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Try These 17 Brain-Boosting Foods

3 Comments 18 May 2011

Berries and energy boosting foodsA good diet improves your health, but also boosts your energy. Create a shopping list of these must-have endurance foods recommended by Dr. Mike Moreno, author of The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results.

1. Beef, extra lean: High in iron, a mineral that improves memory, alertness and attention span.

2. Beets: Contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that helps relay signals from one brain cell to another.

3. Blueberries: Excellent source of antioxidants and “anthocyanins,” compounds thought to help protect brain cells from toxins, improves use of glucose in the brain, and promotes communicationbetween brain cells.

4. Broccoli: Packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients that help protect brain tissue from toxins.

5. Carrots: High in beta carotene and other natural substances that help protect brain tissue from toxins.

6. Chicken: High in tyrosine, an amino acid required for the production of the alertness chemicals dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. When your brain is producing these, you think and react more quickly, and feel more motivated, attentive and mentally energetic.

7. Citrus fruits: Contain vitamin C and other antioxidants that help maintain sharp memory and help brain cells resist damage.

8. Edamame: Contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that helps relay signals from one brain cell to another.

9. Eggs: High in the B vitamin choline, which helps with memory.

10. Egg whites: High in protein, which can improve alertness by increasing levels of norepinephrine, which helps keep your brain at its sharpest.

11. Hot chilies: Contains the fiery-tasting chemical capsaicin. Capsaicin stimulates circulation, aids digestion, opens your nasal passages and, even better, sends a feeling of euphoria straight to yourbrain.

12. Legumes: Provide glucose to fuel the brain, and the fiber they contain slows the absorption of glucose, helping to maintain stable levels of energy and support alertness and concentration overtime.

13. Pork: Loaded with vitamin B1, which protects myelin, a fatty substance that helps facilitate communication among cells.

14. Romaine lettuce: High in folate, a B vitamin important for memory and nerve cell health.

15. Spinach: Packed with iron, which is involved memory, concentration, and mental functioning.

16. Tuna: Full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help build and maintain myelin.

17. Yogurt: A probiotic food that has been found in many studies to boost mental alertness.

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  • deenie

    I would mos def add coconut to the list. It is composed of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and has a protective effect on the brain. We use it in all its forms: flakes, chips, flour, oil, milk, and creme. It makes any dish very special. Use the oil for frying. The oil has a very long shelf life, two years at least. I add the flour to smoothies and it makes them so yummy while helping one to lose weight. Coconut is fantastic!

  • deenie

    Oops, I forgot to mention kelp or seaweed. It is loaded with trace minerals and has a good dose of natural iodine too. Most peeps here in the USA are deficient in iodine due the phobia about iodine which is based on one expert’s thinking . Over in Japan, the average person there consumes one hundred times the RDA of iodine. They have some of the longest lived people in the world and I suspect seaweed has a lot to do that. Putting bromine in bread makes the iodine deficiency problem far worse as bromine displaces iodine from cells causing serious effects. Fluoride in the water does the same. So, most people’s bodies are crying for iodine, an essential element for good health.

  • Rale

    I’m taking Omega 3 Fish Oil Extra to help boost my brain. It is really effective. My son and daughter also taking this one and they perform very well in their studies.


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