Author: Hollie Menzies

Nootropics – can you eat yourself smart?

Nootropics are supplements that in healthy individuals may improve cognitive function, particularly memory, creativity or motivation. But Nootropics can naturally be consumed in some foods and they are said to help maintain optimum brain health and even improve cognitive performance.

We've all heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ and it is proven that there is a direct link between eating a healthy balanced diet to physical and even emotional well-being. Introducing more of the foods below into your diet means that you might benefit from improved memory, focus, alertness and relaxation.

Dark Chocolate

Cocoa beans actually increase blood flow to the brain and can even trigger the production of new brain cells. It is one of the best sources of antioxidants and can lower your risk of heart disease.

Coffee

According to research Coffee consumption plays a protective role in risk for multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Caffeine has been shown to enhance cognitive performance in part by blocking the activity of adenosine, this neurotransmitter can reduce mental stamina and make you feel drowsy. However it is recommended to keep to 1 to 2 cups per day!

Chia Seeds

These little seeds are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, they have very few calories and are high in protein. They actually contain more omega 3s than Salmon, which can improve brain function.

Blueberries

Containing Anthocyanin, an antioxidant that actually prevents the brain from aging. Anthocyanin is linked to improved memory and cognitive function, studies have also shown that this superfood can reduce symptoms of depression.

Turmeric

Frequently used in medicine, turmeric possesses incredible nootropic benefits. This member of the ginger family stimulates neurogenic cellular creation, and is used in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and strokes.

 

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