Dr. Shayesteh: Brain Food

Research shows that what we eat has a direct impact on brain neurochemistry

Dr. Shayesteh joined 33 WYTV Daybreak to explain how essential nutrition is to brain health.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It is important to eat healthy, not only for our bodies, but also our brains.

Research shows that what we eat has a direct impact on brain neurochemistry; chiefly in dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These three things directly affect energy level, mood, and metabolism.

Dr. Shayesteh showing Len Rome the effects obesity can have on the brain.
Scans showing dopamine release in the brain.

Scans of the brain show that poor nutrition and obesity cause a much smaller release of the chemical dopamine, also known as pleasure hormones. When levels are low, a craving for more sugar and fat try to compensate.

Poor nutrition also shows poor effects on the structure of the brain, especially the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and learning new things. Poor nutrition can make the hippocampus smaller than normal, increasing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease down the road.

What foods and lifestyle choices promote brain health? What other brain issues may arise from poor nutrition?

Dr. Shayesteh joined 33 WYTV Daybreak to explain how essential nutrition is to brain health.

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