Although the stereotype of the starving artist is something we’ve all heard of, in order to produce work of any significant value (of course, there are exceptions), our brain needs fuel for the engine. In fact, brain cells rely on more food energy than any other cells in the body in order to function at its fullest.
If you’re in a creative slump and in need of a boost, here are four brain foods that will lend a helping hand…
1. Cold water fish
Fish from cold water regions are typically higher in Omega 3 fatty acids – one of the best brain foods around. By helping to build circuits in the brain, eating cold water fish such as salmon or mackerel will help you to create, concentrate and function at an optimum level.
2. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds come in all shapes but sizes and best of all – they’re packed with protein. By releasing glucose to the brain, nuts and seeds will help your brain to receive a steady flow of creative juice; some nuts even contain Omega 3 – a double whammy brain food.
3. Green tea
Okay, green tea isn’t technically a food, but it is something you can consume as a healthy brain booster. According to researchers at the University of Basel, there is evidence that green tea actually aids the cognitive functions (particularly the working memory). Drinking a cup of green tea with your breakfast in the morning will help get your creative juices flowing, but don’t drink too much throughout the day as it does contain caffeine.
Bingeing on blueberries is good for the brain – blueberries are tasty too. According to studies carried out by Tufts University, the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. It’s also a great antioxidant, so if you’re in a creative slump and thinking about buying brain foods, make sure you pick up a punnet of blueberries.
Hopefully these brain foods will get you firing on all cylinders, but remember to mix them up as it’s important to have a balanced diet. Eat way too much of these things on a daily basis and you could end up turning into a nutty green fish shaped blueberry!