Memory Foods: Meats and Proteins

Is meat a memory food?

By Jonathan Roseland

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Protein should supply about 15% of your brainpower diet calorie intake.

It is used to manufacture brain tissues, neurotransmitters, enzymes, and a variety of other brain chemicals. Select between five ounces (for women) and eight ounces (for men) from these sorts of animal protein sources...

  • Lean meats.
  • Fatty fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, sardines, and other seafood.
  • Skinless poultry.
  • Organ meats.
  • Skim and low-fat dairy products.


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Egg yolks contain Choline, a nutrient composed of two fat-like molecules the brain needs to function. Another excellent source of protein and the good fats your brain loves. The selenium in organic eggs is also a mood booster. The Plant ParadoxFrom one of my favorite books about nutrition, The Plant Paradox...

Egg yolks are virtually pure fat, and one your brain needs to function properly. Try a three-yolk, one-whole-egg omelet cooked in coconut oil or ghee, and filled with sliced avocado, mushrooms, and onions. Sprinkle with turmeric, and splash it with more ghee or macadamia, perilla, or olive oil before serving. (p. 266)

Half of the fat in your brain is DHA, and the other half arachidonic acid (AA)—a great source of which is egg yolks. Studies show that people with the highest levels of omega-3 fats in their blood have a better memory and a bigger brain than people with the lowest levels. (p. 282)

Seafood and fish

The Limitless meat group! For those seeking a limitless mind and body, fish is quite simply one of the best things you can consume. In fact, in the movie Limitless, in the scene where the protagonist has that dynamic lunch meeting with the Wall Street tycoon, I believe they are eating fish!

A diet of fish should be a part of your personal recipe for grandeur. This food group is rich in the essential fatty acids your brain craves; Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. Here are a few of the benefits of these acids...

  • The brainpower chemical ingredient in the omega oils is DHA. High levels of DHA translate into these sorts of benefits; reduced stress, increased neuroplasticity (your capacity to adapt and learn), and interestingly if you live a healthy lifestyle with lots of DHA consumption, you will pass these health benefits onto your children.
  • A mood lifter that saves you from the stress of your limitless lifestyle. Improves your serotonin metabolism and optimizes the hormones that affect mood - limiting depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity.
  • Improved cognition and alertness.
  • Improved long and short-term memory.
  • Reduced risk of degenerative diseases (such as dementia).
  • Protects against a wide variety of cancers.
  • The significant levels of omega-3 amino fatty acids in tuna and other fish offer worthwhile protection against macular degeneration (AMD) of the eyes, a condition in which vision is lost.
  • Omega-3 aminos assist the cardiovascular system by helping in the prevention of irregular heart rhythms, decreasing the likelihood of blood clots, and improving the proportion of good (HDL) cholesterol to potentially dangerous (LDL) cholesterol. Also, omega-3s reduce inflammation, and thereby the conversion of cholesterol into artery-clogging plaques.
  • Promotes detoxification and is critical for a healthy liver.
  • Improves insulin response and reduces the chances of obesity.

Which seafood should you be eating?

Tuna – Tuna is one of the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat. It contains high-quality protein, the minerals selenium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin B complex, and omega-3 fatty acids for memory power. In fact, Tuna, particularly yellowfin tuna, has one of the highest levels of Vitamin B6 - studies have shown that it is directly linked to memory, cognition, and long-term brain health. Generally, B vitamins are among the most important for balancing your mood. B6 in particular influences dopamine receptors (dopamine is one of your "feel good" hormones along with serotonin).


Wild Salmon – Another excellent limitless fish. Wild salmon improves your brain matter, synaptic connections, mood, and arteries along with reducing your risk of stroke, Alzheimer's, and Dementia. Wild Salmon also has one of the lowest amounts of contaminants (like mercury) of any seafood. Not only a phenomenal food for mental health, but it also qualifies as spectacular across pretty much every other health standard and is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. End of story (but avoid farmed salmon!)

Oysters – Another great seafood rich in selenium, protein, magnesium, and multiple other nutrients important to mental health. One study reported that males who consumed oysters had improved cognition, mental states, and mood. Not all shellfish are good for you but Oysters should be on your shopping list. Oysters help to keep the libido strong.

Try to make wild fish and shellfish a significant portion of your protein intake, but avoid any farm-raised fish (do not be fooled by claims that it is organic), particularly salmon, tilapia, catfish, or shrimp... Avoid fish high on the food chain such as swordfish, grouper, tilefish, and sushi-grade tuna, which accumulate more mercury and other heavy metals. (pp. 218-219)

What if you are a vegetarian or don't like fish?

While there is no exact substitute for the natural combination of brainpower protein, fats, and vitamins in fish you can get your intake of omega oils from fish oil capsules and you can take protein supplements.

Here's the bad news about meat and protein; the dirty little secret about pricey "organic" or "non-GMO" animals is that a lot of them are corn or soy-fed - which is rife with toxins and antibiotics! Getting organic, non-toxic meat is tricky but more affordable than you might think. I break that all down in my book review of The Plant Paradox, here...


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