Today in the news we hear about diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. People suffering from these types of neurodegernative diseases have major inflammation in their bodies. Why is inflammation so rampant in our society today? Stress is a big contributor, the introduction of thousands of chemicals into the environment is another huge contributor, and the foods we consume can cause an inflammatory response in our body.
Eight plus years ago, my mental sharpness was drastically slowing down causing me to age more rapidly. I didn’t know at that time that inflammation was causing these issues in my body and that built up stress had caused my body to age more rapidly.
My profession had been teaching children with special needs. In working with these beautiful children and their families I had to think quickly and be fast on my feet.
A few years later after I changed professions, I noticed that my memory wasn’t as sharp as when I taught school. What I observed was that my brain was like a sieve with information going in and flowing right out. And my overall mood had changed as well. It was as if a different person was inhabiting my body taking control of my thoughts and my brain, causing foggy thinking, and mood swings Has this ever happened to you? I didn’t like what was happening to my body and I knew it was time to get some help.
Dr Daniel Amen, Brain Psychiatrist and author of the fascinating new book: “Use Your Brain to Change Your Age” writes that our brain can lose 85,000 brain cells a day if we don’t take really good care of it. That trend can be reversed by lifestyle changes, eating well, and taking premium quality nutritional supplements and super herbs.
Caveat: not all nutritional supplements are equal. As a Health and Wellness Educator I only recommend supplements from science based nutritional companies that utilize the highest form of quality control, and research and development
Here are some of the most effective nutritional supplements, plant extracts and super herbs that I’ve used which have made a remarkable difference for my brain health these last eight plus years.
Magnesium – a very critical Brain Booster which is needed for biochemical reactions in the body.. Most people today are not getting enough of this vital mineral. Eating nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans will provide your body with magnesium as they are rich dietary sources.
Vitamin B-12 – Research shows that B12 protects both the heart and memory as we age’ ‘Protect’ is the key word. Unfortunately, as we age it is more difficult for the body to convert B- 12 from food. This is where supplements come in. Make sure you’re purchasing the Neurologically Active Form of Vitamin B-12 which is Methylcobalamin. If you’re a vegetarian, check the ingredients on the label before purchasing. Many local markets have Health and Wellness sections where you can purchase B-12 and get your questions answered.
Vitamin D3- Have your healthcare professional check your 25 hydroxy vitamin D level. If it’s low get more sunlight and take supplements. And go easy on the sunscreen. Most people are not getting enough of this critical vitamin.
Omega 3-fatty acids -From fish oil or nut and seed oils. The two most studied ones are: EPA which helps to improve blood flow which pumps up brain function and DHA. These particular fatty acids are extremely critical for overall brain health and have other major health benefits as well. They are considered the healthy fats. Adding more wild fish to your meal planning benefits your brain and overall health. For vegetarians, like myself and vegans eating more spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, soybeans, tofu, and walnuts makes a critical difference.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – A very important nutrient. It helps with cognitive ability and reduces brain aging by improving the body’s ability to handle free radicals and oxidation. Liver and yeast are natural sources.
Acetyl L-carnitine – A bioenergetic nutrient which boosts energy and improves mental clarity.
Rhodiola Extract – A super herb which increases measures of mental performance, including cognitive thinking, short term memory, long term memory, speed of audiovisual perception, and information processing. .And this adaptogen also has been scientifically shown to improve the body’s resistance to stress.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract – This well known herb enhances memory and helps to increase blood flow.
CoQ10 – (co-enzyme Q10) Supports healthy brain function. Eating whole grains, nuts, and seeds is a natural source.
Curcumin – Derived from the spice tumeric. which is a powerfully potent root. David Wolfe, Wellness Nutritionist says that it builds consciousness and expands your brain. I’m all for that. Curcumin reduces brain toxicity of mercury and aluminum. And it decreases inflammation. You can go to www.pubmed.org to view other health benefits of this powerful supplement.
Remember to listen to your body. and to get enough sleep every night at least seven to eight hours. Your body is your temple and it knows best how you are doing healthwise. And of course do consult with your health care provider for your specific needs.
Please remember I am not a medical practitioner. I am a Health and Wellness Educator. The super herbs and whole food premium nutritional supplements and their benefits that I listed worked for me. They could work for you too.
About eight plus years ago I received a gift which allowed my body to rejuvenate itself. And even though I am older today, my brain and body feel younger and more alive right now.. And it feels just great.
If you would like to improve your brain health or you have questions for me, I would be honored to connect with you to find out how I can best serve you.
How are you committing to being healthy and whole? I welcome your comments.