The brain weighs only 2% of our total weight, but it is very demanding and requires a balanced diet and carefully selected to operate and to be on top. Discover the 6 foods to add to your diet to become smarter!
The brain loves omega 3. More than half of the mass of the brain is composed of lipids, 70% are fatty acids, omega 3. They are essential in the activity of neurons and play an important role in memory. Sardine, mackerel, herring, salmon, Hemp seeds and Chia seeds or nuts give you omega 3. To include in your menus at least 2-3 three times a week.
The brain spends a lot of energy to operate; it is a major consumer of sugar. It’s bad to nourish it with fast sugars that peaks our glucose levels, make us gain weight and unpleasant for the brain which doesn’t like sudden variations. That’s why we tend to privilege the slow sugars of legumes (lentils, chick peas …), and cereal.
Rich cocoa flavonoids stimulate blood flow to the brain and thus helps boost cognitive performance; but it is primordial to eat raw unprocessed chocolate, otherwise we won’t get the benefits of cacao.
High numbers of sulfur in addition to magnesium in raw chocolate, essential for the body’s appropriate functioning, by natural means increase focus and encourage alertness. Magnesium is the most effective stress-relieving mineral. Neurotransmitter modulating agents found in raw organic and natural cacao, such as serotonin, are chemical compounds that can act as natural antidepressants.
Strawberries, schizandra berries, raspberries, goji berries, acai berries, blackcurrants … It is full of red fruit to cure vitamin C and beta-carotene an antioxidant that attacks free radicals, toxic substances that damage our cells.
The brain fights anxiety, fatigue and nervousness with trace elements (manganese, copper, lithium, zinc and iodine). To refuel, think seafood also provide vitamin B12 and protein, especially lysine, a powerful neurotransmitter.
Our brain is very greedy oxygen. It consumes almost 20% of this molecule in the human body. But to bring this resource to the brain, our body needs iron. This nutrient also promotes good memory and good concentration. If it is found in spinach, it is also highly concentrated in organ meats. The liver also has the advantage of being rich in B vitamins that enhance cognitive function. A good example of offal would be Desiccated Liver.
What to Avoid:
Saturated fats are the enemies of the brain. They are mostly found in butter, cream, sausages, fried.
To protect our brain, we limit the consumption of bad fats. But to really take care of our brain we must avoid tobacco which can cause deficiencies in vitamin C, reduces alcohol consumption which decreases the absorption of vitamin B (B6 and B9). And stress which leads to a lack of magnesium. We obviously do not forget to intellectually stimulate our brain and practice physical activities for cognitive development.
Acai, dark chocolate and Schizandra combine to create a rich, bold, flavored smoothie that is packed with antioxidants and protein! Perfect Acai is an amazing addition to smoothies, as it freeze dried and loaded with nutrients, blends easily, and can be stored without refrigeration for up to two years.
4 scoops Perfect Acai
3 tbsp. organic raw cacao
2 tbsp. raw honey
2 Organic bananas, chopped and frozen
1 cup organic unsweetened coconut milk
1 handful of ice
1 scoop Perfect Plant Protein, optional
1 tsp. Milk Colostrum
1/4 tsp. Schizandra Berry Extract
Directions: Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. This smoothie has a bold dark chocolate flavor with a touch of Acai. The color is a rich brown with hints of deep purple. This shake would be perfect for pre-workout energy, or add a bit of protein and drink it post workout for recovery.