by Linda Jaffier (United Kingdom)
Can you share some good recipes for stress and memory boosters? I work as a social worker and this is a very stressful area. I am also very pleased with the recipes for other health conditions that you provide on your site. Good work!
This is a good question. There is no particular vegetables or fruits alone that I have found evidence for that improves memory.
However, a diet that is high in vegetables has been shown to improve memory when compared to diets with low vegetable content.
If you are experiencing stress due to a work environment, you want to increase your potassium intake.
There are herbs that will help with memory. Ginkgo leaves that are dehydrated and used as tea increase oxygen to the brain and therefore help with memory and mental processes. Green tea also helps regulate blood sugar.
Spikes in insulin wreak havoc on memory and the ability to think clearly. You see, glucose is the fuel of the brain. If insulin is spiking, it will plunge and take all glucose out of the blood supply thus leaving your brain without fuel.
Don’t go for more than 3 hours without eating something. Stay away from sugary foods, sleep early, get light aerobic exercises to increase oxygen usage by your body. Go for a walk in the middle of the day. I really mean it, go outside, get into open space and look around. Taking breaks can change the experience of a day completely.
Vitamin B1 also gets depleted very quickly when there is a lot of concentration or heavy mental activity. Taking about 500 mg of B1 when you are having to do a lot of mental work will make you experience a mental relaxation and focus.
L-Tyrosine is also a supplement that is great for stress. It is an amino acid that is part of the process of metabolizing proteins. It can increase focus and mental recovery. In tests it was shown that its effects are noticeable only under stress. Without stress there is little noticeable effect when increased.
Omega-3 is another often overlooked supplement. It is a healing Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) that helps with brain development and maintain brain health. There are a few options you could go for, please see below for some suggestions on Omega-3.
I hope that helps.