Consider herbs to be natural, yet powerful foods. Here are some excellent brain foods packed with nutrition.
- Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba comes from the Chinese ginkgo tree and is a powerful brain food. It can be taken as an extract. Oxygen is extremely important to the brain. Ginkgo biloba is a powerful antioxidant. It helps with memory, circulation, and concentration. It also helps with depression and Alzheimer’s disease. In Japan it became known as the longevity herb, probably because it improves circulation it can lengthen life. It has also been known for helping with hearing loss.
Always keep in mind that any food or herb that helps with oxygen flow is great for the brain. Dr. Daniel Amen who performed more brain scans than other doctor or scientist said that the most beautiful brains he scanned were people who consistently took ginkgo biloba. If you were to take only one herb for the brain this should be it. The effects are said to wear off after 6 to 8 hours so it is best taken in small doses at three times during the day.
- Gotu Kola
Gotu kola helps with several brain functions and thus is a versatile brain food. Other benefits are that it stimulates immune properties. It helps with circulation (always good for the brain) and the nerves. It helps with impotence. Studies have proven Gotu Kola to help with focus, concentration, and memory.
Ginseng is a great protector of the brain and body. It helps stave off the effects of aging in the brain. It has also been shown to help memory, especially in cases of stroke leading to dementia. It might be best thought of as the memory brain food.
- Cayenne Pepper
You may know this pepper as a very hot food, but it is an herb that can be taken in liquid or in capsule form. It is extremely good for the circulation thus aids with oxygen flow to the brain. It is helps lower high blood pressure and excellent for the heart. Dr. John Christopher claims that he can bring a patient out of a heart attack with a glass of water with a teaspoon of cayenne in it. You might think of this herb as the circulation brain food.
The importance of alfalfa in its ability to go deep into the ground to pull up nutrients that has been depleted in our soils. Alfalfa roots can reach 30 feet into the soil. As far as the brain is concerned, alfalfa supplies the trace minerals copper and magnesium to the brain. In the body the two greatest concentrations of copper are in the brain and the liver. Magnesium is important to the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys.
It is estimated that as many as 75% of all Americans are deficient in copper and 68% are deficient in magnesium. Lack of magnesium can also lead to heart disease. Dr. Paul Mason believes that many prescriptions written today because of heart disease could be stopped if Americans took more magnesium. Alfalfa is also high in protein content, which is also good for the brain. Alfalfa might be considered the brain food for the organs.
Kelp is good for brain tissue and the membrane surrounding the brain. Kelp also helps rid the body of toxic metals like lead in the brain and body.
An additional benefit of kelp is that it is chock full of minerals and vitamins. Kelp might be considered the tissue brain food.
Oatstraw has been known to help with brain function and can help protect the brain. It is high in silica, which means it is good for the central nervous system.