I recently read that New Years celebrations are thought to be one of the oldest of all traditions, close to 4000 years old.
For 2009, Tignum would like to have you Think Different about how to organize your nutritional goals. Daily, human sustainability, resilience and enhanced mental performance becomes more essential than ever in the current economy. Your brain function, both in mental toughness and creativity will need to be sharp and in top shape. Why not make this year “the year” to nourish your brain and construct a brain nutritional program to not only enhance mental acuity and agility but also to protect it against stress.
Key nutrients have been shown to protect and nourish the brain while under stress. L-tyrosine is an amino acid used by the body to produce certain adrenal stress hormones and chemical messengers in the nervous systems (neurotransmitters). Research shows that levels of L-tyrosine in the brain decline with stress, and by supplying higher levels of tyrosine, it will help reverse this decline and improve brain performance. Nutritional research also shows that using tyrosine as a supplement can help mental performance during physically stressful situations, such as noise and cold conditions.
Dairy products, lean meats, fish, whole grains (especially quinoa, oats, and millet), avocados, bananas, almonds, sesame seeds, beans (esp. lima beans) are all good sources of tyrosine. Healthy fats (ie Omega 3 fatty acids), Vitamin C and B vitamin family are also key for brain function. Starting out the New Year with awareness of brain enhancing nutrients can be a great step towards becoming a Sustainable High Performer in 2009.
By Patti Milligan
Director of Nutrition