Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Is Your Brain Starving?

Do phrases such as "brain fog" and "senior moments" resonate with you? Do you have trouble focusing, making decisions, or staying mentally alert? If so, then your brain may be literally starving-for nutrients as well as oxygen.

Did You Know That Feeding Your Brain is No Simple Matter?
Your brain is one of the "hungriest" organs in the body, demanding more fuel than other organs. At the same time, the brain is protected behind the "blood brain barrier," a layer of cells that keeps all but the smallest molecules from reaching the brain. So feeding your brain requires care.

How to Feed Your Brain
Feeding the brain is no simple matter. The blood brain barrier allows only small micronutrients and fat-soluble molecules to pass, yet the brain requires huge quantities of the nutrients and molecules. A hungry brain results in decreased mental alertness as well as affected mood. To feed the brain, you need to focus on specific foods that nourish the brain and can pass through the blood brain barrier.

One of the best ways to feed your brain is to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that Americans get far too few of these fatty acids that the brain (made up of 60% fat) needs. In addition, other brain-healthy nutrients include:
  • ALA (alpha lineoleic acid)
  • B vitamins
  • antioxidants
  • protein (raises levels of mood-boosting neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine)
  • plus many more...

If figuring out how to get some or all of the above nutrients seems too complicated for you, check out this simple recipe for brain food supplementation:

Food for Thought Program
Consider this formula if your lifestyle involves a lot of thinking.
1-2 capsules AFA blue-green algae a.m. or noon
1-2 capsules AFA blue-green algae (no cell wall) a.m. and/or noon
1-2 capsules acidophilus (probiotic)a.m.
1-2 capsules bifidus (probiotic) p.m.
1 gelcap coenzyme Q10 a.m.

Gabriel Cousens, M.D. on AFA Blue-Green Algae
Gabriel Cousens, MD, published two case studies on the use of AFA blue-green algae in the improvement of Alzheimer's disease. He reported "some significant return of function" such as decreased hand tremors, better balance, and improved short term memory, attention span, judgment, and reasoning"

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