Wow, I took an fantastic trip to Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico this past weekend. I love exploring new places, and I had heard so many great things about the Valle from friends. When my hubby suggested we go there for my birthday, I was thrilled!
After lunch, it was an additional 45-minute drive inland to the Valle where we immediately visited Mone Xanic winery. The views were stunning, and the Chenin Blanc was nice and dry. After a glass, we checked into our boutique hotel for a rest.
I was completely impressed by some of the wonderful wines I tasted and the farm to table restaurants we visited. Everyone was friendly even though our Spanish was little to non-existent. It was an incredible food and wine adventure, and I simply can't wait to return!
Being one of the most vital organs in your body, your brain is a powerhouse that deserves love and attention. In order for it to be operating in peak condition, your brain needs fuel that will help support the functions that it is responsible for. This is where brain food comes in. We’ve compiled a list of foods that can help exercise and supplement your brain, improving anything and everything from memory and awareness to mood and regeneration.
Turmeric is a beautifully useful root, especially when it comes to the brain. In turmeric, there is a compound called aromatic-turmerone that is believed to boost regeneration of brain stem cells, as well as increasing neural self repair.
Additionally, this compound is also researched to potentially help fight neurodegenerative diseases and break up existing plaques (that can contribute to Alzheimer’s) that have taken a home in the brain.
We’re all familiar with Salmon being packed with omega-3’s, but do you know the real benefits? Omega-3’s aren’t just good for heart disease, cancer, and arthritis - but they’re great for brain function as well.
A brain needs omega-3’s in order to build cells, allowing for usage towards learning, comprehension, and memory.These fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain, taking up nearly 50%, and exist to aid the process of cognition, performance, and basic functionality.
With new cells constantly being created, omega-3’s may slow neurodegenerative diseases and mental decline.
The ever-common breakfast food that is eggs, is actually a great way to fuel the brain for a great day. Aside from including vitamins such as B6 and B12, eggs also have a micronutrient called Choline, that can help regulate and enhance mood and memory.
The B vitamins in eggs have also been studied to potentially slow mental decline, and can have the ability to synthesize and regulate brain levels and chemicals.
4. Dandelion Greens
Dandelion greens are generally a superfood that doesn’t get a lot of credit for the mass amount of benefits they hold. Just like superfood leafy greens such as kale and spinach, dandelion greens contain lutein, which can be neuroprotective. This means that lutein is believed to support brain structure and neural membrane structure, reinforcing the strength and function of these membranes. With a supported structure, the brain continues to foster an environment for new cells, which is believed to slow the aging process of the brain.
This root vegetable has a variety of benefits, including being a digestive aid, immune support, and energy booster. Importantly however, jicama is also linked to increase brain function and cognition because of its Vitamin B6 content.
Vitamin B6 helps in metabolic processes by breaking down proteins into amino acids that the body can productively use rather than waste. Amino acids are known to help neurotransmitters communicate to the rest of the body, heighten awareness, and lower stress.
Let’s talk about blueberries for a second. This berry is one powerful berry because of a few things:
They’re one of the most antioxidant rich foods. Ever. These antioxidants help counteract free radicals and inflammation, which both may be factors in both aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Dementia.
Blueberries are full of nutrients + vitamins, including Vitamin C, that improves the immune system and the production of collagen, Fiber, that helps to regulate cholesterol, and Phytonutrients that offer antioxidant properties and anti inflammatory benefits.
These components have also been believed to improve brain cognition, memory, and mood.
Healthy On You Recipes and cooking tips by Samantha Binkley. Many of these recipes use Samantha's 100% Organic Spice Blends that take the guess work out of cooking.