TURN TO THE WHEEL

Men's Health (UK) - - 7/17 Your Summer Starts Here -

A plat­ter of parme­san can pro­vide a fast men­tal boost. Con­sider espresso usurped

The next time you need to take a se­ri­ous bite out of your to-do list, have some food for thought: what you eat af­fects not only how well your brain works, but the way it works, too. Heard it all be­fore? Well, be­fore you turn the page, bear in mind this is a lunchtime pre­scrip­tion free from green tea, blue­ber­ries and other usual sus­pects. In­stead, we’ll be serv­ing cheese and pickle.

Ac­cord­ing to Psy­cho­log­i­cal Re­search jour­nal, the amino acid ty­ro­sine has been demon­strated to pro­mote ‘con­ver­gent think­ing’ an hour after you’ve eaten. Un­like ‘di­ver­gent’ thought (tasks such as brain­storm­ing or tack­ling ope­nended prob­lems) con­ver­gent or ‘deep’ thought helps you solve dif­fi­cult is­sues with just one cor­rect an­swer. Which, in lay­man’s terms, means ‘ac­tu­ally get­ting stuff done’.

The study states that con­ver­gent thought re­quires more cog­ni­tive ‘top-down’ con­trol, which ty­ro­sine di­rectly fa­cil­i­tates. And with the best nat­u­ral sources of the nu­tri­ent in­clud­ing ro­mano, gruyère and parme­san, a plat­ter of cheese and crack­ers is stacked high with 9-5 ef­fi­ciency. Just try not to get chut­ney on your key­board.

WHEN PROB­LEMS ARE GRAT­ING ON YOU, TURN TO THE WHEEL

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