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Foods that can benefit the gut-brain axis


Foods that can benefit the gut-brain axis


There are groups of foods which are specifically beneficial for the gut-brain axis. Let’s see which ones. 

  • Omega-3 fats: These fats are found in oily fish and also in high quantities in the human brain. They can increase good bacteria in the gut and reduce risk of brain disorders. 
  • Fermented foods: Yoghourt, kefir, sauerkraut and cheese all contain healthy microbes such as lactic acid bacteria. 
  • High-fibre foods: Whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables all contain prebiotic fibres that are good for your gut bacteria. Prebiotics can reduce stress hormones in humans.
  • Polyphenol-rich foods: Cocoa, green tea, olive oil and coffee all contain polyphenols, which are plant chemicals that are digested by your gut bacteria. Polyphenols increase healthy gut bacteria and may improve cognition.
  • Tryptophan-rich foods: Tryptophan is an amino acid that is converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin. Foods that are high in tryptophan include turkey, eggs and cheese.

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