Our 3 Favourite Brain Boosting Foods

Our 3 Favourite Brain Boosting Foods

Try to add these into your regular recipes, or enjoy our meal plans and promote productivity, memory, and focus!

1. Dark Leafy Greens

Think kale, spinach, or swiss chard. These leafy greens are rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and K. Research on Vitamin E shows a link to cognitive benefits. Studies have shown effects of dietary Vitamin E on lowering the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Evidence showed that this was seen, especially when paired with Vitamin C, which is also sourced in dark leafy greens. In a study involving rats, Vitamin K was found to preserve cognitive functioning, but further research is needed to see if this finding translates to human studies. Dark leafy greens are also rich in fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome. This is important as the gut-brain axis explains a strong link between gut health and mental health. Folate, also found in leafy greens, is involved in proper cognitive functioning, mood, and ageing. All our lunches will have leafy greens, so you’ll get your serving with us.

2. Berries

Berries are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which can have a neuroprotective effect on the brain. They provide fibre which promotes positive gut health and therefore a support for mental health. Folate, found highest in blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries, is involved in proper cognitive functioning, mood, and ageing. Berries contain the phytochemical Anthocyanin, which protect against cancer and boost cognition! Add berries to your breakfast, frozen berries to your smoothies, and sprinkle some into your salads! We love using fresh, frozen, and dried berries at Eat by Alex for a sweet touch and nutrition boost.

3. Turmeric

Studies are finding that curcumin (the major compound in turmeric) is linked to improved memory and mood. It may also have an effect on treating anxiety and depression. Having a boost of turmeric every day is beneficial for health, and an easy way to do so is through switching your morning coffee or tea, to a turmeric latte. Turmeric needs to be paired with black pepper for full bioavailability (don’t worry we’ve got you covered with our golden latte mix). Another way to eat more turmeric is to sprinkle it on roasted veggies, or blend into soups, smoothies, or juices. You’ll find turmeric in recipes for all our 6 different meals at Eat by Alex! 

Other honourable mentions are nuts, and fermented foods. We hope that by eating a diverse diet of nutritious plant-based foods, and by implementing some of these brain boosting nutrients you will enjoy strong mental health, focus, and memory throughout life. 


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