“You need to make sure that the brain has all the building blocks and chemicals that it needs to run properly,” she says, and ensure “your diet contains the foods that delivers those nutrients to the brain without a lot of difficulty.”
Even though certain nutrients are in worked into your diet via food, doesn’t mean that they’re reaching the systems that need them (including your brain), says Ede.That’s because it goes beyond just eating foods that are directly good for your brain. Your diet, she explains “has to contain the nutrients, and those nutrients have to be available.” This is also known as bioavailability, or the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from a food.
Some foods are naturally bioavailable, and there are ways to strategically optimize your meals to better absorb nutrients. One way to do so is consuming foods that have nutrient synergy relationships: For example, pairing foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K) along with fats (avocado, olive oil).