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Ten drinks that can make you smarter

The Daily Meal Logo By Dr. Deepa Verma of The Daily Meal | Slide 1 of 11

Get smart

What a world it would be if you could waltz into the supermarket and find drinks labeled, “Get smart,” “Be strong,” “Fountain of Youth,” “Lose weight” and “Lift my mood.” Unfortunately, life isn’t scripted that way—and products that do claim they’re great for helping you lose weight or boost strength are usually packed full of sugar, and not good for you at all.

I’ve chosen a list of drinks that actually do boost brain power. These drinks can make you feel like your IQ has increased. They’re not special products manufactured by a particular company, they’re just extremely healthy choices. It’s also important to know what drinks to avoid in order to be kind to your brain. Moderate alcohol intake is fine, and can be beneficial, but going overboard not only harms the liver, but causes brain fog, too—and it's cumulative. Sugary drinks are not just bad for your heart and waistline, but over time, they cause significant neurological issues, affecting memory and concentration. Drinks with artificial sweeteners and dyes are toxic to the brain, eventually affecting normal cognition. Studies have shown them to be carcinogenic and mutagenic. So start playing some "brain games" on your smart phone or do it the old-fashioned way with crossword puzzles, and grab one of these drinks to amp up your intelligence.

-By Dr. Deepa Verma

© Young fashionable woman in glasses drinking a hot drink

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