In case you are preparing for a difficult exam or just want to improve your brain function, you don’t have to take lecithin. Scientists have shown that this wonderful substance doesn’t work for everybody and in order for it to work, you have to be active, eat and sleep well, which, if you think about it, already makes you smarter, so you can’t really credit lecithin for your wit.
However, you can and should increase your memory capacity, brain functionality and so on and the good news is that all you have to do is include these 15 super foods in your daily meals. Let’s find out together which the foods that make us smarter are.
Few people know that avocado is actually rich in fats and proteins and tend to consider it a light snack, which is really not the case. First of all, the good thing about avocado is that you don’t have to buy it organic: conventional is just fine. You can use this beneficial fruit to prepare tasty omelets or fresh juices.
However, if you’re on a diet or your body weight doesn’t allow you to eat fatty foods, you should drop the omelet idea. Both eggs and avocados are beneficial for your brain cells and help you think clearer, but when combined, they turn into a caloric bomb.
Rich in fiber and low on sugar, blueberries are excellent for diabetics, but also help your brain activity. There is nothing bad about blueberries, so stocking up on them is a great idea! Plus, scientists believe that these sour berries can lower the risk of Alzheimer, provide the daily amount of vitamin C and boost your energy. Although there are many people who cook and sweeten them, this is something you shouldn’t do.
Cooking destroys all the important ingredients in fruits and vegetables, while sweetened berries totally defeat the purpose. Our advice is to prepare a blueberry smoothie and drink it daily: you only need a handful of fresh berries and a glass of milk or yogurt. Mix the ingredients together using a blender and you’re good to go!
3. Wild Salmon
A very important ingredient for your brain is Omega-3 fatty acids that you can find in salmon. Unlike other fats, these ones lower the risk of mental illnesses, Alzheimer, improve memory and overall stamina. Don’t eat it raw, fry it 3 minutes on every side, and add fresh vegetables and a blueberry smoothie and you got yourself a delicious meal.
However, you really have to be careful about which kind of salmon you’re going for: since the California salmon stock is threatened by a sea lice infestation, it’s best to go for the wild Alaskan salmon.
Need protein, fiber and beneficial fats? We’ve got it all in just one ingredient: nuts. If you’re trying to avoid carbs, you may want to avoid macadamia nuts. Also, peanuts are under no circumstances good for you: low in proteins and active ingredients, all they do is make you gain weight due to the fact that they’re difficult to digest.
So your best options here are: pistachio and walnuts. Instead of eating chips and popcorn next time you watch a movie at home, try these lovely ingredients and your body will be a lot happier.
And when we say seeds, we mean sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds and pumpkin seeds (which can be used as a salad dressing, instead of mayo or conventional dressing you usually purchase from the local store). They are very good for your brain thanks to their active compounds: protein, vitamin E, antioxidants and magnesium.
Our advice is to look for organic seeds and don’t overcook them: except for meat, all fruits and vegetables are way more effective when consumed raw.
Not only that the fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids in oatmeal help your brain, but also your cardiovascular activity. Most people read articles like this and think: “Great! But how to prepare the oatmeal? What do I do with it?” You can’t eat it raw especially since its composition is a lot like flour. Try boiling it until you obtain a thick paste, add blueberries and eat it in the morning to boost your energy and enhance the green cells activity.
One thing you really shouldn’t do is buy already packed sugary oatmeal packs from the supermarket. Again, try finding a trusted provider in your area for that purpose.
Pomegranates are a lot like blueberries in terms of active ingredients, antioxidants, and vitamin C. also, you should always choose the whole fruit and not the juice alone, because those tiny bits of pulp contain all the ingredients your brain needs in order to function properly.
After eating pomegranate, you will notice a few very quick effects: stress release, optimism, more energy and the ability to think clearer. Although pomegranate is less effective than blueberries, it kicks in a lot faster.
8. Brown Rice
Low in sugars and high in proteins, brown rice is a great ingredient for those who like carbs. Its benefits are numerous: brown rice can help your cardiovascular activity and therefore brain functionality, your blood flow and your digestive system. As long as you don’t buy it pre-packaged, you can’t go wrong with brown rice.
It may taste less sweet than white rice, but that’s actually what makes it so great. Most people don’t realize that not all beneficial substances taste in a certain way: some of them don’t taste like anything, but do wonders for our body!
You are going to love this one, we promise! Aside from the fact that it contains sugar and sugar is what your brain actually feeds on, the cocoa is rich in antioxidants and caffeine which increase your serotonin level, which means you’ll immediately feel a lot happier. You may want to choose dark chocolate (70-80% cocoa), because it’s rich in fiber. However, don’t eat too much or you’ll lose your appetite: one or two squares per day should be enough!
10. Olive Oil
One mistake people make when choosing beneficial foods is only being concerned about fiber and glucose, forgetting that fat is also good. Ever noticed that being on a low-fat diet made you cranky, confused and restless? It’s because fats are very important for your brain and, shockingly, the brain is in charge of you feeling tired, depressed, irritated and so on.
However, not all fats are good, of course, and one that you should avoid is the Omega-6 fats complex. But if you choose olive oil for your salads, you get the best of both world: maintain your overall energy and improve your brain activity!
Although probably not your favorite spice/vegetable, garlic is very good for your body: it can treat hemorrhoids, neurasthenia, constipation and many other digestive tract illnesses. But few people realize how important the garlic for our brain: by normalizing your cholesterol and strengthening the circulatory system, the garlic also helps promote cognition, alertness and also memory. Just don’t buy it already peeled and sliced or the nutritional benefits will be nonexistent.
If you’re not allergic and happen to actually like the eggs, then you’ll be glad to hear that including them into your everyday meals is not only a tasty, but also a very healthy idea. It’s best to eat them poached or boiled, not so much scrambled or fried. Also, you could use them as a salad dressing (a slightly poached creamy egg is better than any mayo in the world!). Try buying farm eggs, avoiding conventional ones.
Aside from being rich in vitamin C, tomatoes also contain lycopene, an active ingredient that is particularly good for your brain. Curiously enough though, you have to cook the tomatoes in order to benefit from the lycopene, which means that ketchup is good for your brain! Of course, the sugar in the ketchup overshadows the good lycopene. If you could prepare your own ketchup at home, with tomato sauce or bullion and a tablespoon of honey, that would be great!
Don’t buy tomatoes that are big and beautiful, but don’t really taste like anything (some of them were grown on cotton pads with vitamins and water without ever even touching the soil!).
Everybody knows that oysters are a good aphrodisiac, but thanks to its selenium, magnesium, protein and vitamin E, they are also very beneficial for your brain. A few studies proved that people who ate oysters on a regular basis improved their mood, became more optimistic and patient. If focusing is your biggest issue, oysters is the way to go!
In order to function properly, your brain needs fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein and cheapest way to get all of them in one ingredient is to choose beans. They may not seem sweet to you, but they are and their glucose is directed to your brain (your grey cells use 20% of the carbs you eat and drink, plus they like a steady supply, so not all carbs are pure evilness!).
You probably can’t grow your own beans, but the least you can do is buy them from a farmer’s market and try to avoid the supermarket labels.
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