Nutrition is becoming more prevalent in esports—and for good reason—with professional teams employing nutritionists to help improve the performance and the health of their players. Nutrition is an excellent tool to maximize the success of eSport and improve the longevity of a player’s playing career. There has been no direct research on nutrition in sports, but it certainly has an impact on performance in the game. Poor nutrition has been shown to affect mental clarity, decision-making, motor skills and overall health. Healthy eating can improve mental health, energy levels, learning and concentration. So, to play at a higher level, you will need to consider the foods you put in your body.
Healthy food choices for players
Blueberries: blueberries are a superfood and one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world. They have high levels of gallic acid, which helps protect the brain against stress. The many nutrients in blueberries help the brain function and keep memory alive.
Avocados: this healthy fruit is rich in monosaturated fats, which are “good” fats. These fats and other nutrients in avocados, such as vitamin B and vitamin K, help improve cognitive function, especially memory and concentration.
Nuts: nuts are great sources of protein and healthy fats, and walnuts in particular have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. Nuts are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, including omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect the brain and the heart.
Extra virgin olive oil: many polyphenols in this oil can improve learning and memory. It is important to note that you should eat extra virgin olive oil cold or at room temperature with food, because it decomposes at higher temperatures.
Avoid junk food
The biggest problem with junk food is that it’s not the right food. It is made of artificial ingredients and has very little nutritional value. Nutritionists qualify as junk foods “empty calories” because they lack in essential nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium, to name a few.