Everyone believes that our intelligence comes from the genetics we receive from our parents through their parents, on up the line. We believe there is a direct connection to genetic inheritance for intelligence. This may not be totally true for each one of us.
Study after study indicate that we actually derive our
intelligence from at least three sources: our lifestyle, our genetics, and the nutrients we get from what we eat. So, can we start eating a certain type of food to enhance our intelligence?
Study after study indicate that what we eat causes different actions and reactions in our brain. In essence these foods and supplements causes our neurotransmitters to fire in different ways and at different speeds. All this is called chemical reactions in our brains.
So, can food actually have a positive or negative effect on our brain function?
Yes. Research has shown that omega-3 oil from fish will help stimulate the brain and help you create a balanced and positive mood. Omega-3 fish oil will give our brains a boost to the omega-3 fatty acids already in our brains. Various cultures, including the Egyptians, thought that fish was actually brain food.
Proteins are also a very good and valuable substance for the brain. Proteins such as those found in chicken and beef contain tyrosine, an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and cells and may also help your neurotransmitters send and receive signals and information. They may also assist you in handling stress and help the body maintain a balanced blood sugar level.
Food such as avocados, raisins, apples and nuts contain a substance called boron which has the potential to increase your memory and attention.
Choline, which has also been proven to improve brain function, can be found in such foods as eggs and milk. Fruits and vegetables are also extremely important in protecting your brain. Fruits and vegetables have a high degree of anti-oxidants which protect your cells and brain from free radicals which cause your cells to be damaged and age faster.
Blueberry and blackberry are especially good for your brain since they contain Anthocyanins which is the most powerful form of anti-oxidant.
Other fruits and vegetables that have been found to have a high amount of anti-oxidants are strawberries, cranberries spinach, raspberries, brussel sprouts, plums, broccoli, oranges, red grapes, red bell pepper, cherries and kiwis.
Probably the number one ingredient for proper brain function is water. Since your brain is 80% water it is imperative that one keeps themself and their brain hydrated. Even a slightly dehydrated brain can raise the stress hormone in a person causing them to not have clarity of thought. Just observe people living in the desert in summertime and see the stressful actions of people and one can see how dehydrated people are stressed.
There are also foods to avoid and foods that can actually slow down the brain function. Food which are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates which can give you an instantaneous surge of energy but then leave you in an daze.
It is also recommend not to consume food high in saturated fats. Sure your body needs fats, but it needs the good fats found in avocados, nuts and fish.
Also avoid eating heavy meals. It has been proven that reducing your calories will extend your life and the quality of you life. It is also a benefit for your brain function. The digestion process takes a lot of energy which in turn takes the energy away from your brain functions.
So as you can see there is a brain food recipe. By eating the correct foods you can actually protect your brain and keep it healthy. You can also provide the added substances the brain needs to improve your memory, mood and the speed in which your brain functions.
So, what happens when you start having memory loss? There have been three types of memory loss identified and they are:
1. Age associated memory impairment
2. Mild cognitive impairment
3. Alzheimer’s disease
With age associated memory impairment you may find yourself wondering where you left things or remembering things. This could be your favorite picture, the book you are currently reading, your keys, and in today’s times all the stuff you are supposed to remember on how to do something.
With mild cognitive impairment you may not remember how to get from point a to point b, such as from your home to the local grocery store.
A recent study has indicate that approximately 12 % of folks who have this impairment go on to have Alzheimer’s disease. This disease has been identified as a mixture of lifestyle, genetics, and nutrition. Studies indicate that a high fat diet will lead to memory loss because of cell inflammation and the production of free radicals.
Alzheimer’s disease comprises Plaques and Tangles that make up a scar-like picture on our brain cells. This helps in causing our brain cells to die. Another effect is that it causes a reduction in memory chemicals that affect our neurotransmitters.
One of the early treatments that we can induce for prevention or interruption of this process is to increase the flow of blood to the brain. We can increase our intake of antioxidants to reduce the free radicals in our brains. We can also start replacing the nutrients that make up the brain cell membranes.
How we use a diet can largely affect the process of
memory loss. We can lower our calorie intake, moderate our carbohydrate intake and our intake of animal protein. This last one means increase our intake of non-animal protein which will lessen our prospects of memory loss.
We can eat raw vegetables and lightly steamed vegetables such as spinach and other green leafy vegetables. We can eat yellow turnips and sesame seeds and sesame seed butter and blue berries. We do know there are many fruits and vegetables that will help reduce the population of free radicals in our bodies.
The vegetables and fruits we should always eat are all organic in nature. That way we will not have the pesticides and other toxins prevalent in the current production of much of what is on the open market today.