Herbal Brain Foods
Herbs. Our next line of defense in brain foods is Herbs. Many herbs are extremely beneficial for long-term
mental acuity and can be used on a regular basis to nourish and restore our brain's health.
It is suggested that we use herbs on a rotational basis of 5 days on, 2 days off, repeated
for up to 3 months. Rest for 3 to 4 weeks, then repeat the cycle again.
Usual adult dosages are:
- Capsules. 3 capsules 2x daily
Use 1/2 to 1 tsp. 2 or 3x daily
- Tea. Drink 1 cup of herbal tea 3x daily.
Here is a list of herbs that qualify as brain foods:
- Ginkgo Biloba. This herb is like the super brain food. More than 50 studies show the effectiveness of Ginkgo for
treating dementia from strokes and early Alzheimer's disease.
The trick though, is not to wait until you have dementia - rather, start now, tests show that it is more effective in preventing that repairing.
Ginkgo also prevents and treats age-related memory loss and poor circulation. It increases cerebral blood flow and increases long and short term memory. It is a powerful antioxidant.
Note: (Do not combine with blood thinning medications or high doses of Vit E.)
- Siberian Ginseng. Restores memory, increases stamina, stabilizes blood sugar and boosts the immune system. Like ginkgo, ginseng protects nerve cells from beta-amyloid and other toxins.
Ginseng is an adaptogen. Adaptogens help your body adapt - and deal with stress. Stress can cause certain areas of the brain to atrophy.
- Rosemary. Contains lots of antioxidants that mop up free radicals. It also
contains compounds that help prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine. Rosemary is known as the
"herb of remembrance" because of it's memory-enhancing properties.
Rosemary shampoo and lotion, rosemary tea, and rosemary in the bathwater have effects similar to
several of the Alzheimers disease drugs.Rosemary is very safe. It absorbs through the skin
and can possibly cross the blood-brain barrier. You can purchase rosemary shampoos and lotions
or just add rosemary tincture to your favorite shampoo or lotion for the same effect.
- Brazil Nut. Is known to be one of the richest sources of lecithin. Lecithin
contains choline. Other herbs which fall into this same category include Dandelion Flowers (if you pick them from your yard be sure that there have been no chemicals used for fertilizer or to kill weeds), Poppy Seeds, Soybeans, and Mung Beans.
- Fenugreek Leaves. Contain choline. Try steaming these leaves for a different way to eat them.
Fenugreek leaves are also a good source of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant.
- Oatstraw. Oatstraw is high in vitamin B and B vitamins are one of the things that are beneficial for cognition in the brain.
- Stinging Nettle Nettle contains the mineral boron which doubles levels
of hormone estrogen. Estrogen helps improve short-term memory and elevate the mood. You
can wildcraft your own stinging nettle but remember that it has a nasty "sting." Take your gloves.
- Herbs Good For The Heart. We should also include herbs that are good for the
since the heart pumps blood to the brain which carries life giving oxygen. Some of these
herbs are ginger, cayenne, ginkgo, gotu kola, and bilberries. Berries such as blue berries and raspberries are also good here.
If you haven't checked the regular brain foods be sure to go do that now.
Some important brain food vitamins we need to include in our list are:
- Calcium - found in kelp, dulce, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, sesame seeds and kale,
seaweed (sprinkle seaweed powder on your food instead of salt)
- Vitamin B - found in whole grains, brown rice, nutritional yeast, kefir, spirolina, yogurt and oatmeal
- Vitamin E - daily dose of 400 IU appears to protect brain cells. Vitamin E is found in green leafy
vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds, whole grains, olive oil, stinging nettle, oatstraw, and raspberry leaf.
- Vitamin C - 2,000 to 6,000 mg daily may also protect brain cells. Found in most berries, fruits and
vegetables, in stinging nettle, oatstraw, burdock root, kelp, raspberry leaves and red clover.
- Lecithin - Contains choline, thereby increasing concentrations of acetylcholine in the brain and helping to maintain healthy
levels of neurotransmitters. Taken in doses of up to 10 grams daily, lecithin is an excellent
preventive for age-related memory disorders. Many foods containing lecithin are listed above or you can purchase a suppliment.
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