Feeding the brain: the importance of nutrients for brain functions and health

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Roberta Altomare
Giuseppe Damiano
Vincenzo Davide Palumbo
Salvatore Buscemi
Gabriele Spinelli
Francesco Cacciabaudo
Giulia Lo Monte
Angela Maffongelli
Salvatore Fazzotta
Eliana Gulotta
Leonardo Gulotta
Silvia Altomare
Carla Maione
Attilio Ignazio Lo Monte

Keywords

brain nutrition, neurotransmitters, acetylcholine, adrenaline, serotonin, endorphins.

Abstract

‘We are what we eat’, said the philosopher Feuerbach. In fact, the quality of the food we eat affects our mind as well: the brain, which represents 2% of our body weight, consumes about 20% of the calories we eat each day. Follow a few rules could therefore help to feed properly our brain, so it works to the best of its ability. It is important to know properties of foods especially regarding their aminoacidic composition because aminoacids are components of neurotransmitters, molecules needed for brain transmission and function. It is also possible to choose specific food to prevent or support different diseases that affects nervous system.
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