In addition to vitamins and minerals, proteins, lipids and many other nutrients are essential to the brain. The most important among these, according to Dr. Oshima are choline and glucose.
“Choline, found in egg yolks, attracted immediate attention because it is claimed to help prevent senility. Choline is the primary component of acetylcholine, one of the substances that functions as a neurotransmitter between brain cells. Acetylcholine is synthesized only in the brain.
“A particularly important nutrient for energizing the brain is glucouse. It is the brain’s one and only source of energy. Without glucose,the brain cannot live,” notes Dr. Oshima.
Glucose ingested through food and absorbed by the body is converted to glycogen and stored in the liver and muscles. In the liver, glycogen is broken down once again into glucose and released into the bloodstream where it is distributed to the brain and other body organs.
Glucose is not only the brain’s source of energy, it is also an extremely important nutrient for brain cells, adds Dr. Oshima.
“Brain cells release neurotransmitters that are essential for the process of thought, sensation and memory. Glucose deficiency impairs each of these processes,” warns Dr. Oshima.
Boosting your brain demands a balanced intake of each of these many nutrients.
To be continued
(Translated by Roy Mashima)
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The brain also uses ketone bodies for energy metabolism. Any doctor should know that! Just ask those who use a ketogenic diet for epilepsy. There is also new research that supports ketogenic diets for cancer treatment, especially glioblastomas.