and a bit of the science behind them)
Research is finding that low levels of B12 can lead to shrinkage of the brain, and that folate and folic acid (in the B vitamin family) is good for brain health in both children and adults.
Researchers have found that B-complex vitamins provide a protective shield for your brains neurons that filter toxins and encourage the intake of oxygen and fatty acids.
Deficiencies in B vitamins can contribute to cognitive decline, including memory loss. To stay on top of tasks in your business and boost your memory, stock up on grains, leafy greens, lentils and peas to get those B vitamins.
There are vitamin D receptors in the brain. Vitamin D can regulate the enzymes that produce those neurotransmitters that help transmit messages to and from the brain, making it easier for your brain to work more efficiently.
Vitamin D deficiencies can cause weakened bones, poor growth, weakness and muscle cramps. Improve your cognitive function and speed at the office by getting your daily dose of Vitamin D in dairy, fish or supplements.
Vitamin A, C, E
Immune boosting vitamins like Vitamin A, C and E are natural antioxidants and work to protect our brain from free radical damage. Our body is made up of specialized cells that perform specific functions and as we age, free radicals chip away at them; their only defense is antioxidants. Essentially, these antioxidants protect our brain from damage, keep us healthy and our brains sharp!
Deficiencies in Vitamin A can lead to poor eye health, while a lack of Vitamins C & E compromises our immune system. Include carrots, yams, red peppers, broccoli, oranges, almonds and sunflower seeds in your day to get the most of your business day and keep your mind sharp.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 essential fatty acids, also called "brain food", help improve the circulation of blood and targets brain cells, which helps growth and development and may protect you against Alzheimer’s and dementia. Omega 3 fatty acids are concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for memory and performance.
Essential for our health, yet our bodies cannot produce them, Omega 3s must be in our diet. Protect your thinking by eating omega 3 rich foods such as salmon, tuna, halibut, nuts and supplements.