How can I optimise my brain function?

Your brain is your most important organ. Without adequate care for your brain productivity levels drop and physical health deteriorates.

How should I structure my diet to optimise my brain function?

A balanced diet and adequate hydration (see our article on hydration) is crucial in ensuring your brain is functioning at its highest possible level.  

An article from Harvard Health Blog sums up the importance of a proper diet through a great analogy- “like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel”. A constant supply of nutrients and vitamins is required to ensure your brain is functioning at its best. Antioxidants particularly are vital in maintaining your brain’s health. Your body and all its internal organs age through a process called oxidation. When your body uses oxygen, chemical species called free radicals are produced, which damage cells. Ingesting antioxidants can limit the damage caused to your cells (particularly your brain cells) and in turn slow down the process of ageing.

Part of bioniq’s supplement range are Omega 3 fatty acids, which may help to improve brain function.

More on our Omega 3 supplements can be found here.

How important is exercise in maintaining a healthy brain?

Research shows that exercise, in particular running, is a natural antidepressant and leads to increased hippocampal cell proliferation-literally meaning an increase in the number of cells in your brain’s hippocampus, the part of your brain that is responsible for learning and memory. Exercise in moderation and you will feel the positive impact this has on your mood and brain function.

How important is sleep?

We have talked previously about the overall importance of obtaining a good night’s sleep and tips to help you to do so- this segment will instead focus specifically on sleep’s role in your brain’s function-particularly memory.

Numerous studies have clearly shown that sleep improves memory. Perhaps most interesting is this study, which showed the astounding effect sleep has on long term memory in adolescents. Declarative memory (the memory involved in the recall of facts) increased by over 20% in the group that slept the night before as opposed to the group that didn’t.

We’ve all felt grumpy the morning after a poor night’s sleep. Well, there’s a reason. Research also shows that getting a good night’s sleep is associated with your brain’s ability to regulate its emotional activity.

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Alexandra Bougrova
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