7 Foods that Make You Smarter

Below are 7 of the best foods to increase your brain: power, efficiency, and memory:

1. Avocado

Avocado has monounsaturated fat that helps circulate blood better. This is important for optimal brain function and keeping nerve cells healthy. Each serving of avocado has a spectrum of 20 vitamins, this includes potassium ( Studies suggest this may help control blood pressure ) and lutein ( Which may help protect your eyes ).

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2. Blueberries

A Study found that eating about a cup of blueberries a day can improve memory in a few months. Blueberries hold anthocyanin compounds that protect brain neurons which are linked to memory. They are high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, these are safe for diabetics and do not spike blood sugar. Blueberries also have been linked to reduced risk for Alzheimer’s. Regular consumption will also increase learning ability.

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3. Dark Chocolate

Chocolate possesses brain-boosting compounds, it is filled with antioxidants and has the perfect amount of caffeine. Chocolate increases your serotonin levels so you will feel happy for a short while. Dark chocolate is rich in fiber. Fiber leads to a healthy cardiovascular system which results in a  healthy brain. Flavonol compounds found in dark chocolate helps to boost your circulatory system, giving way to a better blood flow to the brain. Harvard researchers even conducted a small study which suggests a link between dark chocolate and brain function

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4. Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids are fundamental for a healthy brain. These beneficial fats are linked to increased cognition and alertness, reduced risk of degenerative mental disease (an example would be dementia), better memory, improved mood, reduced anxiety and hyperactivity. Your body can’t make these essential fatty acids so it is important to get them from food. Tuna or Halibut, are also great alternatives for omega-3s.

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5. Eggs

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. Similar to anchovies, pastured eggs are full of brain-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Eating the yolk in pastured eggs are rich in choline, a brain-boosting compound that promotes neurotransmitter health.

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6. Nuts

Nuts contain plenty of vitamin E, which is fundamental to cognitive function. Nuts are also rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts, in particular, may help improve your productivity; they also contain vitamin B6, which helps make serotonin and norepinephrine, the chemicals that transmit signals in the brain.Nuts contain protein, high amounts of fiber, and they are rich in beneficial fats. They supply you with an immediate energy boost.

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7. Beans

The brain uses 20% of your carbohydrate intake and it prefers a consistent supply. Beans are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and protein, they are cheap too. Beans provide a steady, slow release of glucose to your brain – This means energy will be released all day without a crash. They contain a blend of complex carbohydrates and protein; this allows them to be digested slowly, which results in a stabilization in glucose levels.

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