You already know that eating healthy foods can help you look and feel incredible. It makes sense since healthy foods are generally brimming with vitamins and minerals that benefit our bodies, inside and out.

So does it surprise you that there are even foods that can raise your IQ?!

We're so serious! It may sound crazy, but research shows that specific foods support a healthy brain and increase brain function.

If you’re ready to stock your kitchen and fill your plate with brain-supporting foods — take note. These are the seven healthy foods that’ll boost your IQ.

1. Berries

Berries are a delicious and naturally sweet, wholesome treat that can boost your brainpower. Blueberries and strawberries, in particular, are bursting with antioxidants that prevent neurological disorders.

Most notably, berries contain anthocyanidins. Which are flavonoids responsible for the gorgeous berry hues we all know and love. Anthocyanidins can help lessen mental decline, keeping our brains young and fit for longer.

And as a bonus, it's straightforward (and fun!) to incorporate berries into your diet. They are lovely in juices and smoothies, as snacks, as part of a wholesome breakfast, and in desserts.

2. Walnuts

Sometimes when we think of nuts, we think of those greasy, salty snack mixes that, though addictively tasty, seem anything but healthy.

But nuts offer many health benefits, especially when you eat them raw and in moderation. When it comes to improving our cognitive abilities, walnuts truly stand out from the pack (or the tree branch, as it were.)

  • Researchers link walnut consumption to:
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Reduced risk for developing dementia
  • Significantly better memories
  • Greater motor skills
  • Better learning abilities
  • Less stress
It sounds like solid IQ-building properties to us!

And they are another easy-to-enjoy food. You can add walnuts to salads, stir-fries, pasta, baked goods, cereals, and snack mixes. They add a crunch and creaminess that is singular and absolutely delectable.

3. Fish

Eating fish can help boost your IQ, mainly fish of the fatty persuasion. Research suggests that salmon, trout, tuna, and mackerel are some of the top fatty fish dietary options.

This is because fatty fish offer DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA promotes healthy brain function and slashes the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as you age.

Vegetarians and vegans can reap the same benefits by eating plant-based foods high in DHA, such as seaweed, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

4. Leafy Green Veggies

You knew this one was coming, right?

It’s common knowledge that leafy greens are healthy for our bodies. But which green veggies and why may help you better select the ones you want to add to your meals.

Foods like broccoli, collards, spinach, and kale are bursting with folate, lutein, vitamin K, and beta carotene.

Why does that matter?

Well, these essential nutrients support healthy and lasting cognitive function. They can help whip your thought processes into shape and keep your mind young and flexible for longer.

Get at least one serving each day of your favourite leafy green to reap their cognitive benefits. Green leafy veggies work in everything from salads to stir-fries. Although they are best eaten raw or gently steamed to keep their health properties.

5. Avocados

Avocados are pretty easy to love. They’re tasty, decadent, and amazingly packed with health benefits.

The fat that avocados provide supports blood and oxygen flow to the brain and keeps brain cell membranes nimble. So while you’re enjoying munching on some ‘cado, they are going to work to support your brain’s blood supply and ward off cognitive disorders.

They also prevent stroke and seizures, both of which, of course, can cause bodily damage from head to toe.
You probably don't need any tips on how to eat them — adding a bit of perfectly ripe avocado to just about any dish makes it so much better.

You may worry about splurging on a couple of avocados at the store or paying the upcharge on guacamole at your favourite Mexican restaurant.

But remember:

They are not only delicious, but they are boosting your IQ, too!

6. Dark Chocolate

Research shows that munching on dark chocolate increases gamma frequencies in the cerebral cortical brain regions. This benefits memory and sensory perception.

Researchers measured study participants' neuroplasticity levels 30 to 120 minutes after ingesting dark chocolate, suggesting that it takes effect quickly.

So snack on dark chocolate when studying for an exam or before a job interview to improve your memory and stay mentally sharp!

But remember, it’s not just any dark chocolate; 70% cacao and higher is best for boosting that IQ.

7. Beans

Beans don't always get enough attention and are not typically a regular part of the American diet.

But beans are a superb source of protein, are low in fat, and versatile enough so you can add them to all sorts of delicious meals.
And yes, they are little brain boosters, too!  Since they are a tremendous source of B vitamins, beans can help your body produce neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters share signals between nerves and muscles. They work continuously to keep our brains functioning at optimal levels.

Eat more beans by noshing on:

  • Black bean burgers
  • Indian-style lentil dal curry
  • Classic multi-bean chilli
  • Soups like minestrone

Just about ready to bolt to your nearest market?

Can’t say we blame you!

Remember to keep these seven IQ-boosting foods in mind so you can eat your way to a healthier, more powerful brain. You may not know precisely how these fab foods will impact your diet, but you can be sure it will be worth every nibble.

[Author Bio]

Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Evolve South Bay with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Evolve South Bay the place to call home.