Five Foods that Optimize The Brain and Boost Energy

Coffee

While coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of depression, according to JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, you must consider its potential risks, mostly due to its high caffeine content.  However to avoid, nervous jitters and especially problems with the digestive tract make sure the coffee you drink is organic and doesn’t exceed 4 cups (8oz each) a day.  Coffee May:

  • Improve energy levels and make you smarter.
  • Help you burn fat.
  • Drastically improve physical performance.
  • Contain essential nutrients.
  • Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Lower your risk of Parkinson’s.
While coffee consumption has been linked to lower levels of depression, according to JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, you must consider its potential risks
Coffee is the Strongest Nootropic on the Market

Beans

Beans have many healthy ingredients that will help you get through the day by providing essential nutrients to your body, give you energy and keeping you in a positive frame of mind.  Beans are legumes a family of nutrient-dense plants that include lentils, beans, chickpeas, peas and soybeans. They’re very rich in many different nutrients, including magnesium. For instance, a 1-cup serving of cooked black beans contains an impressive 120 mg of magnesium.  Beans have the following additional benefits:

  • They contain protein, a vital nutrient that plays a key role in maintaining and repairing the body.
  • Folate.
  • Antioxidants.
  • May improve heart health.
  • Reduce the risk of cancer.
  • Prevent fatty liver.
  • Control appetite.

Walnuts

Walnuts are the most effective nut for brain health. They have a significantly high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, they’re rich in alpha-linolenic acid, they possess more polyphenolic compounds than any other type of nut. Both omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols are considered critical brain foods that may counteract oxidative stress and inflammation, two drivers of cognitive decline.

The following are some of the proven benefits of walnuts:

  • Rich in Antioxidants.
  • Super Plant Source of Omega-3s.
  • May Decrease Inflammation.
  • Promotes a Healthy Gut.
  • May Reduce Risk of Some Cancers.
  • Supports Weight Control.
  • May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes and Lower Your Risk.
  • May Help Lower Blood Pressure.
Walnuts are the most effective nut for brain health
Walnuts Have Many Health Benefits

Oranges

Oranges are a good source of vitamin C, as well as several other vitaminsminerals, and antioxidants. For this reason, they may lower your risk of heart disease and kidney stones.  The following are some of the benefits of eating oranges.

  • High in Vitamin C.
  • Healthy immune system.
  • Prevents skin damage.
  • Keeps blood pressure under check.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Controls blood sugar level.
  • Lowers the risk of cancer.

Eggs

Eggs are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. They are a source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin.  The white of the egg is full of protein, the yolk is got the highest amount of cholesterol of any other food its size, however it also has the highest amount of lecithin of any other food its size.  Lecithin is a cholesterol emulsifier and as long as you cook the egg correctly by leaving the yolk uncooked and the white cooked, you then have the perfect food.  Try poaching, or slow cooking the egg sunny side up so the white gets cooked, but the yolk does not.

  • High in protein
  • They are nutrient dense:
    • Selenium
    • Phosphorus
    • Choline
    • Vitamin B12
    • Multiple antioxidants, which help keep your cells healthy 
  • They help your good cholesterol
  • They Can Lower Your Triglycerides
  • They Can Lower Your chances of a Stroke

 Just make sure that when you buy any of the foods above that they’re organic, so you can get full benefit of their nutrition and avoid the pitfalls of chemically processed foods.

© Copyright – Hector Sectzer

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