Oct
03

Eat these foods to boost your brain power.

The food we consume has a big impact on our energy levels. Consuming the right food is vital for maintaining focus and energy levels. Most athletes are very aware of how their food consumption will affect their sporting performance, but it now seems like there is a reason for academics to be hitting the (cook) books.

Eating the right foods for brain health

Recent studies have shown that eating the right foods can increase brain power by up to 20%! And while the brain accounts for just 2% of our body weight, it burns through 20% of the daily calories we consume.

The brain feeds on glucose, but too much glucose can cause us to feel sluggish due to a sudden spike in our blood sugar levels. To get around this, many diets recommend eating more frequent but smaller meals or sticking with low-gi wholegrains which release energy over a more gradual period of time.

The brain is also mostly composed of Fats, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to dive into the biggest, greasiest burger you can find. For your brain to function at its optimum capacity, you need to eat foods that are high in the right fats. This means trying to eat foods rich essential oils (like Omega 3) which are often found in fish, nuts and seeds.

If anyone in your household is studying, or desperate for a boost in productivity at work then it’s time to put the following foods on their plate.

Smashed avacado with eggs is great for brain health. A popular melbourne dish.

 

Avacadoes

There is a reason many Australian’s are sacrificing the dream of homeownership in favour of ‘smashed av’ on the weekends. Avocados are full of mono-unsaturated fats responsible for healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow has a big impact on the health of our hearts and brains.

Bananas

Bananas are high in potassium and glucose. The body uses glucose for energy, but if it gets too much we can become sluggish. Our brains work best with around 25 grams of glucose are in our bloodstream, conveniently the same amount of glucose as the average banana.

Berries

Berries are a great source of antioxidants. The darker the berry, the more antioxidants it contains. Antioxidants are important for increasing memory and motor skills.

Broccoli

The Vitamin K in Broccoli helps improve reasoning, imagination and recall of words.

Dark Chocolate

As well as being delicious, dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content will make you feel driven, pumped up and focused on the task at hand. This is because the cocoa in dark chocolate contains caffeine and is rich in antioxidants. 

Eggs

Chlorine is a fat-like B-vitamin that is found in egg yolks. The choline in eggs enhances memory and reaction time and supports energy levels, brain development and nerve function. Eggs also contain B12 and B6 vitamins, which help boost mood and reduce stress.

Fish

Fish, particularly mackerel, lake trout, herring, tuna and salmon are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which can improve memory, recall, reasoning and focus.

Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens are superfoods for your body. This is particularly true of spinach, which is high in folic acid, a nutrient that is essential for brain function. Spinach is also high in vitamin B6 which helps to improve short-term memory function.

Walnuts

Walnuts are an amazing source of Omega-3 fats. The brain is more than 60 percent structural fat and needs to be fed primarily by these omega 3 fats, and they are essential for encouraging new links between brain cells. Eating walnuts regularly also reduce the risk of dementia, according to a study by Dr. James Joseph of Tuft University in Boston. Is it just a coincidence that a walnut looks like a miniature brain?  

Whole grains

Brown rice and other whole grains help you stay alert for a longer period of time than refined grains like those found in white bread. Brown rice is an especially good ingredient to use in cooking because it is cheap, has a complex, nutty flavour and is high in magnesium (along with other vitamins) which has been shown to increase brain function.  

 

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