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LoveYourBrain Tip: Eat Whole Grains!

EAT WHOLE GRAINS!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 3.14.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

The brain, like every other organ in the body, relies on energy to function.  Whole grains provide energy, in the form of glucose, which is released into the bloodstream, eventually making its way to the brain.

Whole grains also benefit the brain indirectly, by promoting cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of heart disease.  Since the brain requires a steady supply of glucose-rich blood to do its job, it makes sense that the organ that promotes good blood flow should be in top form.

Which whole grains should you choose?  Well, those with a low glycemic index, such as oatmeal, muesli, or 100% whole wheat, are ideal as they slowly release glucose, providing sustainable energy throughout the day.  For those with gluten intolerance, choose grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, millet, or wild rice.