We lift weights with our bodies to make our muscles stronger. Lifting weights with our heads might just have the opposite effect on our brains. After we lift weights, we can replenish the muscle decay with proteins, so how do we support our brains for cognitive “gains”?
The answer is not black and white, it’s MultiFaceted ;) First thing is to acknowledge the three stages of brain function: development, maturity, and 65+. The goal is to give our brains what they need at each stage, so we can all be super smart and quick witted (and all the other reasons).
In the development stage, the brain is obsessed with omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin A, and many other nutrients too. A child’s rapidly growing brain can’t afford to be as picky as the child’s culinary preferences, and including a child’s MultiVitamin in their daily routine will help ensure they’re getting those key developmental nutrients.
In the maturity stage, the brain is in the maintenance phase (though brain fuel can be a lot easier to maintain than our “goal weight”). Alongside the full spectrum of nutrients included in MultiVitamins, you can treat your brain to an extra helping of fatty fish to top up on docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The top DHA swimmers are salmon, herring, mackerel, and tuna. Shall we sushi tonight?
In the 65+ stage, the brain still wants all of the yummy nutrients of its younger self, but now it’s also parched for calcium (it may we weird to personify a brain). Calcium has a great reputation as a supporter bone and muscular health, but it may also support brain health, so taking a MultiVitamin is smart move.
To conclude: we should not be lifting dumbells with our smart heads, we need to support our minds with the nutrients it requires, and fish oil is liquid gold (that smells like ocean). Let's all be hilarious geniuses!