Why You Should Feed Your Birds Brain Food

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The brain, while not taking up much space in regards to the rest of your body, needs energy. A lot of energy. It’ll tear through calories while you are just sitting there thinking. Our birds are pretty smart little creatures as well. And those brains need fuel too.

As a matter of fact, the mind uses about twice the amount of energy as any other cells in the body. Your brain is comprised of 60 percent fat. This is why I don’t get upset if people call me a “fathead.” Because of these unusual cells in the brain, they require more calories. This is what makes omega-3 fatty acids an excellent brain food. Walnuts and flax seeds are wonderful sources of these omega-3 fatty acids. 

Feed Those Bird Brains

Chemicals are chemicals. Brains are brains. It doesn’t matter who’s brain it is, yours or your bird. And while we are able to eat foods we wouldn't give to our flocks, some of the basic requirements for a good diet remains the same.

Many of these basic facts and information applies to birds as well as humans. And knowing these essential concepts about the chemistry of food and how it affects many species will help us all learn how to feed the birds in our lives better.

You've seen me mention omega-3 fatty acids in my previous articles. And I hate to yammer on about them, but they're pretty significant. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids allow blood vessels in the brain to remain healthy and fluid. What makes omega-3 essential? Well, it means that it's a critical part of your diet because it cannot be manufactured by the body. Walnuts and flax seeds are an outstanding source of these fatty acids.

The Power of Choline and Protein

But foods containing omega-3s are not the only good brain food. Egg yolks contain a substance called choline which is excellent because it boosts brainpower. It does this by speeding up the signals to the nerve cells in the brain.

Don't go crazy with the eggs for your flock, but they do contain all of the essential amino acids as well as the choline.

Proteins are pretty crucial for proper brain function as well. Proteins provide our brains with amino acids. From that, neurotransmitters are created. Neurotransmitters relay between neurons and allow parts of the brain to communicate with one another effectively.

When you feed the neurotransmitters with powerful brain foods, they deliver messages to those neurons quicker, more accurately and with a bigger punch. I like to equate it to the ability thinking fast on your feet. Neurotransmitters are created through the substances tyrosine and tryptophan. Tyrosine isn’t an essential amino acid because the body can make it without any help from anything you eat. However, tryptophan is an essential amino acid. And it can only be obtained via your diet.


Blueberries on the Brain

One food that is a serious brain food is the blueberry. Apparently, blueberries are said to be the No. 1 antioxidant fruit. Late Comedian George Carlin used to refer to blue food as “bestowing immortality” as there is very little blue food. But maybe he was onto something.

Antioxidants kill free radicals that attack your cells. They also help boost the amount of what your brain can retain and learn. They also improve fine motor skills and they help preserve memory. They also help with maintaining your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy.

Do you ever feel like you can't think? You just can't form the words you want to say? Have some brain food. And while you’re at it, feed some of it to that smart little critter on his play stand.

Examples of Brain Food

  • Almonds
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cashews
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Collard greens
  • Cranberries
  • Eggs
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Green Tea
  • Legumes
  • Oatmeal
  • Peas
  • Plums
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Raspberries
  • Red cabbage
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Walnuts
  • Water
  • Wheat germ

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