We all struggle with the afternoon energy slump … and most of us remedy it with sugary, carb-filled sweets from the vending machine. Psychiatrist and author of The Happiness Diet, Dr. Drew Ramsey, reveals the top six foods to fuel your brain and body all day long.
• Mesclun: Mesclun greens such as beet greens and oak leaf lettuces are chock-full of red pigments called carotenoids, which boost levels of the superdetox molecule glutathione that reduces the oxidation of cholesterol, which leads to plaque build up in the arteries.
• Walnuts: Walnuts are high in omega-3s, full of fiber and contain traces of essential vitamins our bodies need.
• Red beans: Red and black beans are high in anthocyanins, which have been shown to influence communication between cells and protect neurons from the effects of aging.
• Blue or red-skinned small potatoes: The skin is the most nutritious part of the potato and has just as many phytonutrients as broccoli. Molecules in potatoes called kukoamines may slow brain aging and lower blood pressure. Avoid eating potatoes in fried form such as chips and French fries.
• Coffee: A cup of Joe contains phytonutrients that may decrease the risk of brain disorders.
• Chocolate: Chocolate with high concentrations of cacao are loaded with flavonols that improve blood flow to the brain, reduce neuron damage after stroke and protect against dementia. Plus, consuming a small amount of dark chocolate daily can lower blood pressure and blood sugar.