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Three Best Foods and Supplements for Brain Health

I see patients all day long suffering from depression, anxiety, brain fog and headaches.  They also have relatives with alzheimers, dementia, etc. and mental illness does not start in your 60’s and 70’s.  Research is starting to show that mental illness begins to form in your 20’s and 30’s and gets progressively worse over time.

Facts: Brain is approximately 60% Fat.  It relies on glucose and fats/ketones for energy.  Most people use glucose but fats are very beneficial.

1) Good quality fish oil that contains an abundance of omega 3’s (anti-inflammatory), EPA and DHA.  They Inhibit cell death, help reconnect damaged neurons and activate genes that help cope with brain damage while turning off those that promote brain inflammation.  Foods that contain omega 3’s are quality salmon, walnuts, egg yolks, chia seeds and cod liver oil.

2) Coconut Oil.  Coconut oil is comprised of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that are easily digested and readily cross cell membranes.  Coconut oil is easy on your digestive system and does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream, so for a quick energy boost, you could simply eat a spoonful of coconut oil, or add it to your food. The MCT’s and the ability to produce ketones helps restore neurons and nerve function.

3) Colorful Fruits and Vegetables.  These colorful healthy carbohydrates come loaded with brain-boosting phytonutrients. The dark, deep reds, yellows, oranges, greens and blues mean these foods contain powerful anti-inflammatory, detoxifying antioxidants and energy-boosting, brain-powering molecules. Some examples of colorful plant foods like blueberries and dark leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, spinach, watercress and arugula.

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