Back in my computer programming days I learned the term GIGO which means garbage in garbage out. GIGO is a great concept and can be applied to many things like cooking (think cheap buffets), building projects (like cutting corners on building new homes) and of course your body (I think you get the point).
Many times during my marathon 5 hour anatomy and physiology class I see students snacking on the worst possible stuff. I understand that 5 hours is bit of a stretch and one tends to get hungry but donuts, fritos, chips, and the mystery special from the cafeteria are probably not the best choices. I know when I eat junk I feel junky.
Well now there is some new research to support the ole GIGO concept one step further. This study conducted by scientists from MIT (home of some major brainiacs) shows that good nutrition can actually help increase intelligence. Well, at least in cute little gerbils, but you have to start somewhere.
The team led by Richard Wurtman, MD gave a group of gerbils a combination of brain building nutrients including choline, uridine monophosphate (UMP) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). These nutrients are found in eggs, beets and fish oils. Of course there was a gerbil control group that did not get the primo nutrients.
They then tested both groups of gerbils by running them in mazes and what do think happened? Well not only did the nutrient fed group perform better but their little gerbil brains also showed signs of increased activity which is linked to higher intelligence.
The researchers are encouraged about using nutrients to improve intelligence in humans.
So next time you are sitting in a seemingly boring lecture, reach for a tuna sandwich or a hard boiled egg. You can also do what I do and take these nutrients in supplement form (hey I need all the help I can get!).