Introduction to the Brain
Just like traditional athletes, eSports players who may seem to have cat like reflexes need to stay on top of their diet to allow themselves to be able to perform and compete at the highest possible calibre that they can.
The brain is the most complex biological structure known to us at this current moment in humanity. As well as any other internal organ, the brain has certain nutritional requirements for optimal performance:
Protein enriched food like Fish, Meat, nuts and supplements help to balance blood sugar and ensure a consistent flow of glucose to the brain. Tyrosine, an amino acid found in foods like this, are very closely related to the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, chemicals secreted from your brain that affect your moods and energy levels.
The brain is made up of water, fats and tissue, which means that it requires a steady supply of high-quality fatty acids to keep it processing at the right level to be able to get a quick double kill in DOTA 2. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, flax and various nut oils, are the best fats for brain maintenance.
Diets high in these fats may help prevent degenerative brain conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and decrease your risk for depression, according to The Franklin Institute for Science.
“Phosphatidylserine, a lipid molecule your body makes by combining fatty acids with phosphate, is an important component of cell membranes and is found in particularly high concentrations in the brain.”
Phosphatidylserine keeps cell membranes strong and flexible, helping to speed the transmission of nerve signals.
As boring as it sounds, water is one of the best sources of energy for the brain, ‘What do you mean Adel? it’s water!’ Well yes, you are correct, but we are made up of two-thirds water and dehydration is one of the biggest factors in fatigue, insomnia, bad digestion, headaches, sore eyes, migraines, and the list goes on. But it is as simple as topping up on 2 litres of water a day.
5 foods that will help you perform better
1. Oily fish
Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body which means that you have to eat them. The most effective omega-3 fats come in two forms of EPA and DHA. ‘Oily fish’ include salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, and kippers. Low DHA levels have been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
(Our Recommendations: ‘Princes Sandwich Tuna’ Seven Sea’s Joint Care Omega-3 Fish Oil Plus)
Blueberries boost concentration and memory for up to five hours because the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain according to countless studies by every University ever – and keep the mind fresh. Blueberries also contain a cocktail of antioxidants including anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol and tannins.
(Our Recommendations: ‘ASDA Chosen By You Blueberries’)
Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain, and avocados enhance the blood flow, offering a simple way to fire up brain cells. Avocados are also loaded with fiber *around 11 to 17 grams per avocado*.
(Our Recommendations: Tesco Medium Avocado’s ‘Ready to Eat’)
4. Dark chocolate
Chocolate (not the milky kind) can help you focus for a number of reasons. First, it contains a small amount of caffeine, magnesium, and it also stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin, which make you feel good and heighten your mood.
(Our Recommendations: Pascha Organic, fair trade, non-GMO dark chocolate.)
Nuts are great for your body in the long-term. Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less cognitive decline as you age, and you just need an ounce of them a day to get this benefit. They’re also rich in essential oils and amino acids that aid your focus.
(Our Recommendations:Blue Diamond Growers)