Feed your thinking
Crab for orientation
Foods rich in zinc are good for the brain. The European Food Safety Agency recently awarded the zinc cognitive function medal. The latter is effective and beneficial only for the hippocampus, the part of the brain that helps us remember where we are going and why. One serving of crab contains half the recommended daily intake of zinc. So, where were we going, by the way? Ah yes! Crab fishing at the beach …
Soy for memory
The memory could be boosted by a substance found in soy, which “imitates” estrogen. This is why women manage to remember the most futile of indiscretions … A study by the British Journal of Nutrition has established that men who have taken soy isoflavone pills for six weeks have significantly improved their memory. Drink soy milk and never forget a birthday again.
Sardines for humor
Taking omega 3 for the brain is useless, however, another element found in fish, selenium, has proven to be beneficial for mood, as well as for sperm. A British study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that a daily dose of 100 mg significantly improves mood and combats anxiety. A happy brain is more productive. Sardines are an excellent source of selenium: a can satisfies 80% of daily needs.
Red fruits for longevity
Treat your gray cells with one of the most effective natural antioxidants, vitamin C. According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, men who eat lots of antioxidant-rich fruits are less likely to lose their mental capacity with age. So, do not hesitate to add a handful of blueberries or strawberries to decorate your breakfast cereals.
Red meat for intelligence
A study at Assiut University Hospital in Egypt found that men (young people in this case) with iron deficiency improve their IQ as soon as they start absorbing more. To your barbecues!
Grape juice to memorize your lists
If your office is covered with post-it notes, drink grape juice. A study presented at the International Conference on Polyphenols and Health has shown that the ability to remember lists of items improves after twelve weeks of drinking grape juice. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same with another drink made from grapes.
Broccoli for anxiety
Folate isn’t just for girls. Apathy, irritability, and worry are indeed linked to a lack of this vitamin – and you who thought it was only the job! A study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition has shown that bouts of anxiety can be caused by low levels of folate in the blood. So chase away the blues with broccoli or peas…
Tea for mental agility
A cup of morning tea cheers up thanks to the presence of flavonoids and L-theanine. But not only that: a study of more than 2,000 Norwegians has shown that mental performance is better among those who have drunk the most tea. “The best effects were achieved with four cups a day,” according to the Tea Advisory Panel. It only remains to explain to your boss that your tea break boosts your performance. Even if you are not Norwegian