This is a continuation from Eating to your Smartness – Part 3, part of a series of articles about how to become smarter through foods, so visit here if you haven’t read it.

This is the last part of the section on Nutritious foods for the brain, and it continues from part 3 of the series of articles on becoming smarter with food. If you can remember, I spoke about how important proteins are in the formation of neurotransmitters, a vital part of enhanced brain function and intelligence.

Today, I will speak about the vitamins.

So, why are they important?

Vitamins are needed in converting the amino acids into the neurotransmitters and what you eat would go to waste if you did not have the vitamins necessary. Simply put, vitamins are needed to build new neurotransmitters.

Vitamins are also essential in protecting the brain cells you have, and this preserves your brain power and intelligence over time, keeping it consistent as you age. In other words, you remain smart and agile even with age.

Vitamins also improve the oxygen supply to your brain, as I mentioned in part 2, which benefits you a whole lot as well. If you haven’t read about how much oxygen can help you become smarter, click here

Getting the Vitamins

So how do you go about getting these vitamins?

Simple – fruits and vegetables.

Very recent studies have shown that pills do not work well, if they even work at all. Somehow, our body absorbs vitamins effectively only when they are consumed through natural foods.

Do you really, REALLY need me to tell you which foods are considered fruit or vegetables? Don’t pretend to not know! I know some of you sighed the moment those words came out – but please take note, because the benefits are more significant than you think!

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Vitamins C and E have been linked to strong memory and they can be gotten from:

  • Citrus fruits – Oranges, Lemon, Grapefruit, Limes, Tangerines
  • Green leafy vegetables – Spinach (Popeye’s favorite), Dandelion Greens, Kale, Swiss chard
  • Nuts – Peanuts, Macadamia, Almonds
  • Fortified cereals – The ones you get in a box
  • Berries – Strawberries, Blueberries

Berries have also been shown to improve coordination, concentration and short-term memory.

Now onto the next important component: Glucose.

Glucose is also an essential when it comes to brain food as it is the fuel for your brain. You will want to eat foods that digest slowly; foods with a low glycemic index (GI) do just that and thats all you need to know.

Low GI = Good

They provide your brain with a constant supply of energy for longer periods of time unlike high GI foods, which release a burst of energy, causing fluctuations that jeopardize the brain’s abilities to think, including the ability to learn properly – which is key in creating intelligent memory, memory that contributes to overall intelligence.

To keep your brain’s energy supply constant, eat a snack once between meals, but avoid junk food. Some foods you can eat as a healthy, energy giving snack are fruits or whole meal grain bars. (I highly suggest Muesli Bars; delicious and healthy at the same time!)

For a whole database of low GI foods, visit: http://www.glycemicindex.com/ and click on GI Database at the menu on the left side of the screen.

A great resource for Low GI recipes and foods can be found at: http://www.glycemicgourmet.com/

For your convenience, I will list some of the easier-to-see GI food lists you can reference:

http://www.the-gi-diet.org/lowgifoods/

http://www.nutricoach.net/low_gi_foods.html

Low GI diet plan:

http://health.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=37118

I highly advise bookmarking this page so that you can come back for the links if you ever lose them!

To make it easy for you, here’s a bookmark link: Bookmark the good page!

Well, this is the end of Eating to your Smartness.

I really hope you learnt something out of it and hopefully, you’ve started taking action by improving your diet for your brain!

To your newfound Smartness and Intelligence! :-)

If you are interested in information about Nootropics, drugs that increase your brain’s abilities and make you smarter, you can read this post here at: Tip #7 Nootropics

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