Sunday, August 31, 2008

Supercharging The Mind - Supplementary Brain Food Snacks

A solid list of well researched "Brain Foods" - snacks that foster cleaner and clearer cognitive functions.

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Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs.

On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks pastries and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Give your brain a kick start: eat the following foods on a daily or weekly basis for results you will notice.

20 foods that will supercharge your brain:

1. Avocado

Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day. Avocado with scrambled eggs provides both, and the monounsaturated fat helps blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function. Worst alternative: a trans-fat-filled, sugar-laden cream cheese Danish.

Green it: you don't need to buy an organic avocado - conventional is fine. But make sure your supplementary protein is free range, cage free, or organic.

2. Blueberries

These delicious berries are one of the best foods for you, period, but they're very good for your brain as well. Since they're high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, they are safe for diabetics and they do not spike blood sugar. Blueberries are possibly the best brain food on earth: they have been linked to reduced risk for Alzheimer's, shown to improve learning ability and motor skills in rats, and they are one of the most powerful anti-stress foods you can eat. Avoid: dried, sweetened blueberries.

Green it: buy local and organic, and be mindful of seasonality. When blueberries are out of season, opt for cranberries, grapes, goji berries, blackberries or cherries to get your brain boost.

3. Wild Salmon

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your brain. These beneficial fats are linked to improved cognition and alertness, reduced risk of degenerative mental disease (such as dementia), improved memory, improved mood, and reduced depression, anxiety and hyperactivity. Wild salmon is a premium source, but we'll highlight a few other sources on this list for vegetarians and people who just don't like salmon. Avoid farmed (read: sea lice infested) salmon.

Green it: the California salmon stock is threatened, so choose wild Alaskan salmon only, and eat small portions no more than twice a week.

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Note: I stipulate "snacks" (in my title here) rather than "meals" per se because [in my experience] although there may be some temptation to, I think it is best _not_ to treat this as an immediate replacement for your standard diet, wotever it may be.

I find it's best to stick primarily with what your doctor/dietitian/mum has sugged /and with whatever foods makes you feel good/

and then [optimally] get rid of the junk food and slowly replace it with these brain foods.

or at least add some of them to your repertoire the next time you're looking for snacks at the market.

The reason I don't think it's a good idea to adopt any new regimental set diet, no matter how beneficial it may be, is because in my observation variation and moderation is key survival.

Salmon for example, may be an excellent source of Omega-3 but if we take too much of it in the same week, we could get hit with a mercury overdose. The same goes for too much of the same cheese and meat (bacterial strains) et cetera.

AISI taking too much of the same food in the same time frame, increases the odds of getting hit if something is wrong with the food.

Switching it up and spreading it out seems the most prudent course of dietary action.

or so says B.M (TAG's British Mum - Ed) and I think she's onto something.

What this is, is a list of foods (consistent with my own amateur research) that have been sited time and again by various medical research journals as foods that 'ave been proven to augment brain functions.

(in other words, it's not *just* some bloke's opinion on a blog - Ed)

8 times out of 2 the result of ingesting these foods seems to be: clearer thinking, at universal minimum.

They might (or might not - Ed) turn us all into Einstein, but there is a noticeable upswing in cog functions, memory and creative thinking too.

I find.

Particularly with Fish, Walnuts and Blueberries.

No doubt we all have slightly different neurophysiologies, so 'natch experiment to find which foods make you think and feel best.

Punch ((Here)) for rest of Top 20 Smartest Foods On Earth Article.

and ))'ere(( for cross-referencing and outside corroboration at WebMD's Brain Foods Picture Slideshow.

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