Segmented into a number of distinct yet related abilities, such as perception, memory, attention, motor skills, executive functions such as decision-making, our vital “Brain” is an indicator of overall mental health and quality of life. It marks the extent to which your cognitive abilities allow you to carry out any task, from the simplest to the most complex.
The many impacts of brain functioning
Poor brain function may impair a variety of cognitive tasks, such as quick and logical thinking, simple or complex movements requiring spatial processing and coordination, problem-solving and decision-making.
The aging brain
People tend to experience a certain level of cognitive decline as they age, but for some, the decline is more noticeable and can affect overall health and quality of life. For some, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) may further deteriorate and lead to Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia 1. While there are multiple contributing factors to cognitive decline, including stress, loneliness, and excess body weight, suboptimal nutrition in combination with chronic inflammation and oxidative stress may play a role in the onset of cognitive decline 2. For example, Omega-3 Fatty acids are a structural component of brain tissue and deficiency is related to poor brain function and accelerated brain aging 3.
1 Janoutová, J., Serý, O., Hosák, L. and Janout, V., 2015. Is Mild Cognitive Impairment a Precursor of Alzheimer's Disease? Short Review. Central European journal of public health, 23(4), p.365.
2 Huskisson, E., Maggini, S. and Ruf, M., 2007. The influence of micronutrients on cognitive function and performance. Journal of international medical research, 35(1), pp.1-19.
3 Denis, I., Potier, B., Heberden, C. and Vancassel, S., 2015. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and brain aging. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care, 18(2), pp.139-146.