While there is no food to make your brain function like a well-oiled machine all day, there are some that have benefits such as added energy. This increase in energy can be the kick your brain needs to stay on task and work harder and smarter.
1. Vegetables – The Greener The Better.
Vegetables make great daily snacks, not only for your waistline but also for your energy. Not all vegetables are created equal, so look for the ones with the most chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is what makes plants green. It is also a great tool for getting oxygen into your blood, providing our cells with a good source of energy, which is great for brain function. Here are some good-for-your-brain greens: kale, Swiss chard, wheat-grass, and arugula.
2. Don’t Be Afraid Of Carbohydrates.
A lot of stories recommend ditching the carbs, but in the process you’re losing some serious brain support fuel. You can have carbs as long as they are the right ones. Think complex carbs – steel-cut oats, sweet potatoes, and whole wheat bread. These carbs give you glucose energy but have a low glycemic index (GI) – the rate at which food sugar enters cells.
3. Give Bee Pollen A Try.
Bee pollen is very high in B vitamins and all amino acids. This is important because these substances are big energy creators. They increase your red blood cell count, which, in turn, increases oxygenated blood.
4. Don’t Forget Fatty Acids.
DHA Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish – salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and trout) and brain function go hand in hand. DHA is not something we naturally create in our bodies, but adding it through our diet can support vital brain function like memory. In addition to fish, DHA can be found in seeds such as flax, chia, and hemp.
5. Indulge In Chocolate.
Before your chocolate bar becomes a sweet treat it starts as cacao (the raw bean form). This natural bean is packed with brain powering magnesium and phenylethylamine compounds (PEA) that stimulate the central nervous system. This all adds up to more focus! Cacao also contains flavonoids – antioxidants that are good for your brain.