Food for “Thought”
Many of us grew up hearing from our parents that it was important to eat fish because, well, it’s brain food. It turns out they were right. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association proved that fish is indeed good for the brain and that it may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It’s best to stick with fish that have a lot of oil, especially fresh caught salmon.
But did you know that there are many other foods that give your brain the necessary nutrients? In addition to fish, here’s the rest of the top six on my ‘feed your brain’ hit parade!
Blueberries – Many studies have concluded that the antioxidants in blueberries can help improve memory and cognitive function and lower dementia risks in older adults.
Nuts & seeds – Walnuts are a leading nut for brain health, as they have a high concentration of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid. Almonds excel in providing natural vitamin E, which is known to prevent cognitive decline, boost alertness, and preserve the memory. Cashews and sunflower seeds both contain an amino acid that helps boost serotonin levels and alleviate stress. Pumpkin seeds are high in DHA with an added boost of brain healthy zinc.
Avocados – The monounsaturated fat in avocados contributes to healthy blood flow which nourishes the brain.
Broccoli, spinach, and leafy greens – These three viable veggies are all rich in vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta-carotene which contribute to a healthy brain and a sharper memory.
Green tea – A study conducted by the University of San Francisco found that the polyphenols in green tea can boost availability of the important brain substance, dopamine, which is crucial for creating a positive mood. Yet another recent study showed that EGCG in green tea can somehow counter the effects of bad dietary choices.
So What Else Can I Do?
We now have a simple blood test that can tell the status of your cell walls! This is quite amazing. The physician who developed this test studied the effect of fatty acids on the performance of soldiers in combat while he was in the Army in Iraq. The results were so impressive that he continued his research after leaving the Army and developed BrainSpan™. The name refers to the lifespan of the brain.
You place a drop of blood on a card which gets mailed to a lab. The lab test assesses the fatty acids that compose the walls of your blood cells. You then go online and do a short series of cognitive tests that measure your thinking skills.
This assessment tells us your risk for health problems and early signs of brain aging and poor brain health. It also tells us if you are producing too many pro-inflammatory chemicals which can lead to significant health problems including autoimmune disorders and heart disease.
Once we have the results we can develop a program to improve any poor scores. If you have some scores that are not in the optimal range, you should be retested in three months to measure your progress. Once you reach the “good” range you retest once a year.
Now it is possible to find out your health status on a cellular level! This is an amazing opportunity to really help you see, for real, how your body is doing and then be able to do something about it.
Who should have this test? Everyone with a brain! Starting the right thing now can slow down the progression of negative mental changes.
Pregnant women, please find out the health of your cells. The baby’s brain and body develop in the womb based on your health. Your baby needs the right food and vitamins to develop correctly. If mom is deficient, the baby is, too.
The BrainSpan test is normally $199 but through August 31, 2018, we are offering the special price of only $89. Call and schedule an appointment for your BrainSpan test today!