7. Algae-based Omega-3
Of all the foods mentioned here, Omega-3 is the most important to include in your diet, because it's probably the hardest to get. This is especially true of DHA, which is the most beneficial Omega-3 fatty acid and makes up 10-15% of the fat in the brain.
DHA is a vital brain food that benefits brain health throughout life. From helping the brain to develop normally in infants, to improving cognition in adults and preventing neurodegenerative disease in later life .
Optimal Omega-3 intake has been linked with a whole spectrum of amazing benefits for the mind, including:
- Improved Neuro-plasticity
- Alleviating Symptoms of Anxiety
- Boosting Alertness and Banishing Brain Fog
- Reducing the Risk of Depression
- Delaying the Onset of Age-related Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
DHA is difficult to get in the modern diet. This is especially true if you're vegan or just don't eat much oily fish, as it's not found in fruits and vegetables. Although nuts and seeds do contain some Omega-3, they contain a form called ALA, which doesn't offer any significant benefits for the brain.
Algae is the only plant-based source of omega-3 DHA, but unfortunately, algae isn't the easiest thing to get into your diet!
The good news is, there's a convenient way to get a Omega-3 DHA without needing to eat fish...