With anxiety and stress at its peak in an individual’s life due to various reasons, it results in diminished brain functioning. A constant supply of fuel is required for the brain, and it comes from the food one eats.
To overcome this decline in brain functioning, we need to rely on different alternatives to cope up anxiety/ stress or directly boosts brain power. Having food as an alternative could be the best technique to boost cognitive functioning.
The limbic system, in the temporal lobe, is responsible for the drives and emotions. Alongside amygdala and hypothalamus generates and regulates emotions. The hypothalamus controls the endocrine system responsible for hormone production and its release.
Certain neurotransmitters and hormones like serotonin, dopamine, GABA, epinephrine, norepinephrine, oxytocin, and progesterone are involved in regulating emotional responses.
Legumes, nuts, seeds – Rich in magnesium may help a person to feel calmer.
Herring, salmon, mackerel – Contain omega-3 fatty acid, which may help reduce anxiety.
Asparagus extract – Natural food with anti-anxiety properties.
Avocado and almonds – Containing B vitamins spur the release of as serotonin, and dopamine, thereby managing anxiety.
Antioxidants rich food for anxiety
Beans: Pinto, black, red kidney beans
Fruits: Prunes, sweet cherries, plums, strawberries, cranberries, blueberries
Nuts: Walnuts, pecans
Vegetables: Kale, spinach, broccoli
Turmeric and ginger: Contains curcumin which has anti-anxiety properties.
Foods that boost brain functioning
Greens leafy vegetables: With brain-friendly nutrients – carotenoids, and flavonoids.
Herring, salmon, mackerel: A rich source of omega-3 fatty acid like DHA boosts memory, and protect your brain.
Walnuts: As brain owes its outer appearance like a walnut, they are of utmost importance to promote brain functions.
Flaxseeds: Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat, helps relax blood vessels, blood moves freely through arteries, and to the brain.
Milk, soy protein: branched-chain amino acid cross the blood-brain barrier, and also help activate a part of the brain involved to regulate attention.
Mindful eating, coupled with these foods, enhance the functioning of the brain.
As rightly said, “A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”