Eat Smart, Be Smart: How Diet Can Improve Mental Capacity by Madoline Hatter

Some Food for Thought

  • There are a variety of foods that not only taste good but are also good for your mental capacities. These foods provide the necessary nutrients that will help your brain as you engage in your everyday activities. Here is a short list of some super foods. For a longer list check out Fifty Super Foods.
    Almonds: While these are technically fruit, almonds possess good amounts of riboflavin and L-carnitine which are beneficial for brain activity.
    Blueberries: As one of nature’s most prominent sources of antioxidants, blueberries help reduce the free radicals that float through your body that can cause cancer. Studies also show that blueberries can help in memory retention.
    Grapefruit: Containing high levels of vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants, grapefruit provides the same brain boosting abilities as many other fruits like blueberries.
    Oatmeal: Oats contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than usual breakfast cereals. Steel-cut oats are a whole grain, which helps protect against heart disease, some cancers, and obesity. The fiber in oats helps with digestion.
    Oranges: For the same reason that blueberries and grapefruits are on this list, oranges meet your body’s demand of flavonoids and other antioxidants to promote continued brain power. They are well known for vitamin C, but also provide many other benefits.
    Soybeans: The peptides in soybeans can regulate neurotransmitters as well as maintain cell immunity abilities.
    Strawberries: Strawberries have been documented to reduce cognitive decline of those who at them at least once per month. As well as the other fruits listed above, these have much of the same characteristics including vitamin C and heavy concentrations of antioxidants.
    Tuna and Salmon: Many fish that are heavy in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for the brain. Aside from the proteins contained therein, most fish are a cornucopia of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your body in a variety of ways.
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