10 Foods and Supplements To Boost Your Brainpower

10 Foods and Supplements To Boost Your Brainpower

Brainpower, we all want more of it, but how do we get it? Books and TED talks? Sure, but nutrition plays a role, too.

What you eat affects how you feel and how you perform. If you’re lost in the brain fog, you’re not going to have your best ideas, and it’s not complicated, just take a look at item number one on our list. Here are our picks for 10 foods and supplements to help boost your brainpower.


Ok, technically not a food or a supplement, but we couldn’t make this list without including the most fundamental building block of life. If your brain feels sluggish, chances are that for starters, you’re not drinking enough water.

You don’t need to measure it out, just drink enough throughout the day so that you have to get up and pee once in awhile — you should get up and walk around regularly, anyway.

MyVitamins Omega-3 Super

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in supplement form, and in foods such as nuts, seeds and oily fish. They reduce your body’s inflammatory response, and help to take care of your heart and cardiovascular system more widely. All of this means more oxygenated blood to your brain, which equals more brainpower.


Blueberries, raspberries, cherries, they’re all rich with antioxidants, which can help to reduce the amount of harmful free radicals in your body. If you imagine your brain as a theatre performance, then free radicals are like messy kids, running up and down the aisles screaming and pouring ice-cream over the expensive seats.

Free radicals steal electrons from the stable molecules in your cells, damaging them in the process. Get rid of them and you’ll improve your brain function.

MyVitamins Essential Zinc & Magnesium

A real super duo, these two are. Great for balancing your energy levels and maintaining a healthy metabolism, take zinc and magnesium together before bed, and they’ll also help you to sleep.

Fruits and vegetables

In our post on natural sugars, we explained how the sugar in fruits and vegetables is packaged with other vitamins and minerals, making it a more slow-release form of energy than processed sugar. The steadier the release of energy to your brain, the better in the long-term.

Choose ripe fruit and vegetables with plenty of colour — dark, leafy greens are especially good sources of iron and calcium.

MyVitamins Complete Electrolytes

Electrolytes help to keep your nervous system firing as it should, and what runs your nervous system? Your brain! Take with water during and after exercise, or whenever you need a boost, and help to keep your brain running as it should.

Eggs and meat

A low-protein, high-carb diet can make you sluggish, so incorporating as much protein and healthy fat as possible is a great idea. Try Jamie Oliver’s recipe for quesadillas with guacamole for a delicious mixture of carbs, fat and protein.

Chia seeds

We recommend chia seeds for the same reason as above, they’re loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. We’ve given them their own special mention, though, because they’re great if you don’t like fish, or find the aftertaste of capsules a bit gross.

Chia seeds are also high in protein. Sprinkle them into granola, porridge or salads, or bake them into muffins and bread.


We finish as we started — not a food or a supplement, but just as important. Trying to boost your brainpower without moving the body your brain sits in, just won’t work. Get out there and do something!

MyVitamins Complete Sleep

Sleep and nutrition go hand-in-hand. It’s during sleep that your body repairs, and when your brain does its consolidating. Our sleep blend contain biotin, zinc and vitamin B6, to help you get more restful sleep. Never underestimate the power of naps, either. If you feel like you need it, take it.

Sophie Angell

Sophie Angell

Writer and expert

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