Cherries nourish the brain.

Cherries nourish the brain.

In the dead of winter, our brains often feel a little bit dead too, thanks to the many carbohydrates and fat-laden foods that many of us consumed during the holidays. Sometimes we consume sugary, caffeinated or chemical-laden foods because they seem to improve our mood or thinking, but unfortunately, the heightened alertness and clarity are often very short-lived, giving us a brief high, followed by a big crash and a return to lethargy and foggy thinking.

Raw Superfoods Help Make You Smarter

Superfoods are considered to be superior to ordinary foods because of their high nutritional content and low-fat content. These six food have numerous phytonutrients and special compounds that nourish the brain, improve your cognitive function and help lift your mood in a way that is sustained for a number o hours.

1. Walnuts

Walnuts are full of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory components and provide an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid.  This “good fatty acid” improves blood circulation, which in turn helps promote the expedient delivery of oxygen to the brain. This sustains brain function, including cognitive function.

Walnuts can be enjoyed as a snack, baked in loaves of bread or even ground up and added to smoothies.  Walnut oil can be used as a salad dressing.

2. Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is a rich vegetarian source of choline that helps the brain produce acetylcholine. This is a neurotransmitter that boosts memory.  Wheat germ also has B vitamins and plenty of fiber, which is good for balancing blood sugar.

Wheat germ can be added raw to cereals and sprinkled on salad. You can also whirl it into any flavor of smoothie, using a blender.

3.  Goji Berries

The high antioxidant content in Goji berries supports brain function. Compounds in Goji berries fight narrowing of the arteries and supply the body with generous amounts of choline, which is an essential nutrient that combats Alzheimer’s disease.

No special preparation is needed to eat either the dried or the raw form of the berry.  The reason they are sold mostly dried is that the raw berry is very delicate and sometimes does not survive shipping.

The raw berries may be sold on branches or with stems to preserve their freshness in which case it is suggested you separate the fruit from the stem before consuming.

4. Soursop

Soursop is a large green fruit with a creamy, fleshy white interior. It is a native of Central and South America and tastes like a hybrid of banana, strawberry, orange, and pineapple.

Soursop is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is full of B vitamins, vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, protein and healthy fats and carbohydrates. It has all the fuel that your brain needs to run smoothly.

Soursop promotes a general feeling of well-being by boosting your energy and improving your outlook on life. The fruit is also, anti-bacterial, antifungal. It is a known anti-depressant and also has sedative properties that can help put you to sleep.

This is an exotic superfruit that is mostly found in Asian markets. It is eaten sliced into chunks.  Do not eat the seeds. It mixes quite well in a smoothie, especially if you make it an icy one.

6. Blackberries

Blackberries contain proanthocyanins that once ingested, gather in the striatum part of the brain that governs spatial memory.  They also contain ellagitannins that once ingested, rest in the hippocampus, which is the brain’s memory control center.  The generous amounts of C, E and beta-carotene also help disarm cell-damaging free radicals that might circulate in the system.

Blackberries are best eaten raw. Eat a cup a day to receive the most benefits.

6.  Cherries

Cherries contain C0x2 inhibitors, which is exactly what you also find in many powerful pain-killing medications such as Vioxx and Celebrex. They also contain polyphenols that also clarify the blood so that it is not choked with cholesterol or toxins.

Cherries are best eaten raw. Eat a cup of cherries a day for best results.

Would you like to lose weight, improve your cognitive function and boost your general health in a safe and natural way? If so, feel free to contact us at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare website at, or you can call our Toronto Office a (416) 656-8100. We offer naturopathy, iv therapy, diet adviceand other types of naturopathic weight loss care. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at 905 427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.


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