The brain is the most energy-hungry organ in the body. Despite weighing just 1.5kg, it steals roughly 25% of the body’s energy requirements. Much like a performance car, the brain functions best when it runs on premium fuel, provided by the food we eat.
Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, phospholipids and plant antioxidants have all been demonstrated to support brain cell integrity and cognitive function.
In honour of our 15th birthday this month, we’ve selected 15 foods that may help support optimal brain health.
Provides DHA and EPA, types of omega-3 fatty acids essential for brain function
Increases the production and release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which plays an important role in learning and memory
Feed your gut microbes, creating short-chain fatty acids and important neurotransmitters
Provides B12 needed for methylation, a process involved in neurotransmitter production, and iron, needed for oxygen transport to the brain
Good vegan sources of omega-3
Excellent source of magnesium, a vital mineral that protects the brain against stress and aids relaxation in preparation for sleep
Support your microbiome, strengthening your gut/brain connection
Contains flavonols, which increase brain derived neurotrophic factor
High in folate, an important B vitamin needed for methylation, and fibre
Great source of phospholipids, a vital component of brain cell membranes, and choline, which the body uses to make acetylcholine
Rich sources of the antioxidant vitamin E
Helps combat free radicals that can damage brain cells
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and can cross the blood brain barrier
High in zinc, which helps regulate communication between brain cells
Rich source of antioxidants that help protect brain cells from damage