The types of food we eat are a massive contributing factor to how quickly and effectively you can learn, develop, and grow – physically and mentally
There are numerous other foods which’ll help give you the extra edge – whether it’s a physical or mental aspect of yourself you’re trying to improve. While protein is going to be one of your best friends if you’re looking to improve your physical performance, it won’t do much in to help your brain. The following foods all have unique aspects to help accelerate your learning.
Blueberries provide numerous health benefits, including some that are specifically for your brain.
Blueberries and other deeply colored berries deliver anthocyanins, a group of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Antioxidants act against both oxidative stress and inflammation, conditions that may contribute to brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases (NCBI) 🗗.
Some of the antioxidants in blueberries have not only been found to accumulate in the brain and help improve communication between brain cells, but studies have shown that blueberries help improve memory and may even delay short-term memory loss (SFGate) 🗗.
Try sprinkling them on your breakfast cereal or adding them to a smoothie.
If coffee is the highlight of your morning, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s good for you.
Two main components in coffee — caffeine and antioxidants — help your brain.
The caffeine in coffee has a number of positive effects on the brain, including:
As is the case with coffee, the caffeine in green tea boosts brain function.
In fact, it has been found to improve alertness, performance, memory and focus (NCBI) 🗗.
But green tea also has other components that make it a brain-healthy beverage.
One of them is L-theanine, an amino acid that can cross the blood-brain barrier and increase the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, which helps reduce anxiety and makes you feel more relaxed.
L-theanine also increases the frequency of alpha waves in the brain, which helps you relax without making you feel tired. Alpha waves can also be increased by listening to them in music.
Green tea has been found to improve memory (NCBI) 🗗.
Lastly, green tea is also rich in polyphenols and antioxidants that may protect the brain from mental decline and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Several nutrients in nuts, such as healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin E, may explain their brain-health benefits
While all nuts are good for your brain, walnuts (BBC Good Food) 🗗 may have an extra edge, since they also deliver omega-3 fatty acids.