Top Foods for Brain Health

November 4th, 2013 · 3 Comments · Anti-aging, Healthy Living

Hanna was an advocate of our kitchens 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. 

Sweet Almond

Almonds can help increase the level of high density lipoproteins/HDL and they reduce the level of low density lipoproteins/LDLs when added to your diet on a regular basis.

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.

Fish: Omega 3s are a great way to support brain health and these essential fats are plentiful in fish. Try to incorporate baked or grilled organic wild-caught fish into your weekly dinner routine to get the artery clearing, brain boosting fats into your system.
Ginkgo Biloba Complete ConcentrateMaybe you’ve heard of the Mediterranean Diet by now but lost interest after the hype surrounding it died down. While there will be gimmicks that come and go, solid research backs up the theory that a classic diet rich in olive oil, legumes, fish, fruits, and leafy greens helps to protect against cardiovascular disease and improve brain health.
In 2012, researchers at Columbia University and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine published findings that adults who followed a Mediterranean diet had less damage to the brain’s small blood vessels. This finding is important as damage to these blood vessels are directly correlated to a slowdown in mental quickness, alertness, memory, and brain health in general. These findings from 2012 go hand-in-hand with prior research linking the diet with slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. While the focus of the Mediterranean diet at first glance seems to be on the heart, there’s a close connection to brain and heart health with many researchers encouraging the public to consider that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain.
Choosing good health through what you put on your dinner plate is beneficial to not only your waistline but also the proper function of your brain. Combining a proper diet with natural remedies is a great way to ensure brain health.  Believing in the healing and preventative power of herbs, Hanna Kroeger created a concentrate of Ginkgo biloba, known for its benefits in promoting circulation to the brain, to keep the small blood vessels healthy. Learn more about this powerful Complete Concentrate by Kroger Herb in the Concentrating on Brain Health blog.
Find more of Hanna’s remedies for wellness, including brain health, in her books and try this list of brain food from her book, Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen:
  • 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

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  • beanie gail

    Hi..I was at Hanna’s shop back in 2006 for biofeedback training at her retreat. Blessings on reaching out through facebook.

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