Good nutrition is important for proper brain development and maintenance of normal function. The brain needs a constant supply of micronutrients for brain cells to generate the energy they need to function, for the synthesis and action of crucial chemicals, and to maintain electrical signals between cells.
At rest, the brain receives approximately 15% of the blood pumped from your heart – that’s a lot! This is because your brain needs enough oxygen, glucose (sugar!) and other macronutrients/micronutrients to function. It may be surprising but nutrition has a key role in maintaining optimal blood supply to the brain. For instance, deficiencies in various micronutrients, especially the B vitamins, have adverse effects on brain function, and insufficiency of several dietary components increases the risk of developing a stroke – this is a pathological condition that is caused by impaired blood supply to the brain.
What's in the drink
Cocon t water
Packed with potassium, one of the most important minerals in your body that lowers blood pressure, which means lower risk of stroke.
Potassium is crucial for basic brain function. Memory loss, confusion, and high blood pressure, are common side effects in people with low potassium levels, as well as for those on diuretic medication which promotes potassium loss. You therefore need to ensure you get adequate potassium from your diet. How does potassium work? It lessens the effects of sodium (ie. salt!) causing you to urinate more sodium whilst promoting your blood vessels to widen (lower risk of stroke!) and increase blood flow to your brain.
Green gr pe
Great source of vitamin K1. K1? Yes, K1. It protects brain fats and your brain is 60% fat.
Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin which means it is stored in your fat – this means that, unlike water-soluble vitamins which are excreted in your urine before the end of the day if unused, your body can hold onto this vitamin for as long as it is needed. Vitamin K2 contributes to the production of myelin (this is a form of insulation covering your brain cells so they can communicate efficiently with other parts of your brain) and sphingolipids (fats essential for brain health) and protects against damaging molecules such as pro-oxidants. It is common to have low levels of this vitamin, and even taking antibiotics has been associated with having deficient levels!
Crammed with folate (a B vitamin). Folate deficiencies are linked to depression & dementia. Folate helps create new brain cells and produce natural happy chemicals.
Folate deficiency is common in people suffering from depression, perhaps owing to the fact that, with limited folate, your body cannot produce sufficient serotonin and dopamine – key brain chemicals involved in mood!
Contains catechins which are a type of antioxidant that improves blood flow, which means "drum roll" more nutrients and oxygen reaching your brain to improve memory.
The most abundant catechin (this is a bioactive compound) found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatchin-3-gallate, what a mouthful!). This compound has been shown to help relax arteries by stimulating the production of nitric oxide (also abundant in beetroot!). Your heart is then able to pump blood around your body more efficiently, improving blood flow!
Hello vitamin C! A powerful antioxidant that helps preserve brain function when taken with vitamin E (linseeds), and helps stop the green tea catechins degrading in your intestines.
The citric acid (also called vitamin C) in lemon helps increase the uptake of catechins from your intestines into your blood. It may be the fact that the acidity of citric acid has a stabilising effect on catechins so they are less susceptible to degradation in the neutral or slightly alkaline environment of your intestines.
Filled with vitamin E that maintains your brain fat levels, and also rammed with healthy fats that help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (like K1 and E).
Vitamin E is present as gamma-tocopherol which is an antioxidant that provides protection to cell proteins and fat from damage induced by oxidation!
This blue/green algae is packed with protein and B-vitamins, both essential for producing hormones like serotonin: important for mood, learning and memory.
The protein in spirulina contains all essential amino acids including tryptophan. The ability of your body to produce serotonin (a crucial hormone that affects mood, ability to sleep, and hunger) is dependent on tryptophan from your diet. For your body to absorb the tryptophan properly, it needs to be ingested alongside other nutrients including B vitamins and vitamin C (in our drink!) – a perfect example of why taking single-nutrient supplements isn’t always ideal! Ingest it as nature intended.