With the entire media caught up in the whole crusade against unhealthy eating habits, they seem to focus more on the foods we shouldn’t be eating as opposed to taking the time to present ones that we should- especially the foods that fuel our brains! Forget about taking those foul-smelling and overpriced dietary supplements that end up giving you the runs, improving your brain function is just a can of tuna or cup of green tea away. Unleash your inner Einstein by checking out COED’s list of 8 foods that make you smarter!
The “Chicken of the Sea” has the highest amount of B6 vitamins among all foods. B6 helps you keep your brain functioning its at peak performance, improves your memory and enhances cognitive abilities. Just one serving a day gives you more than half a day’s worth of the vitamin. It also confuses the sh*t out of Jessica Simpson who apparently doesn’t eat enough of it.
Oysters are high in minerals and nutrients that support healthy brain function. Some studies have shown that men who eat oysters show an immediate improvement in their cognitive abilities as well as a spike in their overall mood. Just beware when a girl offers you her oyster (some might make you look dumb).
Coffee gets a bad rap in our over-caffeinated society – and drinking a lot is definitely detrimental to your health. Up to two to three cups a day though is not only perfectly safe, it is good for your brain, too. Coffee has the most antioxidants among any food in the average American’s diet and it also gives your brain a real energy boost, allowing you to function better. It will also help you realize how ridiculous Starbucks‘ naming system is.
Pomegranates are pretty ubiquitous nowadays, appearing in nearly every health drink as a main ingredient, as well as being touted as a miracle fruit by physicians and health experts alike. And believe me, this is not hyperbole. The pomegranate contains a high amount of various antioxidants, some of which protect your brain and its mental functions. If you cannot get the fruit, the juice makes for an excellent substitute! It’s native to Iran, so you’d think they’d be a little more open-minded.
5) Dark Chocolate
Like the pomegranate, natural dark chocolate is high in antioxidants which protect the brain. It’s also high in caffeine which gives your brain an energy boost, improving your focus without the jitters. If that wasn’t enough, dark chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins – a natural mood enhancer. But remember, dark chocolate isn’t sweet like its milk chocolate variation, but in the end, the health benefits will be worth it. This is not to be confused with Sexual Chocolate.
6) Green And Black Tea
Like chocolate, tea is a two-for-one. Tea contains plenty of antioxidants that help your brain stay healthy while also giving you a caffeine boost to improve your overall concentration and performance. Of the two, green tea is said to be the best, but it’s the black tea that gives you a slightly bigger caffeine boost. So really, it’s all personal preference. Miss Piggy prefers green while Khloe Kardashian prefers black.
Doctors are always raving about wild salmon and how high it is in Omega-3 fatty acids. While it may not make you “smarter,” Omega-3 improves your brain function and serves as the best possible shield against brain and psychological problems; plus it helps prevent memory loss. I’m sorry, what were we talking about? Where are my pants?
Numerous studies have shown that blueberries are the best food out there for your brain. For one, the nutrients found in blueberries protect the brain from disease and damage, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s – making them a good, healthy bet for any snack. Other studies have shown that blueberries help you learn better and keep you well-oriented. I crushed the 3rd grade spelling bee last week thanks to these bad boys.