Superfoods That Boost Your Mental Health
Are you looking for tasty and nourishing ways to support your mental health? Look no further, as superfoods are the solution you’ve been looking for!
You see, what you eat greatly impacts your mood, mental clarity, and overall well-being. Superfoods, including the mighty blue-green algae known as organic Wild Microalgae®, in particular, can go a long way to boost your mental health.
Don’t believe us? Let us explain.
The Connection Between Organic Wild Microalgae and Mental Health
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, also known as AFA or organic Wild Microalgae, is one of Earth’s First Foods™ because it does a lot more than release oxygen into the air—it also provides nearly all of the essential nutrients that we as humans need to feel our best. This rare type of blue-green algae has been in existence for over 3.5 billion years, and today, there is only one place in the world where it grows in abundance—Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon.
Why is organic Wild Microalgae considered a superfood? The simple answer is that it’s a near-perfect food. It contains all 20 standard amino acids, 13 different vitamins, over 60 trace minerals, both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (in an ideal ratio), powerful phytopigments antioxidants, and much more. Because of its impressive nutrient profile, organic Wild Microalgae offers a variety of benefits for your mental and physical health. So what are some of these benefits? Here’s a quick overview.
AFA and Mental Health
AFA contains a compound known as phenylethylamine (PEA). This small molecule is often called a “feel-good” chemical because of the profound impact it can have on your mind. Because of its size, this naturally occurring chemical can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier where it can amplify the activity of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin to contribute to feelings of happiness and well-being. PEA has also been found to promote emotions like love, increased focus, and improved mental activity.
Additionally, many of the nutrients found in this superfood, such as amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, are particularly important for supporting the health and functioning of your brain. And as we all know, a healthy brain is a vital part of both physical and mental health.
AFA and Physical Health
In addition to providing your brain with PEA and other important nutrients, organic Wild Microalgae also provides the rest of your body with an abundance of other vital nutrients, which allows this amazing food to support your physical health in a variety of ways, such as:
- Supporting immune function
- Boosting gut health
- Helping with the absorption and assimilation of nutrients
- Supporting cardiovascular health
- Promoting healthy aging
- And much more!
Other Superfoods For Optimum Mental Health
Organic Wild Microalgae is a powerful superfood, but it isn’t the only one out there that can help nourish your brain and support your mental health. And since variety is the spice of life, here are a few more of our favorite brain-boosting superfoods.
You may be wondering why fermented foods are included in this list. We get it. These probiotic-rich foods are most commonly known for supporting gut health, and that’s exactly why they are great for mental health, too. Thanks to the gut-brain axis, foods that nourish and support your gut also promote a healthy, happy brain! This happens in a variety of ways, but the most prominent benefit of consuming these gut-supporting foods is that they have been found to help reduce feelings of stress, which is a great thing for mental health! Some examples of fermented foods include kimchi, yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha.
Chocolate or Cacao
Cacao is the main component of the lovely bars of chocolate that we enjoy from time to time, and we’ve all heard that dark chocolate in particular contains a few components that may offer us some health benefits. While many of us have indulged in this sweet treat during times when we are feeling down, we likely did so without realizing that the chocolate itself may play a role in actually helping us pull out of the mental slump we are in. For starters, some researchers have found that dark chocolate can help lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol within our bodies. Additionally, chocolate also contains a variety of brain and mood-boosting compounds, such as theobromine, caffeine, and PEA that can help increase your alertness and boost your mood. Of course, the benefits we receive from chocolate can vary greatly, which is why sticking to dark chocolate—which has been through as little processing as possible—is usually your best option.
As you have noticed so far, natural foods are almost always the way to go if you want to use your diet to support your mental health. Berries are known to contain important nutrients and powerful antioxidants that your body needs for a variety of reasons. Not only do these nutrients nourish your brain, but the antioxidants work hard to fight off free radicals, which are known to cause oxidative stress throughout every part of your body. By neutralizing free radicals, the antioxidants found in berries help to support memory and cognition. On top of that, researchers have found that people who regularly include fruit in their diet tend to report more positive mental well-being, which suggests that these sweet, juicy fruits make a great addition to your diet.
Aside from providing the much-needed fiber to keep your digestive system healthy, leafy greens are also great for supporting mental health. This is because they are rich in a variety of nutrients, including folic acid, which is a B vitamin. Deficiencies in folic acid and other B vitamins have been linked to signs of poor mental health, such as insomnia, fatigue, and feeling depressed. Needless to say, ensuring you are getting enough folic acid from your diet is a great way to help care for your mental health, and leafy greens like spinach and kale are a great way to do that.
There are many cultures around the world that include fish as a staple in their diets, and in many of those countries, poor mental health tends to be less common. Because of this, researchers have been looking into the connection between fish and mental health. What they have found is that fatty fish in particular, such as salmon or mackerel, contain omega-3 fatty acids. This particular type of essential fatty acid is of the utmost importance when it comes to nourishing your brain, which is likely why ingesting it in the form of fatty fish or omega-3 supplements have been linked to improved mental health, particularly when it comes to things like feelings of anxiety and depression as well as memory and cognitive function. While including fish in your diet is one of the best ways to get omega-3s, we recognize that there are vegetarians and vegans among us. If that is you, then some great alternative options are walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and organic Wild Microalgae.
Easy Superfood Recipes You Can Try
It’s one thing to have a list of superfoods that you want to add to your diet, but it’s another thing to know how to go about incorporating them into your meal rotation. We get it, and we want to help you get started with three of our favorite brain-boosting superfood recipes for you to try.
Blue-Green Algae Smoothie
Smoothie recipes are simple, delicious, and always a hit! If you already have a favorite smoothie recipe, you can make it even more brain-nourishing by simply adding a little AFA powder to it. If you’re looking for a new recipe to try, we recommend this one:
- ⅓ cup kale
- ⅓ cup spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 date
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 emptied capsules of Mind from New Earth
To make: Simply put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Then pour it into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Chocolate Berry Breakfast Bowl
Start your day right with a breakfast that nourishes your body and mind with this chocolate berry breakfast bowl. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 4 tbsp seeds of your choice (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, etc)
- 2 ¼ cups milk of your choice
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Coconut flakes, dark chocolate, blueberries, and Wild Algae Blend for topping
To make: In a pot, add in your seeds, oats, berries, milk, and syrup, and bring to a gentle boil until you attain your desired thickness. Pour into a bowl and as it cools you can add your toppings. Then grab a spoon, and enjoy.
Salmon and Leafy Greens Stir Fry
This dish from Mad Creations is one we love, and it can be made for lunch or dinner! To prepare this delicious meal, you’ll need:
- Salmon filetsfillets
- Bell peppers
- Kale or spinach
- Green onions
- Sesame seeds
- Red pepper flakes
- Olive oil
- Rice wine vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Sesame oil
To make: Mix up the sauce ingredients and set aside. In a pan or wok, put in your olive oil and add your salmon filetsfillets to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then set aside. Next, add the mixed sauce to make a soup to which you will add the other ingredients to cook. After a while, add in the salmon, and mix everything together. Serve and top with green onion, pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and some lime wedges.
Support Your Mental Health with Superfoods
From the nearly perfect nutritional profile of organic Wild Microalgae to the mood-enhancing properties of dark chocolate, the mental benefits of these superfoods are truly remarkable. So go ahead. Put one of the delicious recipes to the test or get inspired with your own superfood-inspired creations, and get to work nourishing your mind and body with these incredible gifts from nature.
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