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4 Brain Nutrients You Can Only Find In Animal Products

There are many benefits that come with turning to a vegetarian or vegan diet. However, one of the more common problems with these diets is that they often lack some crucial essential nutrients, especially protein. If you’re thinking of switching to these dietary plans, keep in mind that these four nutrients for your brain can only be found in food produced from animals, so you will probably need to take a supplement in order to receive these nutrients while remaining on your animal-free diet. Since your brain is the organ that uses the most energy in comparison to its weight, be sure to feed it with these nutrients.

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

DHA is most commonly found in the omega-3 fatty acids from fish, specifically salmon. High levels of DHA in the brain are shown to boost mood by increasing dopamine and serotonin in the brain, thereby fighting depression and anxiety. In general, your cognitive health and function is highly improved by DHA.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is produced from cholesterol in your skin that reacts to exposure to the sun. While you can get vitamin D2 from plants, studies have show that the version of this nutrient that comes from animals, vitamin D3, is more effective in the body. Eating fish a few times a week will help raise levels of vitamin D3 in your bloodstream, which willultimately lower your risk of developing such autoimmune disorders as multiple sclerosis, and even cancer.  

Vitamin B12

This is a vitamin that the body essentially needs, yet cannot produce on its own, and it can only be found in animal foods. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that promotes thehealthy functioning of every single cell in your body. It is also involved in the formation of blood and healthy brain function. A lack of this crucial vitamin can lead to symptoms of anemia and even mental illness such as depression, fatigue, and poor memory, as its absence can shrink the brain over time. Meat, fish, and eggs all supply Vitamin B12. If you’rea vegetarian, make sure to take a vitamin B12 supplement, or seek out foods that have been fortified with B12.


Creatine, like protein, serves to build up your muscles, muscle mass, and strength. Creatine works to recycle energy in our cells, and it is highly concentrated in the brain. Getting enough creatine is crucial to increased cognitive function, memory, and mental alertness. Creatine also serves to provide the strength our bodies need to be sustained through highly physical workouts or other activities. Creatine is pretty abundant in meat, so take a supplement if meat eating isn’t your thing.

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