The nutrients we get from the foods we eat all play different roles in the function and maintenance of our body. Different nutrients target different areas, such as muscle production, immune health and energy production, whilst others work to support specific organs.
Your brain is arguably the most important organ of your body and supporting it through a healthy and balanced diet will help ensure it continues to work at its optimal level!
The following foods are ones you can consider putting in your shopping trolley as they all work to boost brain function by improving memory, alertness, cognitive function, mood and will even help reduce the risk of certain neurological diseases.
Fish - Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are both types of omega 3 fatty acids. They are essential nutrients that are readily available, and easy to digest when gained from oily fish such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel. These essential fatty acids contain anti-inflammatory substances as well as playing an important role in supporting your brain’s cognitive and behavioural function.
Nuts & Seeds - Nuts and seeds contain a variety of nutrients, including EPA , DHA, vitamin E and zinc. These work to support brain function by reducing memory loss and supporting cognitive functions such as decision making.
Blueberries - Blueberries have often been praised as ‘Brain’s best friend’. With studies showing that blueberries work to protect the brain from oxidative stress as well as help prevent certain age related diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.
Green Leafy Veggies - These veggies are packed full of nutrients including antioxidants that help protect your brain from toxic free radicals. They are also rich in iron, which is essential to brain function. Did you know that approximately 10% of women aged 16-46 are iron deficient? Having iron deficiency, or iron anaemia, can cause reduced attention, decreased memory, and also your ability to learn. Don’t worry though, getting your iron levels back up will help restore these functions. A great way of doing this is making sure you have lots of dark leafy greens in your diet, such as parsley, kale and spinach.
Green Tea - The caffeine found in green tea works to support brain function by enhancing focus, memory and even your mood! It is also rich in antioxidants and will help boost your metabolism!