Foods that optimize intelligence
Fresh fruits and
vegetables Pumpkins, tomatoes, oranges, pomelos … orange and red fruits and vegetables are full of beta-carotene, a pigment that turns into vitamin A once absorbed by the stomach. Vitamin A is used to clean the body and, in addition, in our head. Indeed, it is an antioxidant vitamin, which means it attacks free radicals, these toxic substances that damage our cells. Whether or not they are colored, fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals, which help to combat fatigue and stress. But be careful not to boil them, they risk losing their virtues (unless you plan to consume the water then cooking). It is better to cook them with steam or papillote.
They bring us protein, but also vitamins B2 and B12. The first is necessary for the functioning of the brain. The second is the vitamin of intellectual development.
On the menu: milk, yogurts, cheeses … at every meal!
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Fats are essential to the functioning of the brain, but not just any. Vegetable oils are those on which to bet. Rich in Omega-3 and vitamin E, they protect our brain by neutralizing free radicals.
On the menu: Rape oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, walnut oil …
Complex cereals Complex
carbohydrates, B vitamins, iron and zinc: cereal products, complete preferences, have all the stars of the brain. Let’s beware of biscuits and other industrial pastries. They are stuffed with saturated fats, the number one enemy of memory.
On the menu: bread, wheat, rice, oats, pastas, breakfast cereals …
Foods that stimulate memory
Dried fruits and oilseeds
True concentrates of energy, they are rich in minerals and trace elements, such as zinc. A zinc deficiency can cause learning, thinking, memory and attention deficits. At breakfast or as a case in the day (they do not make bigger), let’s crunch some dried fruits. They will help us keep our neurons at their best.
On the menu: raisins, dried apricots, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts …
These are our main suppliers of Omega-3 (DHA and EPA), which are essential to the functioning of our neurons and play an important role in memory. For a brain in good shape, you have to put them on the menu 2 to 3 times a week.
On the menu: sardine, mackerel, herring, salmon …
The offal is even richer in iron than spinach. Iron allows the transport of oxygen to the brain, it promotes a good memorization and a good concentration. It’s a pity that children do not generally like it, because offal could help them memorize their lessons and poems.