25 August 2009
Foods That Make You Smarter
Here are some foods that will supercharge your brain:
Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day,
Blueberries are possibly the best brain food on earth: they have been linked to reduced risk for Alzheimer’s, shown to improve learning ability and motor skills in rats, and they are one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat.
Nuts contain plenty of vitamin E, which is essential to cognitive function.
Try sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or flax seeds. Seeds contain a lot of protein, beneficial fat, and vitamin E, as well as stress-fighting antioxidants and important brain-boosting minerals like magnesium.
Beans provide a steady, slow release of glucose to your brain -- which means energy all day without the sugar crash.
Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants, which are essential for a healthy brain.
You have to brew tea fresh or you won’t get the benefits of all those catechines (antioxidants) that boost your brain. Because tea has caffeine, don’t have more than 2-3 cups daily.
Chocolate has got brain-boosting compounds and it’s loaded with antioxidants
Garlic exerts a protective antioxidant effect on the brain.
Eggs contain protein and fat to provide energy to your brain for hours, and the selenium in organic eggs is proven to help your mood.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green, leafy vegetables are high in iron, and iron deficiency is linked to fatigue, poor mood, foggy thinking, and other cognition issues.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that is particularly good for your brain; it even helps prevent dementia. You have to cook tomatoes to get the lycopene.
Cacao nibs are among the top five most powerful brain foods.