People often tend to overlook the relationship that food has on our brain function. Just as our bodies need the correct food to get peak physical performance so too do our brains.
Natural brain supplements like Neurolon are extremely effective but that does not mean you can fuel your brain with junk food and expect to perform at your peak.
below are a few brain boosting foods that you should try to incorporate into your daily diet.
Nuts like walnuts and almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Cashews nuts and sunflower seeds contain an amino acid that reduces stress by reducing cortisol levels and boosting serotonin levels. Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental abilities.
Essential Fatty Acids
More than 60% of our brain is made up of fat. Our brains needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory. Our bodies does not naturally produce essential fatty acids, so we need to get this from our diets. Foods that are rich in these fatty acids are Cold pressed organic coconut oil, eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs (The more runny the egg the better) also contain choline, this one of the building blocks for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is essential for memory recall as well as concentration.
Zinc has been proven to be a powerful nutrient in memory building and cognitive function. It has the ability to regulate communication between neurons and the hippocampus which are ridges found in the lateral ventricle of our brains, these are said to be the center of emotion, memory and autonomic nervous system. Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.
While it may not be everyone’s favorite vegetable, broccoli is very rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. It is essentially a superfood and since our brains use so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat. Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants and is proven to be a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K which goes a long way to improve mental clarity and focus.
There are several known effects and methods of action for Yerba Mate. One of its main characteristics is that it acts as a central nervous system stimulant, due to the presence of caffeine. This also means that at least some of the individual ingredients and components of the supplement are able to cross over the blood-brain barrier and then enter into the central nervous system. As a source of ingredients like anti-oxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals, Yerba Mate supports whole body health and cognitive function on several different levels. You might even say it is a multi-vitamin for your brain.
Dark chocolate is packed with Endorphins, also knows as the feel good hormone. Endorphins are able to bond with opiate receptors in our brains that lead to feelings of euphoria. This euphoric state of mind is also able to act as a pain inhibitor and reduce stress. Dark chocolate is also known to improve blood flow to the brain. Ideally you want to aim for 70% coca and above not the normal off the shelf sugar loaded milk chocolates.
This fruit is the ultimate nutrition item for any health enthusiast. However, in terms of brain food, it’s in a class of its own! Blueberries help protect oxidative stress in the brain and help to fight the chances of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Blueberries have also been shown to help improve learning capacity and motor skills in test studies. The flavonoids in blueberries also improve the communication between neurons, which helps to improve memory, learning, and all cognitive functioning.