Sunday, November 12, 2006

Top Five Foods to Increase Your Intelligence (Summarized)

(via Dr. Mercola)

  1. Fish Oil
    As the old saying goes, "Fish is brain food." Unfortunately, I can’t recommend fish because it is overwhelmingly contaminated with mercury and dangerous PCBs. What I can recommend, however--and I can’t recommend it highly enough--is fish oil. Packed with beneficial omega-3 fats including DHA, fish oil may reduce inflammation in the brain and offer a protective effect.

  2. Organic, Raw Vegetables (Metabolically Appropriate)
    There is little that compares to the nutritional value of organic, raw vegetables according to your Metabolic Type. Specifically, low levels of folic acid, a nutrient found in green leafy vegetables, have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, and the many antioxidants and phtyochemicals in vegetables will help to keep your mind sharp.

  3. Raw Eggs
    Raw whole eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many of us are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. While it may take some getting used to, this is a simple way to improve your mind and your overall health. Eating cooked eggs will not have the same effect, although the less you cook the egg, the better it will be nutritionally. If you’re concerned about salmonella, please review the raw eggs article in the links [in the full article] for information that will relieve your concerns.

  4. Avoid Sugar
    This is obviously not a food, but more of a "foods-to-avoid" category. If you want to perform at your top level, intelligence-speaking or otherwise, it is imperative to limit, if not completely avoid, sugar. High-sugar foods will disrupt your body's homeostasis and insulin levels, which will contribute to disease and brain fog.

  5. Blueberries
    Not only do blueberries taste good, but they are one of the most potent antioxidant foods on the planet. They are small and densely packed with a variety of potent phytochemcials that can do wonders to normalize and improve health, including direct benefits to the brain. Blueberries have been shown to actually reverse some of the aging that occurs in the brain.

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