The Top 3 Brain-Boosting Snacks
Every food manufacturer these days seems to offer a top ‘brain-boosting snack’ of some sort.
But should they be avoided? Well that depends upon what is in them, and what’s in them matters.
Modern research strongly suggests that the food we eat has a direct impact on the cognitive abilities of the brain, influencing both memory capacity and concentration levels.
So instead of eating a processed ‘brain-boosting’ cereal bar or gulping down jugs of coffee on your lunch break for a short-lived and frenzied burst of brain power, try increasing your intake of these healthy and office-friendly goodies for a long-term brain-boosting effect.
Healthy brain-boosting snack 1 – Plums, Berries and Grapes
For an easy, healthy brain-boosting snack, look no further than a small portion of any of these fruits.
Packed full of antioxidants, berries contain anthocyanin, a phytochemical that has been shown to have the potential to prevent the breakdown of brain cells and even reverse the effects of memory loss caused by natural aging.
Another phytochemical, quercetin, has similar effects and can be found in high doses of these three fruits.
For maximum effect, go for red apples, blueberries, and red, purple or black grapes.
These darker coloured fruits are loaded with both anthocyanin and quercetin – true superfoods! In a rush? Knock back a little packet of raisins.
They’re not quite as nutritious as fresh grapes but they’re much less likely to get squished on the way to work!
Healthy brain-boosting snack 2 – Peanuts
A great alternative to a bag of potato chips, peanuts make a great snack to stave off any hunger pangs in the afternoon.
Not only that, they are also an excellent source of choline, which is converted to citicoline in the brain.
Citicoline is found in almost all living cells and is vital for efficient brain functioning – recent studies suggest that a diet rich in citicoline will help boost mental efficacy and stamina.
Healthy brain-boosting snack 3 – Orange Juice
Good old OJ; the perfect brain-boosting breakfast accompaniment and also a great refreshment to keep handy in the staff-room fridge.
A great alternative to a can of soda, orange juice is very rich in folic acid; a naturally occurring substance which occurs in leguminous foods like lentils, green peas and soybeans, as well as vegetables like broccoli and kale.
If you don’t fancy bringing an entire garden into work though, opt for orange juice instead.
Fresh juice is such a great source of folic acid that regular consumption has been shown to produce better memory recollection and faster information processing, allowing you to stay on top of your game throughout the day.