Essential Nutrients for a High Performing Brain

At Neurogenika, we think giving your brain everything it needs to perform its best is one of the most crucial things you can do to help improve your wellbeing.

To keep your brain firing on all cylinders, epidemiological and clinical studies show that consuming vital nutrients aids superior cognitive function, and can protect you against cognitive impairments later in life.

The Neurogenic Diet focuses on providing essential brain foods, derived from the purest form - the foods themselves.

Vegetables are a great way to pack in essential vitamins and minerals within your diet, but what else can you supply your brain with to be on top of your game?

DHA

This omega-3 is found in high concentrations in fish and has a wonderful effect on your brain. Consuming more than 500mg of DHA a day has been proven to aid superior cognitive function. You can catch some DHA in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna.

Polyphenols

These powerful antioxidants are found in green vegetables, berries, tea, coffee and herbs. The consumption of polyphenols can combat damage to the brain caused by oxidative stress and neuroinflammation.

B Vitamins

Crucial to the metabolic process, all B Vitamins provide essential nutrients which aid a healthy brain, keeping it well maintained and improving cognitive function. Most of the B Vitamins (with the exception of B9) are found in animal products, so if you’re a vegetarian it may worth considering a supplement.

Choline

Similar to B Vitamins, choline supports energy and brain function and serves as a precursor for acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which plays a key role in learning, memory and attention. The benefits of consuming choline can be worthwhile in the long-term, having been shown to be an aid for Alzheimer’s Disease. Eggs are the top dietary source of choline.

Unsaturated fat

Not only is unsaturated fat neuroprotective, it’s also a superior source of energy compared to glucose. To consume all of the good vitamins we need for utmost brain function, such as vitamins A, E, K and D, you need fat in your diet to absorb them from your food. So, more unsaturated fats is the way to get the most out of your healthy lifestyle. Look for avocados, nuts and olive oil in the grocery store.

Vitamin E

This antioxidant protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. Consuming high amounts of vitamin E is associated with slowing down rates of cognitive ageing. Nuts are your number one source of this vital vitamin.

Amino Acids

Found in all protein-rich foods, and often marketed to athletes to aid strength and endurance, you can also supply your brain with amino acids for a similar effect. Make your brain stronger and more developed by consuming amino acids that enhance several neurotransmitters that are essential to enhancing your learning, memory, attention, focus and mood.

Creatine

Studies have shown that consuming creatine, whether dietary via animal products or through a supplement, resulted in improved performance on cognitive tests. Stereotyped as a “muscle drug,” creatine is actually produced in the body, and is involved in the process of energy production and transfer.

Vitamin K

Taking vitamin K supplements has proven results in aiding superior memory performance in a study of older adults. The K2 type is found primarily in eggs and organ meats - many people benefit from supplementing, particularly if they don’t eat these foods in large quantities.

Neurogenika supplements provide as much nutritional goodness as possible, but by incorporating these foods into your diet, you can benefit from further improved productivity, focus and creativity that comes with a healthy, happy brain.

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