Do you really know your ABCs, not the alphabet kind but the Vitamin kind. Do you realise how amazingly important just these 3 specific vitamins are, heck if take just B Vitamins those alone are amazing! If you suffer from brain fog, IBS, digestive issues, crankiness, afternoon lulls where you could really use a good nap or a whole host of other issues then you are going to be amazed by what these 3 vitamins can do for you.
Did you know that Vitamin A (retinol) is vital for vision, you probably did know that but did you know it is also vital for building healthy cells in the gut, your immune system, your skin AND the brain. So what are some great sources of Vit A: tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale (my personal favourite) lettuce, bell peppers, tropical fruit, breast milk, grass fed or organic organ meats, milk, fat and cod liver oil.
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so its best eaten with fats for optimal absorption. You can over indulge on this vitamin but in todays society that is highly unlikely.
Now to my favourite vitamins, the Bs. B vitamins are AMAZING and vital for a number of different reasons but mainly for brain health. All the Bs are important and should ideally be taken in a complex as they play well together but if we were to pick out just 3 that are THE most vital they would be to be B6 B12 and Folic Acid (B9), without these 3 (plus other nutrients) some very important work cant get done in the brain and your mental alertness can begin to suffer.
Where can you find this amazing vitamin well you can find it in mackerel, sardines (yum!), red meat, salmon, milk and yogurt.
What about Vitamin C you say, well apart from being helpful in preventing a cold Vitamin C is actually very important in the brain. As well as helping to balance the neurotransmitters Vitamin C has been shown to help with reducing the symptoms of depression and schizophrenia (according to Patrick Holford). As well as finding great sources of Vitamin C in citrus fruits you can also find it in tomatoes (can you tell I love tomatoes), peas, papayas, broccoli and dark green leafy veg (theres that kale again).
So if you looking to keep your brain working as optimally possible, give it the nutrients it needs to do its job and you will find that it will repay you thousands of times over. The brain is such a complex organ and we can help it out by feeding it vitamins and minerals that will allow it to fully function right up until we no longer need it.