Raw Foods for the Brain and How They Increase Mental Performance

By Amy Taylor on December 09, 2011

Did you know that starting your day with a fresh fruit can increase your mind’s performance and improve memory retention?

In order to become successful in our everyday endeavours, we don’t just have to be physically active. We also have to be mentally alert to be able to decide, strategise, and think more clearly. If you are constantly experiencing troubles remembering your daily tasks and if you can’t live a day without checking your to-do list, chances are you are suffering from mental conditions related to poor memory. Forgetting things don’t just affect your personal life but also your relationships with other people. If you are mentally active, you will find it easier to deal with others no matter what kind of personality they may have.

Here’s the fact. Your brain only weighs 1.5 kilograms but it works non-stop, 24 hours a day. Your brain alone exhausts 20% of your energy. Too much mental exercises can burn more calories than a simple mental relaxation. But according to the study from the Wisconsin University, it was revealed that the brain treats excess carbohydrates as if they are pathogens.

What’s in Raw Fruits and Vegetables?

  • Glucose – the food for the brain

According to Leigh Gibson of Roehampton University in England, the human brain needs about 25 grams of glucose to function at its best which you can get from eating an average-sized banana. Glucose is a source of energy. It is also a brain booster. While fish can be a good source of glucose, fresh fruits have the biggest amount of glucose. In addition, it is easily absorbed by the body which makes it much better choice especially during breakfast.

  • Chlorophyll boosts oxygen flow

If you’re fond of eating fresh green vegetables like lettuce and wheat grass, you’re getting the most out of the chlorophyll that are found on these foods. Chlorophyll helps a lot in keeping adequate flow of oxygen in your veins. Try staying inside a room with closed doors and windows. If you’ll stay there for a couple of hours, you will eventually feel sleepy and a little bit nauseous. This is because your body doesn’t get enough oxygen that it needs. By eating fresh, green, and leafy vegetables, you’re retaining enough oxygen in your body. It also boosts the flow of oxygen in your brain which in turn improves your memory.

  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Pecans, hazelnuts, black raspberries, hemp seeds, and purslane are among the foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Studies reveal that omega 3 fatty acids help improve mental performance by enhancing cell membranes and repairing damaged cells in the brain. UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science, Dr Fernando Gomez-Pinilla said that a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids  are linked to the increased rate of developing mental disorders such as depression, dementia, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit disorder, dyslexia, and schizophrenia.

Other essential nutrients found in raw foods are proteins and inositol. Plant protein contains essential amino acids that play a big role in enhancing one’s intelligence. On the other hand, inositol is a kind of carbohydrate that works by improving brain endurance, regulating the production of serotonin, and fighting a wide array of mental disorders.

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