I’ve written a lot about the health benefits and negative health consequences of meat. But recent studies found that eating meat might actually make you smarter. So let’s take a look at why this might be, and whether it’s actually true that red meat makes you smarter.
A recent study published in Nature explains that without meat, we probably wouldn’t have made it this far. It goes further to state that we probably wouldn’t be human without meat. Our brains needed animal protein to survive and grow, and we still do. This is good news for meat eater and bad news for vegans. Of course, it just isn’t that simple. There’s more to it, and I’m just simplifying the study to make a point. What I’m actually interested in though is whether eating meat today will boost our brain powers.
Foods such as meat are high in zinc. Zinc has been shown to be vital in improving memory and cognition. Vegetarians can use nuts to boost zinc intake, but some argue that meat is a much better source. Another vital nutrients for the brain is protein, which again is best gotten from meat. Proteins break down into amino acids, which is a major component of the brain. Without this, we couldn’t function. But there is unfortunately not much evidence that eating more protein than required would make us smarter.
So what can make us smarter? Apparently, while meat is important for the healthy functioning of a human brain, it doesn’t do much to boost your intellectual power. In order to do that, you’ll need a brain pill like in the movie “Limitless”, which doesn’t actually exist in real life. Interestingly enough, there are brain supplements available that do come close. When I say close, I mean they increase cognitive functioning, but don’t actually come close to the movie at all. They won’t make you super smart if that’s what you were hoping for.
A brain supplement such as Lumonol might work to make you a little smarter, but meat unfortunately won’t. So if you’re eating lots of steak, don’t do it to boost your brain power, but do it because it tastes good!
By the way, here’s a video I found reviewing a brain supplement for those who are actually interested in finding out whether they can increase their intelligence using pills.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Would you ever take a brain supplement like Lumonol?