Hanna was an advocate of our kitchen’s being the first line of defense in overall well-being and for treating illnesses. Keeping this in mind, we have looked to our cupboards and refrigerators to compile a list of foods to eat to keep your brain functioning in tip top shape. While research linking diet to prevention of mental decline is still in its infancy, there is no shortage of research on how some foods have a positive impact on brain function, health and memory. Check out the top foods for a healthy brain.
Nuts, Seeds, & Their Oils: From sunflower seeds to almonds to walnuts, there’s plenty of talk about the healthy oils from nuts and how they can improve brain health. Nuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which keep arteries clear. Because proper flow of blood to the brain is important for brain health, promoting circulation through a healthy diet is one way to ensure you’re looking after your brain in a natural way.
One ounce a day (about 15 walnuts or 25 almonds) is a good goal and while nuts are a healthy snack, keep in mind that eating too many of them in a day can get your calorie count up! Hanna wrote, “Almonds are a good brain tonic. Almond oil, only 1 teaspoon daily, will improve your memory.” Looking for an added boost to improve circulation? You might want to check out Hanna’s master formula CircuFlow.
Colorful Fruits & Vegetables: Tomatoes contain lycopene, sweet potatoes are a powerful source of cartenoids, and spinach provides the body with lutein. Each of these, along with beets, berries, avocados, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables support brain health with their antioxidant content. Antioxidants attack free radicals, unstable molecules that create chemical reactions in the brain and attack healthy cells there and throughout the body. (Learn more about antioxidants and free radicals) By eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, you’re not only supporting healthy brain function but also helping to sweep the dangerous free radicals from your entire system.
Foods Rich in Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant on its own and can be found in plentiful supply in avocados, leafy greens, several nuts and oils, peppers, and papayas. Supplementation with Vitamin E is an excellent way to ensure you’re getting a proper daily dose for brain health as well as healthy skin. Because the foods that are richest in Vitamin E are often those containing the most fat (avocados, nuts, and oils) it is important to consider supplementation as a source for the recommended 15 mg per day of vitamin E for adults so that calorie intake doesn’t get out of control.
- 1 pound sunflower seeds, 1/4 pound almonds, 1 pound wheat germ. Grind up and eat 2 heaping tablespoons a day (not intended for individuals who are gluten intolerant).
- Barley and Coconut cocktail: 1 cup barley, 1 cup coconut juice, 1 tablespoon lecithin. Add honey if desired.
- Coconut is brain food. Eat the meat and drink the milk.
- Use Cardamom is an eye and brain food
- Leeks are delicious when boiled and used in soups and salads