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Best Brain Foods That Will Make You Smarter and Fitter

by Martin M. Cooper
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Ten Natural Brain Boosters that Enhance Focus, Energy, Memory, and Energy

Our brains are amazing information processors. There is a shortage of information about how to keep our brains healthy as we age or how to improve our learning abilities. Natural brain boosters can be used to prevent cognitive decline and help improve memory, energy, focus, and other aspects of our brains.

While water and certain foods can be great for brain stimulation, dietary supplements may also prove beneficial. We’ll be covering a few here.

Nootropics or smart drugs are often used to refer to brain boosters. Some nootropics that I will be discussing in this article can also be used to treat mental disorders or illnesses.

Here are 10 brain-boosting natural ingredients that science recommends:

1. Water

Most people have heard that water accounts for up to 60% of human adult body. You may not have known that 73% of the brain, heart, and lungs are made up of water and 83% respectively. Do you believe your brain will function effectively if it is only 3/4 water?

There is a good chance that a person who has not been properly hydrated will not be able to perform at their best on the next math or physics exam.

Although 8 glasses of water is the most recommended amount, studies have shown that this may not be the best recommendation. Listen to your body and you will know when and how much water you should be drinking. Your brain and body have developed sophisticated methods to tell you when water is needed.

The brain will send signals to tell you when you are thirsty if there is a shortage of water. You can start to feel full once you feel it. Trust your body to take care of its brain health.

2. Fish/Krill Oil

Although I have mentioned krill oil, you can take any high-quality fish oil supplement to boost your brain power. Another example is Alaskan wild salmon oil. Supplementation is not the best option. I would recommend eating fish. Both can be beneficial.

Omega-3 fatty acid is a polyunsaturated fat that provides the majority of the brain and mental health benefits associated with fish oil.

Fish oil primarily contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids — EPA and DHA. These fatty acids are essential for brain development and normal brain function at all stages of life. The brain of a baby is shaped by EPA and DHA.

Numerous studies have shown that pregnant women who eat fish or use fish oil in high quantities are more likely to score higher on early childhood brain function and intelligence tests. These EPA/DHA fatty acid are essential for maintaining normal brain function throughout your life. They are found in the cell membranes and cells of brain cells. They preserve cell membrane health and facilitate communication between brain cells.

People with memory impairments, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments, may benefit from fish oil or fish consumption.

3. L-Glutamine

Glutamine is often referred to as a “non essential amino acid.” This can mislead people into thinking that they don’t require it. Simply put, the term “non-essential” refers to only how easily the body can make this amino acid. This does not necessarily mean that the substance is unimportant.

Glutamate is the substrate in the brain for both excitatory as well as inhibitory neurotransmitters. The nervous system also needs glutamine as a source of energy.

The brain reacts to a lack of glucose by increasing glutamine metabolism. This has made glutamine popular as a “brain food” and as an energy booster. Glutamin users often claim that they feel more energetic, less fatigued, and generally happier.

4. Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Hericium erinaceus, white round mushrooms, have shaggy, long spines that look a lot like a lion’s horn. You can eat them or take them as supplements. They may have a variety of health benefits including reduced inflammation, improved cognitive and heart health.

The antioxidants in lion’s mane may help to reduce inflammation and oxidation. Inflammation can lead to a variety of medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and other autoimmune diseases. A 2012 study compared the medicinal properties of 14 mushroom types. Researchers found that lion’s hair had the fourth highest antioxidant activity. They described it as moderate to high.

5. Turmeric & Curcumin

Turmeric is widely considered to be one of the best health and wellness supplements. Turmeric is known for its ability to improve the body’s antioxidant capacity and brain function. Recent studies have shown that curcumin is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. It may also be able to clear cognitive decline .

Curcumin increases Brain-Derived Nuclear Factor (BDNF), a growth hormone that functions in the brain. This is linked to improved brain function such as better memory and a lower chance of developing brain diseases. Curcumin is also known to prevent the development of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. This makes it one of the most effective brain boosters.

6. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a powerful remedy for depression and anxiety. Study has revealed that Ashwagandha blocks stress pathways in the brain of rats by regulating chemical signaling in their nervous systems. Numerous controlled human studies have demonstrated that it is effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress disorders.

A 60-day study of 64 people suffering from chronic stress found that the supplement group experienced a 69% reduction in anxiety and insomnia compared with the 11% who were in the placebo group. In another 2 months study, more than 80% of people who consume Ashwagandha reported a significant reduction in anxiety by comparing to 50% of the placebo group.

7. L-Theanine

L-Theanine, an amino acid found in green Tea, has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve brain function. This powerful ingredient can have calming and tranquilizing effects, while simultaneously increasing alertness.

L-Theanine is similar to the brain-signaling drug Glutamine and relieves anxiety. L-Theanine has the opposite effect on the brain. L-theanine, which binds to the same receptors in the brain as glutamate and blocks glutamate’s actions, is the brain’s most powerful excitatory neurotransmitter. L-theanine binds to the same brain cell receptors and blocks glutamate’s effects.

8. Resveratrol

Resveratrol (3,5,4′-trihydroxy-trans-stilbene) belongs to polyphenols’ stilbenoids group. This natural polyphenol can be detected in 70+ plant species, especially in grapes’ skin and seeds, as well as discrete amounts in red wines and other human foods.

Resveratrol plays a variety of neuroprotective functions in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other alcohol-induced neurodegenerative diseases. It has been demonstrated that resveratrol’s protective effects go beyond its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. They also improve mitochondrial function and biogenesis.

A meta-analysis discovered that resveratrol greatly reduced Profile of Mood States, including tiredness and vigor. It didn’t appear to have any effect on cognitive performance or memory. Resveratrol is a powerful treatment for neurodegeneration but it won’t likely have any direct cognitive performance benefits.

9. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP)

5-HTP works in the brain and central nerve system by increasing the amount of serotonin. The effects of serotonin on sleep, appetite and temperature as well as sexual behavior and pain sensation are all affected by the brain.

5-HTP is a brain booster because it increases serotonin synthesis. It can be used to treat and prevent many diseases including depression, insomnia, and obesity. Serotonin is thought to be a major factor in these conditions.

10. Caffeine

This is a simple one because most people are familiar with the substance’s effects. Caffeine has been shown to improve cognitive performance through improved focus and memory.

I would like to stipulate that overconsumption of caffeine can be quite detrimental to one’s overall health by overstimulating the nervous system and adrenal gland, which can lead to increased levels of stress.

Caffeine intake should be moderated. Do not exceed 300 mg (milligrams) per day. Realistically, you want to consume less than 200mg (about 2 cups of coffee).

The bottom line

If you are looking to give your brain some help, this list of memory boosters and brain boosters is a good place to start. You should try each of these substances individually and not in a combination. This will allow you to determine which one is most effective for you.

Whether you’re looking for increased focus, more energy, or or improved memory, these suggestions can help. These suggestions can help you make the most of your learning experience and boost your brain’s capabilities.

 

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