Foods for the Brain

Foods for the Brain

I am by no means the expert on this subject. I find this information and report it here. It isn’t intended to diagnose, treat or cure, any disease. It is for information purposes only. I recommend studying up on these foods for the brain and supplements yourself and deciding if any may be beneficial for you. Foods for the brain is about foods that have been shown in studies to increase energy, focus, memory, concentration, performance, or cognitive function.

Lions Mane may act as a fertilizer for Neurons.

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Choline
Choline is a member of the B vitamin family. Some animals can’t create Choline, but humans produce it in the liver. Choline is a fatty acid known to directly affect the production of neurotransmitters. Choline is also thought to remove fats from the liver and aid in removing waste and toxins from the body.

Choline is a water-soluble vitamin-like essential nutrient. The term cholines refers to the class of quaternary ammonium salts containing the N,N,N-trimethylethanolammonium cation (X- on the right denotes an undefined counteranion).

The cation appears in the head groups of phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin, two classes of phospholipid that are abundant in cell membranes. Choline is the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is involved in many functions including memory and muscle control.

Some animals cannot produce choline, but must consume it through their diet to remain healthy. Humans make choline in the liver. Whether dietary or supplemental choline is beneficial or harmful to humans is undefined. Possible dangers include increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, while possible benefits include reducing the risk of neural tube defects and fatty liver disease.

List of foods that contain choline
Beef liver, eggs, Cauliflower, Shiitake Mushrooms, Oysters, Collards, Spinach, Asparagus, Brussel sprouts, Cod (fish) Salmon, Haddock, Flounder, Pollock.

Foods for the Brain

Foods for the brain.
Foods for optimal brain health.

Blueberries-I’ve heard a cup a day is great. I’m behind that, because I’ve never heard anything bad about Blueberries. Blueberries otherwise known as (brainberries) prevent oxidative wear. They were also shown to increase learning and motor capacities in aging rats. (MD Ann Kulze)

Salmon (Omega 3 fatty acids) It is thought that Omega 3’s are essential for brain function. They also have some anti-inflammatory benefits.

Nuts and seeds-High in vitamin E. Numerous studies could be provided outlining the beneficial affects experienced by people who added vitamin E to their diet, although, it’s particular benefits are somewhat controversial.

Dark Chocolate-Type in to google “Is dark chocolate good for your brain?” and this is what comes up. Dark Chocolate is good for your memory, blood pressure, and mood. It alleviates depression, and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which means it’s good for your brain. Because it’s chocolate, I suppose that there are probably 1000’s of articles about this particular
health food!

Coffee-Is Coffee really good for you? Coffee is a stimulant. In fact Coffee is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. (Which is good news for some of us) Caffeine increases neuro signaling in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Coffee has been known to increase performance, and coffee could have its own page/a whole page dedicated to it here, but I think you get the point. As with anything, I believe that with any food, supplement, or substance, moderation is the key.

Foods for the brain probably won’t make you a genius, or even change your cognitive abilities over night. It’s all about balance. When many of these different health issues are addressed, the results can greatly impact your life. It’s all about what you’re getting in your diet, what you already have in your system, and what your body is telling you it needs.

Avocados-Are a fruit said to be (high in fat, and calories) thought to contribute to healthy blood flow, and reduce blood pressure. A small amount 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado a day is recommended.

Beets– Beets are thought to increase blood flow to the brain and are high in nitrates. Studies have been conducted on the benefits of beet juice, with some finding an increase in performance. They contain Vitamins A, B, and C, protein, soluble fiber, and antioxidants. It couldn’t hurt to make beets a regular part of your diet.

Coconut OilWas once thought to be fattening, and was often linked to heart disease, clogged arteries and more. Recent studies suggest otherwise and even offer credence to it’s health and cognitive benefits. Some people have referred to the Coconut tree as “The tree of life”and swear by it’s benefits. Others now believe that “Trans Fats” are the real culprits leading to heart disease and other ailments. I think these days you’re likely to find more positive papers on Coconut oil than negative.

Did you know that your brain can be as much as 60% fat by weight? This finding suggests that your body (and brain) can actually benefit from healthy fats! Your brain may also need cholesterol! Up to 25% of your bodies cholesterol can be found in the brain. Low cholesterol has been linked to depression, dementia, and even increased risk of suicide.

Coconut oil provides your brain with MCT’s or medium-chain-triglycerides. What this means is that instead of the larger molecules which take longer to break down, these medium sized molecules can be used as a backup source of energy. Medium-chain-triglycerides readily cross the blood-brain barrier, which can in turn provide energy to brain cells. Without this energy brain cells can die.

There are many articles, blogs and videos on Coconut oil and it’s benefits on the Internet. From claims of a treatment for dementia and alzheimer’s, to uses in your hair or on your teeth. You may want to think about researching and adding Coconut oil to your diet!

Dark Green Vegetables, Leafy Vegetables, and Colorful Fruits and Vegetables-I read a book probably ten to fifteen years ago in which the author (I believe this was a Jordan Rubin book) equated dark green leafy vegetables to sunlight. (or electricity for humans) I think of our food as our batteries and as our power source.

Eating a healthy diet that is high in dark and leafy green vegetables, colorful fruits and vegetables, has also been shown to affect the bacterial balance of the gut or microbiome. We have trillions of these microbes (anywhere from one to ten pounds in the average human ) in our digestive systems. The intestines also contain neurotransmitters. It is a common belief that feeding yourself an intestinal friendly source of fiber and live plant food can have a significant impact on your overall health.

New articles about the Microbiome are published on a regular basis, and there are all kinds of videos on this subject available on YouTube. This exciting Science is changing rapidly. It’s also changing the way many people look at health and disease.

This is by no means a comprehensive or complete list. You never know what studies will find tomorrow, or what’s already available that we simply haven’t listed here. As time allows this list will most likely grow. I hope this list has been helpful! Below, I’ve provided lists of specific chemicals, substances, or supplements applied in other brain studies for function and optimal performance. If you know of something that should be added to these lists, please let me know.

Eating for Brain Health
Smart Food and Supplements

Huperzine A
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Ginkgo Biloba
Acorus calamus
Bacopa Monnieri
Boron
Choline Citrate
Choline Bitartrate
Celastrus paniculatus
Centrophenoxine
Glycine
Idebenone
L-methylfolate
Methylcobalamin (Methyl-B12)
Noopept
Oxiracetam
Phenylpiracetam
Piracetam
Pramiracetam
Picamilon
PRL-8-53
Rhodiola Rosea
Uridine
Vinpocetine

Nootropics for Attention, Focus, Concentration, and Clarity.

If you find that you have anxiety, stress, poor sleep, depression, or many other illnesses or symptoms and you’re not able to function like yourself, you’re not alone! Changing some habits and patterns may be a solution? If your mood is poor, you’re exhausted, you’re burdened with stress, suffering from an illness, or any number of other anomalies, then I’m sure you’ve noticed a decline in your productivity and general well being. It’s amazing how all of these things combine to impact your health, productivity, cognition and much more.

A person can be very intelligent, but if they lack focus, energy, concentration, and more, their entire life can be affected. Below I’ve included lists of common chemicals and supplements that many claim can correct or optimize specific processes or functions, and even be added as a maintenance regimen for general health and overall cognitive improvement.

Foods for the Brain.  Attention and Focus.

Brain Foods and Supplements

Pramiracetam
Phenylpiracetam
L-Dopa
L-Tyrosine
Sulbutiamine
Adrafinil
Armodafinil
Ashwagandha
Boron
Caffeine
Ephedrine
Ginseng
Gotu Kola
Modafinil
Mucuna Pruriens
Noopept
Oxiracetam
PEA (Phenylethylamine)
Pyritinol
Rhodiola Rosea

Best Nootropics for Mood and Depression.

Being in a poor mood or depressed state has an extremely negative effect on one’s cognition. You don’t ever want to lose your love for life or motivation.

5-HTP
St. Johns Wart
Centrophenoxine
Fish Oil – (Article)
L-Lysine
L-Tryptophan
Lithium
SAM-e
Uridine

Foods for the Brain. Nootropics for Anti-Aging.

Ah, longevity. Longevity for general health and well-being. Wouldn’t it be nice if our bodies were fully optimized and efficient machines?

Good Multivitams
Fish Oil
Alpha GPC
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Carnosine
Centrophenoxine
Green and white tea
Hydergine
Idebenone
Lithium
NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine)
R-Lipoic Acid
Turmeric (Curcumin)
Uridine
Vinpocetine
Zinc

Foods for the Brain. Recommended Nootropics for Anxiety.

Anxiety can be an extremely disruptive part of one’s mental health and productivity. I believe that anxiety can actually paralyze us, and even become a systematic negative habit that greatly reduces our quality of life. Have you ever worried about something such as bills, a sick family member, an illness, a job that you had no control over, until it made you physically ill? I believe this problem to be one of the most prevalent and underestimated cognitive debilitating factors that people face.

Although stress, anxiety, and depression are normal facts of life, they impact some people so severely that they literally become similar to an illness or disease. Worrying doesn’t help, even when what you’re worrying about is normal or a legitimate concern. There are some things you can’t control, and worrying about them often only serves to make your problems worse or at least feel worse. That’s a destructive force!

L-Theanine
Ashwagandha
GABA
L-Lysine
Picamilon
Rhodiola Rosea
Saint John’s Wort
Aniracetam
Phenibut

Nootropics for Sleep and Physical Recovery/Repair.

Sleep is another crucial part of overall well-being! Luckily, there are many nootropic supplements that are great to take at night to enhance your sleep and recovery as well as increase your mental cognition. Sleep is important because that is when most of your neurogenesis occurs. Your body needs the opportunity to repair itself. Whenever I’ve gone for too long without sleep my body has warned me. I’ve gotten sick, been depressed, became very clumsy, and just didn’t feel like myself. I’m sure you can relate!

Melatonin
Phenibut
Ashwagandha
Bacopa
Citrulline
GABA
Glycine
Arginine
L-Tryptophan
Magnesium Aspartate
Mucuna Pruriens
Saint John’s Wort
Valerian Root
Zinc
Picamilon

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We’ll be adding new supplements and articles about brain health to our website very soon.

This next video is a little off topic, but I find the Science surrounding it very relevant, as it deals with new discoveries. What’s fascinating is that I’ve watched several videos on this topic and in one particular video you could actually see how the nerve connections in people with Down Syndrome appeared to be shorting out or possibly not firing as well. It was as if there was a disconnect in the signaling process.

Whenever I watch a certain video or read a particular article, I can’t help but wonder if there will be implications for other diseases, or even maintenance purposes for people who are just trying to improve their health and well being.

When nerve connections were repaired in these studies, cognition improved drastically. It seems that people with Down Syndrome have inherited an extra chromosome.

Here’s a link to a page regarding the Science.

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