Top Five Brain Health Foods

WILD SALMON

Clearly one of the healthiest foods that you can eat.  Wild Salmon is not only an incredible brain health food, it qualifies across virtually every other health standard as well.  One of the best sources of Essential Fatty Acids (such as the all-important Omega-3), Wild Salmon is a rich source of high quality, non-land animal protein as well as being low in saturated fat.  Generally, Wild Salmon has among the lowest levels of contaminants (such as Mercury) among seafood.  All these add up to help push it up to the top of the chart.  Wild Salmon can help do everything from improving your brain matter, your mood, your synaptic connections, your arteries, to reducing your risk of stroke, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

CACAO BEANS

To enjoy the benefits of the cacao bean, it must be minimally processed.  This bean is a veritable powerhouse of cognitive enhancement, mood and bliss enhancement (thanks in part to the Theobromine), antioxidents, flavonoids, catechins and many other brain and body enhancing elements.

RECIPE:  Mix a large spoonful of 100% organic cocoa powder with a bit of espresso, organic unsweetened soy milk, cinnamon and a sprinkle of cayenne red pepper.  This brain and body fueling drink will help kick-start your morning or afternoon.


MATCHA

When you drink Matcha, stone-ground Gyokuru green tea powder, you are not only drinking, arguably, the highest-quality, most carefully cultivated green tea variety, you are consuming the entire tea leaf, in powdered form mixed with hot (not boiling) water.  The powder itself is so rich in chlorophyl (from the shade growing) that it is literally bright green.  When mixed with water, it becomes a rich, bitter-sweet, Kermit-colored concoction whose effects you can actually feel almost immediatly.

 

ACAI BERRIES / BLUEBERRIES (TIE)

There are many health benefits from the highly unusual South American native berry called Acai.  A berry that possesses not only all of the antioxidents, vitamin and brain benefits of other purple berries such as blueberries and blackberries but also, oddly, contains Essential Fatty Oils and is even high in protein.  With proven ORAC antioxident levels higher than any other berry ever tested, Acai’s unique combination of health properties make it a true super food for brain and body.  We are talking about fresh Acai berries, not some pill claiming to contain Acai.  That is where the challenge comes in.  Acai needs to be processed quickly (flash-freeze dried or flash-frozen) to get the full health benefits of the berry outside South America.

Then there are blueberries.  It didn’t seem fair to leave this time-honored, well-researched super food off the list, particularly given its reputation as the brain berry and its wide availability in fresh, original form in North America.  Given how relatively easy it is to add them to your daily diet, the combination of the proven health benefits with ready availability make it a no-brainer to consider eating blueberries daily if possible.

 

COFFEE BEANS

The coffee bean, much like the cacao bean, is incredibly rich with antioxidents, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.  Fresh-ground, gently roasted coffee bean powder has numerous brain and body health benefits, including the caffeine content, which has recently been shown to be good for the brain, particularly in the area of antioxidents.  Regular coffee consumption has been shown to actually reduce the risk of mental decline and diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Problems arise when coffee is combined with unhealthy things, or it is weak, over-extracted and of poor quality.  Generally speaking, when properly consumed in ideal forms such as pure espresso, the coffee bean is a true super food.

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