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5 Foods That Improve Brain Function

Brain food wasn’t a lie your mom made up to get you to eat vegetables. More and more Americans are choosing to bio hack their way through the mental haze.

Foods that Improve Brain Function

First let’s understand what’s going on upstairs…

Your body is a machine and food is the fuel. As you eat, your body takes the fuel and burns it by breaking down food and packaging it for various parts of the body. When we eat healthy foods with good fats, your brain runs like a car during the Indy 500. Likewise when we eat processed snacks high in fake sugars and trans fats our little engine tends to gum up and slow down.

One of the most influential byproducts of your food breakdown is the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is the driver for our sleep schedule, appetite, moods, sex drive, and even has the ability to suppress pain. Should it be any surprise that this power drug is made in our gut? Our gastrointestinal tract churns out 95% of the serotonin made in our bodies, thereby controlling our emotions and brain functionality. If you’re really ready to go down a rabbit hole of how your gut is connected to your brain, read more here. But now that you know how to harness this feel-good chemical, you can foster it with your diet. Read our top picks below on how to boost serotonin and company, add better bacteria, and improve your brain functionality overall with food.

 

Go find Nemo
Salmon

Fatty fish is usually at the top of the list when people talk about feeding the brain, and for good reason! Salmon, trout, and sardines are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Your brain is 60% fat; 30% of which is the omega-3 type. These powerful fats have been shown to help slow down degenerative mental diseases. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, look at those who don’t eat enough fatty fish. Those who have lower omega-3 diets have been linked to learning impairments and even depression.

 

Sip that tea Tea

Uncaffinated herbal tea is the perfect brain soother but not entirely for what you would think. As adults, we often find our sleep schedule out of sync and as a result, we cannot operate at full mental capacity. Uncaffeinated herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon balm, and linden can help relax you to sleep on time when consumed before bed time. Not only can you reset your sleep pattern with the assistance of chamomile tea, it’s even been shown to improve cognitive function when you’re awake as well.

 

Eggscelent…Eggs

Eggs and I are old childhood enemies due to the less than lovely smell and texture. However, eggs are rich in vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid. All have been shown to reduce levels of the dangerous compound homocysteine. This toxic amino acid has been associated with stroke, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. Eggs are also rich in choline, a key nutrient in most prenatal supplements. This nutrient helps develop our brains in the womb as well as being a critical ingredient in the creation of neurotransmitters as an adult.

 

Broc n’ Roll Broccoli

Save the hate. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable (another huge source of our friend choline!) that can actually help maintain the structure of all our cell membranes. However, broccoli and friends are also abundant in sulphoraphane. This antioxidant is so good at repairing damaged cells that sulphoraphane is being studied for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Additional studies have found that this wonder antioxidant in combination with spermidine might even decrease symptoms of depression. This dynamic duo found in broccoli reduces inflammatory molecules that attack important neurotransmitters controlling mood and behavior.

 

Good to the Bone  Bare Bones Broth

If you’re a regular reader of our blog you should know that bone broth is a solve-all at this point. I regularly call it the WD-40 of the food world for good reason. I promise I won’t wax on and on this time. However, it’s important to know that your stomach is really the one in control.

Bone broth helps soothe and seal the gut from releasing harmful toxins into the bloodstream. There are less inflammatory molecules to attack the neurotransmitter if the toxins are removed. Not to mention the added protein in real bone broth can make your tummy feel a little fuller and mind and little sharper.


Maybe you’re completely content with your mental health and function. That’s completely OK with me, dearest reader! The real lesson to take away: what you eat affects how your body feels (in all parts!). I may over preach it, but it’s an important lesson to learn eventually. You wouldn’t catch me dead eating an egg, but there are always different options to get B vitamins and folic acid. You can do the same for whatever food is stopping you, but understand one thing. If you want to make a change for the better, you are the only one who can make it happen.

Do you also hate eggs? Which option was most surprising to you? Maybe you just have a great joke? Leave it in the comments and let’s chat.

 

5 Replies to 5 Foods That Improve Brain Function

  1. It’s wonderful that you’ve even thought to make such an article! Thank you for your wantingness to do good for us Sapiens. I would be remiss to not make mention of the ultimate brain foods that were also the original brain foods for non-other than Genus Homo. Those foods include actual Brain and Bone Marrow!

    You likely know that before we evolved to become the baddest mammalian predators (hunters) that ever lived, we were simply scavengers. Even if starches were in-season, we still lacked the ability to digest them; we didn’t even make amylase back then! That said, the anthropological record shows that our earliest ancestors patiently waited for predators to do their thing, when the coast was clear, we did ours… that included harvesting the skulls and femur bones so that we could crush them against rocks in order to gain access to the nutrient dense brain and bone marrow.

    Indeed, this is the original stuff that our DNA grew up on… this is the stuff that evolved the big brains that we enjoy today… this is the stuff that our DNA still expects in the modern world in order to think, perform and produce at our human potential. Traditional peoples, Native Americans and early ancestral healers believed that eating the organs from a healthy animal would strengthen and support the health of the corresponding organ of the individual. For instance, the traditional way of treating a person with a weak heart was to feed the person the heart of a healthy animal. Similarly, eating the kidneys of a healthy animal was believed to support urinary ailments and overall kidney health… Pancreas was fed to people with digestive and endocrine problems… and brain was frequently consumed raw and was thought to support clear thinking.

    Organs and glandulars were a staple of our early ancestors’ diets as the ultimate superfood, for good reason. It turns out, this nourishing tradition is backed by science… “Radioisotope labeling studies in animals have shown conclusively that, when eaten, organs and glands selectively travel to the corresponding organs and glands in high concentrations. This research, done at the University of Scotland in Edinburgh, lends credence to the ancient practice of eating animal organs to help ensure health in one’s corresponding organs…” – Dr. Ron Schmid, ND. Our early ancestors knew this, which is why their traditional diets included the frequent and nourishing consumption of nose-to-tail organs and glands.

    WHOLE BRAIN CONTAINS…
    – Proteins Exclusively Found And Expressed In Whole Brain Extract
    – Brain Derived Glandulars Including The Pituitary, Hypothalamus and Pineal Glands
    – Unique Peptides And Neurotrophic Factors Including Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)
    – Sphingomyelin — Found In High Concentrations In The Myelin Sheath.
    – Brain Cell Activators, Phosphatidylserine & Omega-3 Fats EPA and DHA

    WHOLE BRAIN SUPPORTS…
    – Optimal Brain Health Based On “Like Supports Like”
    – Memory, Mood And Cognitive Health
    – The Survival of Existing Neurons & Encourages The Growth and Differentiation Of New Neurons
    – Myelin Sheath, Signal Transduction & Apoptosis

    To be certain, nothing tops procuring organ meats and bones from your local farmer or butcher. You get the opportunity to shake a hand, look them in the eye, get to know the person and what they’re about… second best is buying top quality products from top quality companies like the fine people here at the Bare Bones Broth Co.

    P.S. I totally agree with the fish recommendation but our waters are teeming with toxins… I’d suggest small fish like bone-in wild sardines, or even better, wild fish eggs. And yes, egg yolks are amazing! The fat, is where it’s at!

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