Can eating certain foods make us smarter...?

Summer 2009 CSANews Issue 71  |  Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.Back to list

According to recent research, yes – certain foods do contribute to memory, alertness and mood. Here are some of the key nutrients that help boost brain power:

Antioxidants – Foods and supplements containing antioxidants can help boost brain health and longevity. Blueberries and green tea are abundant in antioxidants.

Omega-3 fatty acids – These have been linked to nerve-cell regeneration and reduced brain inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in many types of seafood, including halibut and salmon.

B vitamins – The B family of vitamins helps our brain to send messages back and forth between nerves. B vitamins are found in spinach, asparagus, romaine lettuce, beans, eggs, peanut butter, potatoes and whole wheat bread.

Iron – Iron helps our blood to supply oxygen to our body. Deficiencies in iron have been linked to ADHD, learning disabilities and lowered IQ. Iron-rich foods include spinach, lentils, tofu, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Vitamin E – This vitamin has been linked to reduced cognitive decline with aging, especially when taken with vitamin C. You can get your vitamin E by eating mustard and turnip greens, spinach, broccoli, almonds, sunflower seeds and olives.