Ways To Nourish Your Brain

As we age, our brains age as well. We become more forgetful and slow. In the worst of cases, this can lead to dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. You might still be in your 20’s and 30’s and have a hard time remembering the person’s name you just met a few seconds ago. Or you have a family member or a friend that has Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. It’s sad and stressful seeing your loved ones in that state. A 2006 study estimated that 26 million people throughout the world suffer from this condition, and that by 2050, the prevalence will quadruple, by which time 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be afflicted with the disease.[1]

There are easy, efficient and delicious ways to prevent that from happening and also it’s not too late to help prevent it and live a healthy vibrant life till the end.

Start by adding these tasty, brain loving ingredients in your spice cabinet:

1. Coconut oil


One of the many benefits of coconut oil is, it can ‘rescue’ the brains of Alzheimer’s patients is by addressing the metabolic derangement in the brain associated with the condition, or what is known as “type 3 diabetes.” As the brain ages, it becomes increasingly resistant to insulin, and therefore incapable of using glucose efficiently to meet its significant energy needs — hence the metaphor “type 3 diabetes.” Thankfully, nature has devised an alternative fuel source for the brain that is independent of glucose utilization and the insulin signaling system, namely, the use of ketone bodies. Coconut oil provides the substrate for the immediate production of these ketone bodies, enabling significant quantities to be produced within a matter of only minutes following ingestion. This metabolic restoration of function may explain why remarkable recoveries in cognitive function and memory have been observed, anecdotally.

2. Spice up your love of food with Curcumin


Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years. Turmeric has countless healing properties from reducing inflammation from your skin, chronic inflammation like arthritis, kills fungus and yeast type infections, helps heal depression without the side effects of Prozac and aids in brain health just to name a few off the top of my head. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, neurorestorative and has metal-chelating properties, which means curcumin has a higher binding affinity for iron and copper rather than zinc, which may contribute to its protective effect in Alzheimer’s disease, as iron-mediated damage may play a pathological role.[21] [22]
You can add turmeric in your soups, curries, teas and smoothies, which is my personal favorite and also take it in capsule form.

3. Enjoy your coffee


You’ve probably heard that coffee is bad for you. That’s not true. In excess, it can cause adrenal fatigue and can mess up your circadian cycle. But enjoying a cup or 2 of a quality organic coffee is great since it has antioxidants in it and, according to two studies (one in a mainstream journal and one in JAMA), it is proven to reduce the risk for Parkinson’s disease. And coffee drinkers are less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Coffee has also been shown to improve short term cognitive functions. How awesome is that?

4. Let your taste buds dance


Enjoying flavonoid rich wine, tea and chocolate increases cognitive performance. There are countless studies on the benefits of dark chocolate. Grab that 70% and higher dark bliss treat and let your endorphin’s dance.

5. Beet root power!


According to Deanna Minich, PhD, founder of Food and Spirit, that beetroot juice can be superior to your brain according to this study. It has countless health benefits like liver support, cardiovascular benefits, improvements in cognitive function from a single dose of beet juice (450 mL = 15.21 ounces)

Additional resources to read are my favourite books on the brain:
Why Isn’t My Brain Working? by Datis Kharrazian
The Wheat Belly By Wlliam Davis
The Grain Brain by Dr. David. Perlmutter

References:
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-coconut-oil-may-rescue-brain-alzheimers-disease
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/how-turmeric-can-save-aging-brain-dementia-and-premature-death
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/beet-juice-boosts-cognitive-function-one-dose

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