As someone who spends most of their day researching scientific papers on the power of nutrition, I have come to consider myself in-the-know when it comes to eating healthy.
Between researching why certain fruits help fight cancer to how eating fish can improve your mental health, I would like to think I know most of the ins and outs when it comes to food.
I’m asked time and time again, ‘does eating healthy really make a difference?’ and surprisingly, the answer is more complicated than you would think.
The Facts About Eating Healthy
There are many aspects of eating healthy that genuinely make a difference to our lives. One of the most important for those still studying at college and university is that eating the right foods can make a huge difference to your productivity.
Did you know some foods can actually make you smarter?
‘Brain foods’ are those that can specifically affect brain chemistry causing you to feel energized, lift your mood, improve memory and increase focus. Thus, making you perform better be it in a test or answering quick fire questions.
Why? It is down to the individual nutrients and the functions they do within the human body.
Some of the best nutrient for promoting brain power include:
|Fatty Acids||Omega 3 fatty acids, in particular, promote brain health and improve memory.|
|Glucose||The brain uses glucose (converted from the food we eat) as fuel which promotes focus |
and helps us to stay alert.
|Amino Acids||Certain amino acids (found in protein) are the building blocks of neurotransmitters in the brain which control mood, motivation, anxiety, learning and memory (source).|
|Antioxidants||Antioxidants fight free radicals we absorb from the sun and pollution outside and are important to help your brain stay healthy.|