1: Dark Chocolate
Decadently rich in cocoa flavanols (a type of polyphenol), dark chocolate has been shown to reverse signs of cognitive aging and improve blood flow to the brain. Not only that, it will instantly boost your mood and increase the neurotransmitter, serotonin.
Pro-tip: Consume one 85% dark chocolate bar a week (preferably organic and fair trade certified.
They are a phenomenal superfood go-to and have the highest total fat-protecting capacity of any fruit or veggie. Your brain is the fattiest organ in the body which makes a high dose of healthy monounsaturated fats like avos a beautiful pairing for the best brain waves.
This is the ultimate superfood snack (and why not add a few pieces of dark chocolate for the most radiant trail mix?) They are a famously rich source of polyphenols and the fat-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin E, which supports neuroplasticity.
Blueberries, or as neuroscientist Dr. Amen calls them, “brain berries”, are abundant in antioxidants. These blue beauties are simply brimming with flavonoids – a class of polyphenols found throughout other “Genius foods” such as extra virgin olive oil. Which brings us to our next smart food.
5: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) is a must for any genius food lover’s pantry. It’s the easiest to utilize because you can literally pour it on everything (including yourself, it makes a great body lotion.) Olive oil contains a compound called oleo canthal, a type of phenol that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Be diligent about finding the highest quality brands and look for darker bottles that protect its delicate compounds.
6: Dark Leafy Greens
These veggies are your brain’s best bud! Tender greens such as cabbage, kale, and arugula are ripe with folate, magnesium, and fiber which feeds the gut’s biome.
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