Food for Thought – Literally!

food for thoughtOne of the easiest ways to enhance your brain power is to feed yourself brain boosting food and vitamins.  These foods and supplements are “food for thought” – literally!

In my research on brain boosting vitamins and foods I’ve come across a number of recommendations, some of which I will share with you here.  Now, I’m not a physician so do your own homework and consult your doctor if you plan to implement any of the brain vitamin recommendations I give you.

Below is a list of brain foods and vitamins that may improve your brain function.  As you add more of these brain vitamins and foods to your diet you should monitor your progress to see the kind of benefit you get.  Experiment and see what the right mix is for you.

1. B-vitamins

An Oxford University study conducted with people who had memory problems showed that those who took vitamin showed a slowing of brain atrophy.   B vitamins, like B6, B12,  and folic acid are known to maintain levels of  homocysteine.   Elevated levels of homocysteine, an amino acid are linked with higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

You can get your dose of vitamin B through a good supplement or in foods like cereal grains, bananas, vegetables, eggs, fish, and even sunflower seeds.

2.  Lecithin

Sometimes used to aid alzheimers patients lecithin can be found in soybeans, egg yolks, wheat germ, and supplements.

3.  Green Tea

An overall health tonic, green tea has been touted for it’s great health benefits for thousands of years.  It has actually been used as a medicine in China for several thousand years.  The polyphenols in green tea have found to have positive benefits against some types of cancer, aids in weight loss, is good for those with diabetes, calms digestion and may even help those with acne problems.

Macca or matcha powder is a green tea super food that may be more than 10 times more powerful than green tea itself.   The real macca is used in Japanese tea ceremonies and is made from shade grown tea leaves.  Laid out flat the tea becomes Tencha and is crushed into a powder to make matcha.

As an aside, Starbucks makes a great green tea latte that has purported to be made with matcha powder.  Whether it is the real stuff or not I am not sure.  It is, however, tasty!

4.  Blueberries

This wonder fruit may help protect the brain from stress and reduce the impact of age related diseases like Alzheimers.    Great to be eaten fresh or frozen, I like to put it in shakes or add it to cereal.

5.  Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba may help brain memory and circulation, as well as cerebral insufficiency especially for those who exhibit signs of memory impairment.

6.  Ginseng

Ginseng is a great energy booster and appears to lower the level of the hormone cortisol that is released during the stress response.  As you may have seen in the brain power video featuring Brain Longevity author and expert, Dharma Sing Khalsa, cortisol is one of the prime ingredients in brain deterioration.

There are many different types of ginseng on the market and either Siberian or American should be beneficial.

7.  Salmon

Salmon, especially Wild Salmon, is purported to offer a bevy of benefits due mainly to it’s high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids.  If you aren’t a fish eater, you can pick up some Omega 3 capsules.

These are a few of the brain foods and vitamins that may help you boost your brain power.   Just a little food for thought!

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