Poker players as a group are not the most physically active people in the world. The aim of this blog is to offer practical advice to the players who have to sit in a chair for hours and hours at a time.
It’s crucial to keep the mind and the body revitalised and allow yourself to perform to the best of your capabilities. Eating well and exercising have a real effect on your ability to make good decisions, the same decisions that translate into wins and losses at the poker table.
Top Brain Foods For Poker Players
1. Blueberries and Acai Berries
Purple coloured berries are known for their high content of antioxidants and vitamins. Acai Berries are unique to South Africa and they possess essential Omega-3 Fatty acids and protein. Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet, containing higher levels of antioxidants than any other fruit and have also been linked to improved vision, coordination and cognitive function!
Start eating blueberries and you won’t have to worry about making those costly multi-tabling mistakes again!
2. Coffee Beans
Not the best thing to recommend in some people’s opinion but coffee is actually underrated in the sense that it contains a great source of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals! It has also been proved that Caffeine is good for the brain if taken under proper moderation.
The ideal form of coffee, when speaking in terms of mental health and benefits, is pure Espresso. Drink without milk and sugar for best brain results. Coffee will help you stay sharp and on point with your leads!
3. Gyokuro Green Tea Powder or Matcha
One of the most purest and revered forms of tea in the world. The best thing about Matcha is that it’s basically a meal and drink at the same time. You have to consume the whole thing! It grows in the shade and has an abundance of nutrients and chlorophyll.
Its high concentrations of amino acid L-Theanine which have relaxing and calming effects. It has roughly 10 times the quantitative benefit of regular tea including greater amounts of antioxidants, catechins, vitamins such as C and A, even Fluoride and L-Theanine. Ran your Kings into Aces? Sit back and sip on your Matcha. Things will get better.
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4. Cacao Beans
Cacao beans are easy enough to consume. They’re basically the key ingredient in every chocolate bar! You need to get the bean naturally. You can find it either in high percentage (over 75%) dark chocolate or 100% organic non-alkalized cocoa powder.
Cacao is extremely rich in nutrients that enhance your brain power like antioxidants, flavonoids, catechins and theobromine. It’ll help in enhancing your cognitive functions, mood and bliss! Eating chocolate releases brain chemicals that will help you stay positive and optimistic, two very important traits at the poker table.
5. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon is super underrated. It’s extremely healthy and contains Essential Fatty Acids (like Omega-3), low in saturated fats, among the lowest contaminant (mercury) levels of all seafood. Salmons are linked with helping brain functions, mood, synaptic connections, and even reduces your risk of stroke, Dementia and Alzheimers.
Wild salmon is going to help keep you at the top of your game and taking down pots left, right and centre! Eat healthy and keep grinding because you won’t be getting good results for too long without either!