So you’ve heard the term “Superfoods” before, but paid no attention to what they are, what they do or what the benefits. Superfoods are simply nutrient-rich food that’s especially beneficial for health and general well-being.
It’s not just physical health that’s affected by what we eat, it’s our mental health too. When we talk about mental health we’re also talking about our brains ability to function at it’s full potential here in the now. Of course however, taking care of our brain now will have long-term benefits too. In 2017 a Research Article article was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that found people with higher levels of omega-3s (obtained from oily fish) had increased blood flow in the brain. The study also found a connection between omega-3 levels and improved cognition and/or thinking abilities, which are vital when making quick decisions in-game.
Fish is almost always top of the list when it comes to brain foods, and for good reasons. As discussed above, they are rich sources of omega-3s. Our brain is about 60% fat, half of which is omega-3, so fish for dinner will have huge benefits to your mental ability when playing.
Two of the best examples of oily/fatty fishes containing high levels of omega-3.
Absolutely one of my favourites on the list. Dark chocolate contains something called flavonoids which are an anti-oxidant. Flavonoids have been found to improve blood vessel and neuron growth in parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning. A typical 100g bar with about 75% cocoa will container about 11 grams of fiber, and of your recommended daily intake; 67% of Iron, 58% of magnesium, 89% of copper and 98% of manganese. It also contains potassium, phosphrus, zinc and selenium – all of which are good!
Most bars of dark chocolate are around ~100g (or about 3.5oz). This means you should consume dark chocolate in moderation as recommended by healthline.
Berries are one of the best foods you can snack on as a gamer. They pack tonnes of those flavonoids anti-oxidants we found in dark chocolate, and in a study from 2014 shows they have numerous benefits including:
Simply put, these little tasty gems will help you on your way to becoming a better competitive gamer. They improve your heart and having a healthy heart means having a healthier brain. Nuts improve cognition (your ability to make quick decisions effectively and your overall brain function). Nuts are packed with good stuff such as anti-oxidants and Vitamin E. So next time you’re loading into a game, have a bowl of nuts within arms reach for when you get peckish!
One of my absolute favourite reasons for eating eggs is that they’ve been linked to reducing depression. They improve your mood and state of mind which is crucial for when you go a few rounds down and need to remain positive. Multiple studies show that eating eggs are linked with better memory and mental health due to the fact eggs are packed with choline. Choline is responsible for creating neurotransmitters that help regulate mood and your memory.
So… if you want to give yourself every possible edge over your opponents in-game, look after your brain. There’s a bunch of foods that can make your brain healthier, so by including them into your daily habits and diet you’ll begin to boost your mood, memory and alertness both in and out of the game.