Brain Health

Eating for Brain Health

I am working on a series of articles about how to keep your brain healthy, with some focus on the aging brain.  Everyday we make choices that can affect how the brain functions.  Some may not be aware that the brain is an organ, and exercise, meditation, nutrition, and essential oils affect the health of the brain.  Throughout this series, I will focus on which foods are best for the brain-these are sometimes called brainy foods.  The series will include topics such as eating smart for a healthier brain, how to boost your brain health, staying sharp, common vitamins and supplements for brain health, the aging brain,  the omegas and much more.  If you want to know more about the brain, keep watch for these post and share.  Take care of your brain.

Topic 1  Eating for  Brain Health

Most of us have heard about superfoods and probably eat them from time to time, but experts tell us that adding these foods to your daily diet will increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain.  Everyone is more than likely aware that as we age chronologically, our body ages right along with our age.  However, we don’t need to succumb to brain aging as if there is nothing we can do to help ourselves.  Research is showing that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into your golden years if you add some of the superfoods to your daily eating habits.

Harvard Health Publications in an article entitled “Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food”, points out that “Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.”

Brainberries: Blueberries is what Steven Pratt, MD, author of Superfoods RX: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, calls these sweet little fruits brainberries and for a good reason.  Pratt, who is also on staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital in LaJolla, California, says that in “animal studies researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.”  Other studies also show that when we eat plenty of blueberries, our capacity for learning improves.  Ann Kulze, MD, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss, recommends adding at least 1 cup of blueberries a day in any form—fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried.  So, we can eat blueberries to firm up our brain health and slim down our waistline.  Sounds like a winner to me.

Pomegranate juice also offers potent antioxidant benefits that may protect the brain from the damage of free radicals.  David Perlmutter, MD, author of The Better Brain Book states that “Probably no part of the body is more sensitive to the damage from free radicals as is the brain.”  Dr. Perlmutter is a board certified neurologist.  We’ve all heard of eating a colorful plate.  Blueberries and pomegranate  are certainly colorful and are important to add to our diets for brain wellness, and as we age, it seems it is more valuable than ever.

 

One of the reasons I love NingXia red so much is because it contains blueberry and pomegranate juice.  It is really an amazing drink.  When I don’t get a chance to eat a colorful plate the way I should, I take a 2 ounce shot of NingXia Red, and I’m on my way.  An amazing beautiful red colorful drink.

 

 

 

What is NingXia Red?

First off, NingXia Red is a superfruit supplement containing wolfberry, blueberry, pomegranate, apricot, plum, aronia, cherry, and raspberry juices with organic blue agave, grape pomace, vitamin C, grape seed extract, vanilla extract, pectin and lemon an orange essential oils. [1]

NingXia Red was created in 1993, by Young Living founder, Gary Young. It’s intended to boost overall health and increase energy levels. I do like the longevity of the company and the fact the drink uses all natural ingredients and that it is available on the official website.

 

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