Top Ten Foods that Make You Smarter

In order for your to brain to function efficiently, there are some nutrients that has to be supplied to the brain. Once the brain is energized, we will be able to think clearer, remember things better and make smarter decisions. Here is a list of the top 10 foods that could make you smarter by improving memory and cognition.

1. Spinach: Green leafy vegetable are good in improving memory and cognitive functions of the brain. Spinach helps in recalling old information. The main reason is because of its high content of iron, folate, vitamin B6 and B12. It is also known to slow down the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

2. Chocolate: Cocoa (100%) contains a very important antioxidant called flavanol. This antioxidant improves the flow of blood to the brain. Chocolate is also known to influence positive moods, which leads to clearer thinking.

3. Oysters: This type of seafood is best for improving concentration and focus. Oyster is known for boosting the problem solving ability of the brain. It contains a high level of zinc and iron.

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4. Eggs: This food helps to provide the main building blocks for the brain. Eggs contains a lot of vitamin B-12, lecithin and choline. These are the nutrients needed in order to slow down the brain shrinkage process that happens naturally as we get older.

5. Curry: Curcumin is the main antioxidant found in yellow curry. This antioxidant removes free radicles from the brain, promoting clear thinking. Curry also helps to reduce the aging process of the brain and is very good at improving memory.

6. Coffee: Fresh grounded coffee beans are rich in antioxidants, amino acids and minerals. Coffee increases the alertness of the brain. It also improves concentration.

7. Tea: Green tea are especially rich in catechins. Tea improves alertness, energy and reaction time. Catechins help to relax the brain and relieve feelings of anxiety. Dark green teas are the most potent.

8. Flax Seeds: These nuts contain ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid), which are fatty acids that the brain needs in order to function efficiently. The cerebral cortex, which is responsible for computing information from sensory inputs needs these fatty acids.

9. Blueberry: All berries contains antioxidants. However blueberries are the most potent berries. Antioxidants from berries drastically reduces the aging process of the brain. They are good for improving memory and cognitive functions of the brain.

10. Wild Salmon: Contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are used to coat the neurons in the brain. Omega-3 fatty acids also helps to provide more oxygen in the brain. It also counteracts the effects of bad cholesterol in the brain. Wild Salmon also contains iron and amino acids which helps in the overall development of the brain

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How Hemp Nutrition Can Make You Smarter: Because omegas 3’s are concentrated in the brain and is not produced by the body, it has to be sourced from nuts such as hemp seeds. The article also demonstrates why vitamin E is a very powerful brain antioxidant.

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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I am headed to the store as soon as I am done with this coffee. I am a fan, my brother man.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Rasta, love this. I have one little correction. It's not the actual curry that contain curcumin but turmeric. Curry is a combination of spices with different varieties of the product. Some curries are red or green and do not have turmeric only the curries that contain that yellow product turmeric.


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Good catch, I thought that curry was only made from turmeric, I'll try to fit that in.


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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

among the list tea and chocolates are my favorite, thanks for the information.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Great hub!

You made it very clear what we have to eat in order for our brains to function better. I'm glad to say that I like all the things on your list.

Thanks for sharing! Very useful!:)


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for stopping by Sannel. I love your hubs about nutrition too.


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Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Blessings rasta 1, there you go , now I can see WD heading to the health food store.

Many many years ago when I was involved in very serious sessions about antioxidants and free radicals, need you to imagine what I had to go through , that time the big seller was this product by that German doctor called Gerovital h3 . was selling for $90 for 30 tabs , now its %15 or so the ampules was $150. that was about 25 years ago.

It's amazing what I see these days and the need for fresh education. Keep up your work.

Blessings.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

It's true, we do have to eat certain foods to help our body's be the best they can be. Great list for brain booster foods.


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for stopping by koffeekatch, really appreciate the comment.


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eye say 5 years ago from Canada

great info - thanks


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect eye say, will be doing more hubs on improving brain function.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I like about half of the foods on this list such as chocolate and curry, and dislike the other half. But I think I better load up on the likable half as I get older and the memory starts to fade. Voting this Up and Useful.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect alocsin, Chocolate Tea in the morning and curry something in the evening should do just fine.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Where is my response? I just heard based on who you follow your scores can eventually be lowered , I guess they know more than we do , but I tell you what scores for me, is not part of the objective.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

What going on Sky, If you follow someone with a low hubscore or follow to much people in a short time, then it will affect your score.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Seems as if Hp was aware of something from the past , because I saw quite a few who were following everyone disappeared, don't really know much about the laws , but Hp want to make sure that everyone remembers that this is there out, their venue and they knew how people would react . I wrote a nice piece in reaction to all this . Thought I would see that reader , the one every time he appears on you hub , it's taken down. I had to send him an e/mail which he has never responded to, some in the way of ?

Bless.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I don't like coffee so I'm glad tea is on this list! I need to eat more blueberies and salmon...the rest I eat often. Flax seed is a daily must as is chocolate!:) Outstanding hub Rasta!!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Sounds like you are already on a pretty sharp diet. Blueberries may be the strongest smart food on the list. Thanks for the energy, nuff respect Sunshine.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

rasta1....Really interesting hub and thanks so much for the list of BRAIN power foods! Fortunately, I'll never have to worry or make the extra effort. There really isn't a food I don't eat!! What do you know about being smart AND overweight?? LOL UP +++


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I like just about all of these - thanks for the reminder to shop healthily! Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Fullerman5000 4 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Its good to know i pretty much like all these foods and eat a few of them each week. great work. voted useful and up.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Very good information! Everyones brain could use a boost! As they say, "You are what you eat!" Voted up and useful.


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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What a great list! I eat of of these except for oysters.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect fpherj48, I think egg is the only brain food that can cause weight issues.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

respect Marcy, I too try to shop for healthier options. Thanks for the energy.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Fullerman, Just eating one of these foods daily will help to make the brain work more efficiently.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Sgbrown, yes, everyone is a representation of what they eat. Smart people always eat smart food.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect 2bsure, missing out on oysters is not a big deal, I think the strongest brain booster is the blueberries.


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i0ner 4 years ago

Thanks rasta1 for the informative hub. I think the next step I'll take is to make sure that I'm eating most of these foods periodically by implementing them in my daily diet. Actually, healthy food has become a trend now. Voted up.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Ioner, brain food has become popular once more, this is due to the new information culture we now live in.


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emilybee 4 years ago

I love eating healthy, just wish my better half would, too. It just helps us live longer and more productive lives....I don't know some people don't feel compelled to eat well. Great hub, votes up.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect emilybee, habits grow on people, so just keep living healthy and lead by example.


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taw2012 4 years ago from India

Wow, great list. I eat almost all food items listed here.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Taw, There is the added benefit of aging slowly


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Very useful information in this hub, Rasta1. I love the foods you list and will make sure I eat more of them.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Seafarer, hope you do eat lots of them, because they also make you live longer.


Stanley 4 years ago

Grrrrrr8t job rasta 1. Now I will be more choosy-look out for that brain food! But how do i measure my brain improvement?


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Stanley, better decision making is one of the benefits. The ability to remember more information or the ability to read or concentrate longer. Improvements are easily seen especially if you are studying or working with rapidly changing information.


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HurricaneHunter 4 years ago from U.S.A.

Thank you for this, I've been trying to tell my mother how good some of these foods (chocolate, Tea, coffee) are good for my brain but she wanted a "2nd opinion." Its also interesting to see the other foods, I guess I'll have to get over my dislike for eggs and spinach.

Anyway this was very useful!


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect hurricane. Once u r consuming any 3 of these foods, u should be in good shape.


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

I think I sense curry with vegetables and rice in my future... Another awesome hub, Rasta. Voted up.

Alzheimer's is something I'm also sensing in my future, unfortunately, and I'm hoping that getting my diet overhauled will help to buy me some time. Thanks for researching and writing this awesome hub. Aloha


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crazymom3 4 years ago

I am a great believer in fruits and veggies and love fish. I so agree with you about what these foods do for the brain, but they also have antioxidant effects on the entire body.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect chrisinhawaii, It is an anti-inflammatory, very important in slowing brain ageing indeed


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect crazymom3. The antioxidant effect does help in reducing nerve damage.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Excellent advice for good mental health. I have placed a link to this hub in my own hub titled: "Foods That Fight Off Disease and Mental Decline." I believe your hub is a great compliment to my own.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Au Faith. Thank you a lot for the mention. I hope to return the favor soon.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Art,

Thanks for publishing this important article. I know that you're a vegan, and as you know, my household consists of a vegan and a vegetarian. I respect the fact that you listed food that neither a vegan nor a vegetarian would eat.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

This is interesting information. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Daisy. I was jut going to do just vegetables for this hub but I had the idea to do another article dedicated to vegans on another website.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Livingsta. Thanks again for the support.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Livingsta. Thanks again for the support.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Very informative, Thank you. Jamie


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Jhamann. Thanks for passing through.


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Global-Chica 3 years ago from New York, NY

Awesome, I love each one of these foods, beverages and spice. Although I'm glad I have more excuses now for an extra cup of coffee and chocolate bar :)


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BeatsMe 3 years ago

Wow. Great information. Some of the foods you mention are already my favorites.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect BeatsMe. Thank you for passing through. Most of these foods are also my favorites.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Global-Chica. I personally go for chocolate as my energy booster. I use the raw coca powder.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Revisiting this article which I linked to several months ago. These are all excellent foods for good health and if they can help improve memory and the working of the mind, all the better. Indeed research on dark chocolate, 70% or more cocoa, has proven to sharpen the mind considerably.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Au fait, From what I have recently learned, 100% cocoa powder is the best form of chocolate. My Grandma makes chocolate tea directly from the beans.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I include most of these foods in my diet. If I begin eating the rest maybe I'll gain some smarts. Thanks for the education.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I enjoy all these foods with the exception of oysters :) In fact, these are my favorite foods and I eat them regularly. Great hub!


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Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

Nice hub, I guess a change of diet for an increase in intelligence then.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Vocalcoach, Oysters does creep out a lot of people, it's actually worst than eating a snail. However, it is the best food for clear thinking.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Hezekiah. Yes, that's exactly what I am getting at. All contestants who participate in international memory competitions do have a specific diet they stick to. The foods that I have listed are indeed popular in terms of increasing competition.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

I think I will first go for the chocolate and blueberries that I love so much! Informative and useful hub.


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midnightbliss 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach

I love that chocolate made the list of "Top Ten Foods that Make You Smarter!" I was surprised, however, to see that oysters where included. I was lead to believe this strange looking tasty seafood dish was better known for other side effects. ; )


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect Vellur, Chocolate and blueberries are the most potent antioxidants for the brain in the list.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Respect midnightbliss, Dark Chocolate is a must. Oysters is great for relieving depression or mental fatigue.


sunita 2 years ago

hi,

can you tell me name of some few choclates that can be helpful.


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rasta1 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Sunita. Dark 100% organic chocolate is the best.

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