Diet and Nutrition
7 Superfoods with Super Powers!
By Monica Ciociola
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We've compiled a list of
7 super foods with the power to make you smarter and slimmerat the same
time! These foods are packed with fat-fighting fiber and brain-boosting
antioxidants and nutrients . . . plus, they taste great, too!
- Bananas. Studies suggest that this
potassium-packed fruit may assist learning by making you more alert,
normalizing your heartbeat, and sending more oxygen to your brain. High in
fiber, bananas are also a satisfying snack food.
- Salmon, sardines, and herring.
Fatty fish are full of neuroprotective omega-3 fatty acids that aid
communication between nerve cells to improve learning, retention, and memory.
Omega-3 fats also help expand blood vessels to improve circulation and blood
- Grapes and blueberries.
The antioxidant kings of the fruits and vegetable world. Antioxidants have been
linked to improvement in short-term memory and motor skills, and even reversing
age-related declines in balance and coordination.
- Hot cocoa and green tea.
While you're warming your insides with hot cocoa and green tea, you'll also be
getting a heavy dose of antioxidants to protect your brain cells and reduce
stress. If you're in sunny California, like we are, green tea may be more
- Whole grains and brown
rice. Switching to whole grain brown rice is a good way to slim down
and wise up. Brown rice has a lower glycemic index number than
white rice because of its fiber content, reducing its "sugar rush" effect. It's
also loaded with vitamin B6 and magnesium, which have been linked to
improvements in cognitive health.
- Almonds and walnuts. Rich
in omega-3s, antioxidants, protein, and fiber, these nuts can help you slim
down by making you feel satiated longer, as long as you don't overdo it, as
they're also high in calories and fat.
- Corn. Just one cup of corn will provide you with
about 25% of your daily value of thiamin (vitamin B1), which is essential for
brain cell production and cognitive functions. A lack of thiamin has been shown
to lead to senility and Alzheimer's disease. Just remember to go easy on the
artery-clogging condiments associated with corn.