Can Certain Foods Literally Make You Smarter?

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What if we all ate more foods that made us smarter? Scientists and doctors have said our brains typically stop growing or improving at age 26 but we’re not sure if we believe the hype. There are some foods that might increase your brain function and power that you probably have no idea about. It is possible that we could be wrong but there is very little harm in giving the following foods a try if you want to outshine the smart-aleck in your group of friends. Take a look below at a list of foods that can drastically increase brain productivity and memory.

1. Beets: Beets are extremely high in Vitamin B and help you process data and events quickly. Beets also help you better “recall” things that occurred in the past and improve memory function.

2. Anchovies: Okay, so anchovies aren’t the most popular fish whatsoever BUT these little things drastically protect your brain and slow down memory loss. Your brain will take a strong liking to anything with omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Berries: Berries, berries, and more berries. Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries all improve your memory function.

4. Cayenne Peppers: If you love spicy food, you probably already season some of your meals with cayenne pepper. However, we suggest that you go and buy the actual peppers because these peppers carry a ton of capsaicin, which is a compound that our brain has plenty of receptors for. Capsaicin makes you much calmer and helps you focus better on the task at hand.

5. Brussel Sprouts: Brussel sprouts help to protect new brain cells and combat against radicals that may cause cancer. They may not be the best-tasting but the benefits take precedence over the taste.

6. Kale: Kale really became the “popular” vegetable in 2014 and continues to gain popularity in 2015 for its impact on diets. Independently of diets, the veggie actually slows down aging of the brain by an average of 1-2 years.

7. Pumpkin Seeds: Take a break from sunflower seeds and purchase some pumpkin seeds to up the tryptophan in your brain. Tryptophan is a compound that spurs the production of serotonin in your brain which improves your mood.

8. Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is actually one of the best foods you can eat contrary to popular belief that all chocolate is bad for you. Dark chocolate increases healthy blood flow to the brain, allows you to solve problems faster, and may improve your math skills. Out of all the foods listed above, Dark Chocolate probably also tastes the best.

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