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Memory Foods: Fruits and Vegetables

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Some people may wonder if it's possible to feed our brains what they need to operate at maximum capacity from just vitamins and supplements. While vitamins and supplements are essential to a Limitless physiology, our bodies are designed to pull nutrients from natural organic fruits and vegetables. So it really is essential to eat in season locally grown foods along with supplements to feed our minds everything that they need.
A lot of the foods below are rich in the phytochemical anthocyanin. Anthocyanin rich fruits and vegetables are usually red, purple or blue. Anthocyanin is great thing to put in your body, not only does it boost memory it also an antioxidant that fights cancer, aging, neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes and bacterial infections. Interestingly, phytochemicals benefit our mind and body synergistically in whole food form. This means that the benefits from the nutrients in fruits and vegetables when consumed in whole form are greater than the sum of their parts. It has not been conclusively proven that we can get anthocyanin and the needed phytochemicals from supplements, so it's definitely necessary to eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. In conclusion, while supplements and multi-vitamins are good for you they cannot replace the fruits and vegetables below in your diet.

Tip: If you don't have the time, patience or expertise to prepare fruits and vegetables for consumption make a healthy shake with a blender. Add your protein, your whole food fruits and vegetables (Make sure to eat the skin as well) and blend away! Blending whole foods is definitely superior to juicing. Juicing isn't bad for you but it removes a lot of the important nutrients.

Blueberries – Are shown to do wonderful things for the memory and the brain in general. Old rats that are fed blueberries score the same on memory tests as young rats. Also a great, healthy snack!  
Acai Berries – With proven ORAC antioxidant levels higher than any other berry ever tested Acai's unique combination of health properties make it a true super food for brain and body. Interestingly it also contains omega-3, an essential fatty acid for the brain.  
Pomegranate – Pomegranates contain blueberry like level of antioxidants, which your brain craves. An excellent way to fend off stress. Opt for the fruit over the juice so you get more fiber.  
Rosemary – Contains carnosic acid which is neuroprotective and helps prevent neurodegenerative brain conditions. Rosemary has for millennia been known to improve brain power, in fact Greek mythology associates it with powers of the mind. Rosemary is also an anti-aging agent for the trans humanists out there. Some studies have shown that the scent of rosemary can improve memory in workers so you may want to keep some by your desk. Take a wiff in the morning!  
Avocado – Contains protein and monounsaturated fat that helps blood circulate faster to the brain. Avocado & Eggs makes for a Limitless power breakfast.  
Bananas – Contain about 3rd of your daily Vitamin B6 intake. B6 is essential to cognition, memory and the feel good hormones receptivity.  
Apples - Red apples contain a high amount of anthocynanin in their skin and quercetin which is also a brain power phytochemical.  
Spinach – Spinach boosts memory due to its folic acid. A half cooked cup of spinach provide 2/3rd of your daily folic acid requirement.  
Onions – Red onions are another good source of anthocyanin and quercetin. Onions have been used as a folk remedy for improving memory in India for centuries.  
Broccoli – Broccoli is a good source of quercetin and folic acid.  
Red Beats – More quercetin and folic acid.  
Grapes - Red, purple and black grapes contain quercetin and anthocyanin. Red wine contains a lot of good phytochemicals but more than a glass day may negate the effects.  
Cherries - Another red food that is a good source of anthocyanin.  
Eggplant – Another source of anthocyanin and nasunin, an antioxidant that protects the lipids in brain cell membranes.  
Curcumin – Spice used in India, elevates neurotropic factors, helps with depression, eliminates memory deficits  
Garlic – Get ready to repel vampires with your fire breath! If you can stand it, fresh garlic is one of the most potent nutritional weapons in your arsenal. It does a Rockstar job on your cardiovascular system in addition to giving your brain more antioxidants. Avoid: chopped or pealed garlic as it has no nutritional benefits.  
Vegetables and fruit are packed with antioxidant vitamins along with minerals and fiber. Experts urge you to eat as much and as many fruits and veggies as you can pack in—10 servings if you want. (A serving is one whole fruit or vegetable, a half-cup cooked or 1 cup raw greens.)

Psychology Today encouraged reader to think color when browsing the produce isle at the grocery store. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Looking for a quicker fix? Drink V-8 Juice.

 

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