Its food: for your brain!
We all know that what we eat directly affects how we feel. But, what we may not realize is how deep the connection is between what we consume and how our bodies and minds function. Our food choices have an affect not only on our brain function, but our brain structures as well!
Eating a brain boosting array of foods can support your noggin in both the short and long term.
Found in salmon, tuna, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and most oily fish.
“Omega-3s help build membranes around each cell in the body, including the brain cells. They can, therefore, improve the structure of brain cells called neurons” -Medical News Today.
It’s even been studied that people with high levels of Omega 3s had higher levels of cerebral blood flow. A flow that was found to have a correlation to cognitive thinking.
A true antioxidant goldmine.
Dark colored berries (think blue berries, black berries, raspberries, strawberries, etc) are full of good stuff for your thinker. Clinical research shows that antioxidants found in dark colored berries reduces inflammation and oxidative stress and helps to protect against brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
“Flavonoids, the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, also help improve memory, research shows” - Harvard Medical School.
All of those adults who told you to “eat your greens!” as a child really were on to something.
“Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene”- Harvard Health Publishing.
This isn’t a biology course, so we won’t dive down into the nitty gritty science of how these properties affect your brain, but trust us (and Scientists at Harvard Medical School) when we tell you: they’re good for your brain!
Full of caffeine and antioxidants: both assets for your thinking machine.
According to research, caffeine helps out by providing increased alertness, improved mood and sharpened concentration. A study at Johns Hopkins even showed that caffeine may even help solidify new memories!
However, the key (as with everything) is moderation. If you go overboard with caffeine consumption, you can disrupt your cortisol levels and throw the balance of your body and mood out of wack. Check out our top tips on how to reap the benefits of your morning coffee, while minimizing the negative affects.
Ahh a sweet treat for your taste buds and your brain.
Cacao is packed with brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids, caffeine and antioxidants.
“In one study including over 900 people, those who ate chocolate more frequently performed better in a series of mental tasks, including some involving memory, than those who rarely ate it” -Healthline.
Researchers even discovered a legit connection between eating chocolate and an increase in positive mood. So it’s a doubly whammy: boosting both memory and mood!
Chocolate and cacao have a rich history rooted in ancient times. Dive into our blog about the journey of chocolate from its ancient ceremonial use to the modern day chocolate bar!