Food is fuel for our bodies. What we eat helps to power us and keep us moving and functioning. What we eat dictates a lot about how we feel. For example, if our diet consists of a lot of simple carbs, greasy foods, and processed snacks, odds are good that we are going to feel sluggish and tired.
However, on the other hand, if we focus on clean eating and choosing healthy foods such as fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean meats, we are going to feel those positive effects instead.
Additionally, you will want to zero in on foods that have nootropics benefits. We have compiled a list of particular foods that are geared towards bolstering your brain function and cognitive health. Keep reading to learn more!
Right out of the gate, this is a favorite on the list because not only is it healthy, but it also tastes delicious! Cinnamon is a very common spice that can be found on the inner bark of trees within trees from the Cinnamomum genus. It has been used in cooking and baking for several centuries, enhancing the flavor of our favorite dishes. Not only that, but it has also been utilized as a traditional medicine to help treat stomach aches.
That being said, did you also know that it has nootropic benefits as well? Cinnamon may actually also help with memory retention. In one study conducted, researchers found that cinnamon actually helped to improve the memory of rats. While more human trials are needed, keep an eye out for more information regarding cinnamon and memory improvement.
Whenever you hear talk about a healthy diet, eggs are always on the list of approved superfoods. They are healthy all the way around and packed with protein, loaded up with vitamins and minerals, all while having absolutely no carbs!
On top of all of this, eggs also come with some nootropics benefits. One of the nutrients found in eggs is called choline. Choline is what the body uses to make acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter that is essential for memory and learning. Just one single egg has 60% of the recommended daily amount of choline you need to maintain proper brain function. That’s impressive!
Eggs are also a great source of the following vitamins and minerals, all of which play a key role in cognitive development and health:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
Tomorrow morning, don’t skip out on having eggs for breakfast! Make eggs and our STACKS nootropics a part of your morning routine for a true recipe for success.
Blueberries are the textbook definition of a ‘superfood’. This blue little fruit shouldn’t be underestimated, as it comes loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients. In fact, over the past few years, blueberries have been gaining traction due to their ability to help improve memory and prevent cognitive decline.
In 2012, a study conducted showed that people who included blueberries and strawberries into their diet on a regular basis exhibited slower rates of cognitive decline. In a second study conducted on rats, it was found that the rats who had age-related cognitive decline actually had some of the effects reversed thanks to the help of the antioxidants found in blueberries.
By adding blueberries, and other berries, to your diet, you should see an improvement in your memory and brain health. Add a few to your oatmeal each morning or blend them into a healthy fruit smoothie and enjoy!
4.) Dark Chocolate
Here is another favorite on the list: dark chocolate. Americans have a sweet tooth and opting for dark chocolate could be a healthy alternative to curb these cravings. But did you know that it also has some nootropics benefits?
Dark chocolate is made from cocoa butter, cocoa solids, and sugar. It also contains two methylxanthines: caffeine and theobromine. Everyone knows that caffeine has nootropic benefits, as it helps to bring our brains to a state of wakefulness and alertness we need to tackle the day. It is also abundant in powerful antioxidants!
Unfortunately, you can’t eat dark chocolate for every single meal. But if you’re looking for a treat to indulge in that still has nootropics benefits, then grab a dark chocolate bar or enjoy a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream.
5.) Green Tea
Tea has been around for centuries and is well known for its medicinal properties. Green tea, however, is especially growing in popularity thanks to its brain boosting qualities.
Unlike other teas, green tea does not go through an oxidation process. This is why it stays green rather than darkening or changing color. Not only is it an excellent source of caffeine, it also contains L-Theanine, which is one of the key ingredients we include into our STACKS products.
Green tea isn’t just good for its nootropics benefits, however. It has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidative, and neuroprotective potential as well. So throw on the kettle and steep some green tea for a little brain boost!
6.) Salmon and Fatty Fish
There are few meats out there that are as healthy as salmon and other fatty fish, such as sardines and mackerel. They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that are known to have a variety of health benefits.
In a study conducted back in 2011, researchers took a closer look at how omega-3 was able to help otherwise healthy medical students with anxiety and anti-inflammation. In another study, children with ADHD were given omega-3 to help improve the symptoms of their disorder.
If you aren’t a fan of fish, or perhaps you don’t eat meat, you can always give fish oil pills a try! These are over the counter and can be purchased at any supermarket or pharmacy.
The idea that you are what you eat isn’t just a common saying: it’s the truth. If you find yourself struggling with memory, anxiety, depression, and other similar issues, try switching up your diet. On top of that, add STACKS to your daily routine and you should be well on your way to a healthier and happier you!