Our brain is part of our body as a finely-tuned, hard-working powerhouse. It uses up more energy than any other organ in the body and because of this high energy-demand, the food we consume has a great effect on its function. Here’s a list of things you can munch on to help your brain.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
Brahmi is an important herb used in Indian Medicine as a neurological tonic with many benefits like enhancing memory, significantly improving learning rates and reducing anxiety.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
Another traditional Indian herb is Gotu Kola, which is just making itself a name for helping with weight loss in the Western World. Historically however it has been used for much more, like helping with mental fatigue and to enhance mental function.
Ashwaghandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwaghandha, or Indian Ginseng, is one of the most powerful herbs of traditional Indian Medicine, known for its potent protective effects on the nervous system. It helps the whole body to cope better with stress and charges your brain on learning, memory and reaction time.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Is most often used as a spice in the western world but has a long tradition in Chinese and Indian Medicine. The active ingredient, Curcumin, is very well studied and capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier which allows it to act as powerful neuroprotective agent as well as promoting brain health in general.
Peppermint has a long list of benefits for the human body and just smelling some peppermint essential oil can enhance memory and increase alertness as well as relieve tension and migraine headaches.
You think it’s just a fruit but emerging research suggests that the flavonoids in blueberries may improve memory, learning and general cognitive function, including reasoning skills, decision making, verbal comprehension and numerical ability.
I bet you’ve heard the good news: dark chocolate (not the sugary kind) is actually good for you! It’s one of the best sources of antioxidants, charges the blood flow to your brain and contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine without keeping you awake all night.