5 Surprising Brain-Boosting Foods

Having a high IQ is not enough. You also need the right amount of nutrients to get your brain to work in hyperdrive. Check out these 5 brain-boosting foods. How many of them have you had in the last five days? 

Think of the brain as the human body’s CPU. It directs not just our every thought but also every movement, every feeling. But just like the body, it required nourishment via food. There are actually even foods that specifically help the brain function at optimum levels. Here are a few surprising ones.


Believe it or not, this pinoy breakfast staple is filled with brain-boosting substance called choline, found in the yolk. It helps in maintaining memory and keeps us alert.

Nuts and Seeds

Snacking on peanuts before the big quiz does have scientific basis. According to Dr. Steven Pratt, author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, nuts are good sources of Vitamin E which helps protect the brain. He even advises people to eat an ounce a day of nuts. Noted, doctor!

Salmon, Sardines and Herring

These fish varieties are rich in Omega-3 essential acids that are important in building and creating brain cells, thus improving memory and speeding up cognitive function.


Long considered to be too fatty, avocadoes have one saving grace. It boosts thinking and memory. This fruit is so rich in monounsaturated fat that it contributes to healthy blood flow in the brain, prevents blood clotting, and can lower cholesterol levels.


Who would have thought that this often ignored and discounted as just a siding or garnish has a super function? Aside from being very easy to digest, cabbage—especially the raw one—contains vitamins A,B,C,D and E. Some people, in fact, swear by water of Sauerkcrauf (or sour cabbage). Its water, apparently, can imprve memory and fortify brain function.