Cashews contain mood stabilising vitamins: B6, magnesium, niacin, and even tryptophan. While B6 helps with creating more serotonin (the happy chemical) in your body, magnesium works to make it easer for nutrients to enter body cells. It’s the synergy of these nutrients that helps with depression; researchers claim that if you eat two or more handfuls of cashews per day, you will get enough tryptophan to alter and elevate your mood.
Full disclosure: Chocolate is different from Cacao. Raw cacao contains polyphenols, which supports brain health and cognitive function. It also is full of Anandamide which is responsible for feelings of euphoria and improving mood. Similar to cashews, it contains tryptophan which is a natural anti-depressant. We use raw cacao nibs in our Tank Mocha, Health Nut Protein, Power Plant and Vanilla Coffee smoothies!
Mum always said to eat your spinach and there's a good reason why - Spinach contains B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, and L-tyrosine. These nutrients can help improve your memory and mental focus. One-half cup of cooked spinach contains one-third of the amount of folate and five times the amount of vitamin K you need in a day. Studies have shown that eating leafy vegetables like spinach once or twice a day can support brain health and may help to slow cognitive decline. Get your daily dose in our Gorilla Greens, Hemp Power, Rawsome Greens & Tropical Warrior smoothies!
We go bananas for bananas! High in potassium which improves the ability to pay attention and learn, Vitamin B6 which increases serotonin - a nutrients that calms the body, and tryptophan - an amino acid that regulates mood. This helps to boost your mood and also aids sleep. Because of its ability to raise serotonin levels, tryptophan has been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, such as insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes. The high antioxidant content of berries helps protect brain cells from damage by harmful free radicals, which are set loose within the body by the process of “oxidation.” berries also change the way the neurons in the brain communicate with each other. These changes can prevent inflammation that can lead to brain cell damage and thereby improve movement control and function. We use a whole range of fresh, organic berries throughout our entire menu, so get your daily berry goodness at Tank!