What to eat to become smarter: Top 5 Brain Food29.06.2016
We are what we eat, Hippocrates said. In some way, it is true. Here is a list of products that stimulate our brain and make us more quick-witted and attentive.
The good news for the sweet tooth: chocolate is good. It contains powerful antioxidants - polyphenols that protect brain cells from harmful effects. However, as British nutritionist Lorraine Perretta noted, it works with dark chocolate only.
Scientists from the University of Innsbruck, Austria found that coffee has positive effect on short-term memory and intelligence. During the research, each research participant was given 100 mg of caffeine – the amount equal to two cups of coffee, resulting in the improvement of reaction, logical thinking and stress resistance. Unfortunately, the effect lasts only a couple of hours.
- Fatty fish
All fish is nutrient-enriched food but fatty fish is especially nutritious. For example herring contains a lot of B6 vitamin, which influence our memory and good mood. The omega-3 fatty acids are very important for neuronal cells. These acids are not synthesized in the body, so it is important to get their sufficient amount from food.
- Nuts and seeds
They contain B6 and omega-3 as well, but are much more convenient to be taken with you. Cashew, peanut, hazel-nut, almond and pepitas are great option for a snack. But be careful: this food is very rich in calories.
- Fruit and berries
It is “smart” products that do not contain a lot of calories. Bilberry reduces the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease and improves memory. Bananas contain a lot of tryptophan, which is oxidized to serotonin that improves not only brain function, but also mood.back to list
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