Eat more fish. Eating fish regularly has been linked to a higher IQ, better sleep patterns and a whole host more benefits. If you are a vegetarian I suggest taking algae oil and plenty of seaweed to get those vital omega 3 fatty acids. (1)
A supplement is mainly known for its ability to increase strength and power. Creatine has been massively undersold. It turns out not only does creatine fuel our muscles, it helps fuel our brain. Multiple studies show creatine supplementation decreased levels of overall fatigue, improves memory and multitasking. If you want to take creatine, I recommend creapure, it’s world-renowned to be the purest and best quality micronized Creatine Monohydrate available. (2)
More than just a lovely drink, the history of coffee is fascinating: As writer Tom Standage put it, “The impact of coffee into Europe during the seventeenth century was particularly noticeable since the most common beverages of the time, even at breakfast, were weak ‘small beer’ and wine. Both were far safer than water, which was liable to be contaminated … Coffee … provided a new and safe alternative to alcoholic drinks. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol began the day alert and stimulated, rather than relaxed and mildly inebriated, and the quality and quantity of their work improved … Western Europe began to emerge from an alcoholic haze that had lasted for centuries.”
Coffee may be the main cause for the 18th century age enlightenment when intellectual and philosophical movement dominated the world.
- Caffeine in coffee may improve various aspects of brain function, including:
- Reaction time.
- General mental function.
So if you want a quick brain boost, try a good old cup of Joe.(3)
Commonly used in traditional Ayurveda and Chinese medicine and for good reason. Centella Asiatica has shown to help decrease anxiety, improve alertness, help develop calmness and amazingly increase would healing rates by 50% in animal studies.
Still quite unknown as this becomes more researched it might start to become more and more recommended. (4)
This is currently my favourite supplement. Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to have enough glycine in your diet unless you eat a lot of gelatin. So why do I love glycine? Well just 3 grams of glycine before bed helps people sleep deeper, feel more rested upon waking and be more alert and less fatigued during the day. On top of this glycine is extremely important for healthy joints and skin because we need glycine to create the collagen used for our ligaments, tendons and skin. It also helps improve blood sugar levels when taken before meals.
Since taking 5 grams before exercise my joints have definitely improved. Just Like how Leucine is the most essential amino acid for building muscle, glycine is the most essential amino acid for building strong connective tissue and healthy joints. (5)
On top of it’s benefits for heart health, reduced risk of diabetes, lowered risk of depression and ability to make us look good. Researchers have also found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. So go get your sweat on and know you’re not only building a better body, but also a better brain.(6)
Not just for Buddhist monks. The benefits of meditation are pretty astounding, from changing the structure of our brain to being more dense, thicker and healthier to decreasing anxiety, lowering stress and of course increasing focus and attention.