Is Your Brain Starving? Eat More Brain Food

brainDoes your diet include brain food? Do you know the best brain food to support good brain health? Or do phrases such as “brain fog” and “senior moments” resonate with you? Do you have trouble focusing, making decisions, or staying mentally alert? If so, then your brain may be literally starving-for nutrients as well as oxygen and you may need to consider adding more brain food to your diet.

Did You Know That Feeding Your Brain is No Simple Matter?
Your brain is one of the “hungriest” organs in the body, demanding more fuel than other organs. At the same time, the brain is protected behind the “blood brain barrier,” a layer of cells that keeps all but the smallest molecules from reaching the brain. So feeding your brain requires care.

How to Feed Your Brain
Feeding the brain is no simple matter. The blood brain barrier allows only small micronutrients and fat-soluble molecules to pass, yet the brain requires huge quantities of the nutrients and molecules. A hungry brain results in decreased mental alertness as well as affected mood. To feed the brain, you need to focus on specific foods that nourish the brain and can pass through the blood brain barrier.

One of the best ways to feed your brain is to get plenty of brain food with omega-3 fatty acids. Mark Hyman MD asks, “Do you gather wild plants to eat? Do you hunt wild game for your meat? If not, you are likely one of the 99 percent of people who are deficient in the most important ingredient bodies need for normal cell and brain function — omega-3 fatty acids.”

Dr. Hyman explains that your brain is built from fat. And omega-3 fats are the most important building blocks for a healthy brain and cells. Yet, in the last 150 years, we have seen an unprecedented change in our fat intake. Refined omega-6 inflammatory oils, including corn, soy and safflower oils, have replaced omega-3 fats from fish, wild game and wild plants. Specifically, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in our diets has increased from 1-to-1 to 10-to-1 or 20-to-1, and the effects have been disastrous.
Studies show that Americans get far too few of these fatty acids that the brain (made up of 60% fat) needs. In addition, other brain-healthy nutrients include:

  • ALA (alpha lineoleic acid)
  • B vitamins
  • antioxidants
  • protein (raises levels of mood-boosting neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine)
  • plus many more…

If figuring out how to get some or all of the above nutrients seems too complicated for you, check out this simple recipe for brain food supplementation:

Food for Thought Program
Consider this formula if your lifestyle involves a lot of thinking.

Gabriel Cousens, M.D. on AFA Blue-Green Algae
Gabriel Cousens, MD, published two case studies on the use of AFA blue-green algae in the improvement of Alzheimer’s disease. He reported “some significant return of function” such as decreased hand tremors, better balance, and improved short term memory, attention span, judgment, and reasoning”.

If you need to improve your brain food, consider supplementing your diet with high quality blue green alage products. It’s a win-win. Your brain gets the nutrient support it needs and you benefit from a sharper, healthier working brain.

 

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