5 “Smart” Foods

Our brain is the most mysterious organ that is known. Scientists work every day on understanding certain aspects of it but with every answer they find, 2 more questions appear.

The data about our brain is almost infinite. Scientists have found what substances that our brain needs to be healthy.

There are some foods that are proven to make our brains healthier. Here are the Top 5:

Fish

Its super powera are the Omega-3 acids which help our brain in several ways. They help coat our neurons with good fats, which allows them to move easily through our brain. Omega-3 acids also help our brain to get more oxygen but the most important thing they do is enable our brain to learn new information and keep the old ones stored and easily accessed.

 

Walnuts

In addition to the Omega-3 acids, walnuts also have Omega-6, Folate, vitamin E, and vitamin B6 which are helping our brain to think clearly. 

 

Broccoli

Despite its taste, when you learn how much is useful for you, the consumption will be worth it. This food has Vitamin K which prevents calcification in the brain. That is a hardening of the arteries, one of the Alzheimer symptoms. 

 

Eggs

They contain a substance called Choline, which plays a role in developing our brain and improving our memory. This substance is also important for pregnant women and the developing of their child. The vitamin B12 that can be found in eggs fights against brain shrinkage which is a case for people with Alzheimer.

 

Dark Chocolate

In addition to the overall enjoyment of eating chocolate, it will also help you improve cognitive function. Chocolate increases the blood flow to your brain and also has a chemical called Phenyl Ethylamine, which is the chemical our brain produces when we fall in love. So eating this sweet snack can help you elevate your mood and also treat depression.

 


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PS, Alzheimer’s

Phosphatidylserine also known as PS  is a supplement that addresses the region of the outside of a nerve cell. 

There have been a series of studies, albeit smaller ones, that point in the direction of PS being highly successful in addressing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s plus other diseases associated with aging.

Daily supplementation with PS resulted in a decrease in overall mental decline and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease results in the reduced integrity of  brain cells (neurons) which the results in memory loss and other debilitating symptoms.

PS  works by strengthening cell membranes itself. Think of it as a “coat of armor” for the nerve cells, so to speak. 

Though the jury is still out, PS is very promising.

On a side note, it is also effective in improving memory for anyone.


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Allergies are Back and Here’s What To Do

Sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and fatigue. Welcome back, Allergies! ‘Tis the season yet again.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people.

Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system.”

Fortunately, there are things that can be done and are effective. They are as follows:

  1. Butterbur. This herb is at least as good if not better than antihistamines AND will not make you sleepy or drowsy. Inexpensive and easy to find also.
  2. Bump up the intake of Omega 3s in the form of salmon, flax seeds, chia seeds or supplement with fish oils. This will reduce the overall inflammation in the body and elevate the immune system too.
  3. Increase citrus foods. These will provide ample amounts of Vitamin C which as with #2, will elevate immunity and reduce inflammation. Also, Vitamin C (along with NAC) will reduce the amount of mucus.
  4. Salt Therapy (Halotherapy). It may be THE most effective treatment for  allergies. Salt is a natural anti-microbial which has an affinity for the lungs and respiratory system. It will both heal and prevent allergies along with other respiratory ailments.


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