What we eat, think, and do can help us maintain a healthy brain or speed up brain-aging. An article in Yahoo News reveals that what we eat affects our brain from the time we are born until the day we die.
So what foods and practices are good for the brain?
Foods and Nutrients
CNN reports that people who do not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids have smaller brains and have brains that are aging at a faster rate.
Another important brain-nutrient is found in fermented foods. Science Daily explains that probiotics, or good bacteria, in our digestive tract can also affect brain function.
Phosphatidylserine, better known as PS, is an important natural component found in all cells, and more so in the brain. Scientists believe that as the brain ages PS levels decrease and absorption of PS from foods is greatly diminished. PS helps move nutrients into cells, pumps waste products out of cells, and can rejuvenate the cell membranes in the brain.
Supplementing with phosphatidylserine may improve memory in older persons, and help fight Parkinson's disease and other degenerative diseases of the brain.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us Unforgettables help support brain health with antioxidants (blueberries and vitamin E), omega-3s with DHA and EPA, soy phosphatidylserine, and ginkgo biloba. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends Unforgettables for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, depression, and longevity.
Vitality Coldwater Omega-3 and Vitality Omega-3 Creme Delight include essential fatty acids that must be supplied by the diet.
Florify contains good bacteria or probiotics that crowd out bad bacteria.
The positive things we do to protect and maintain heart health also help maintain brain health. Maintaining a healthy body weight is especially important. A PubMed study found that middle age persons with excessive visceral body fat have smaller brains. Researchers also found that persons who were the most physically active had less brain shrinkage.
According to Psychological Science the best way to keep our brains sharp is to challenge our brains to learn a mentally demanding skill.
~ Richard M Barry
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Healthy Brain Testimonials
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Four months ago my fiancè was in a vehicle accident that resulted in severe brain swelling along with a bad case of whiplash. He went from highly intelligent to not being able to be left alone so that he wouldn't hurt himself. He had to have complete silence with even no TV, and had to sit in the dark for well over a week. He was very incoherent in the beginning. We have been shopping with Melaleuca for about 2.5 years, so he was already on the peak performance pack. This has the CardiOmega EPA in it. He never stopped taking his vitamins, and about 2 months after the accident the doctor sent him to Lincoln Nebraska to the Madonna Clinic. This is where they send all of Nebraska's athletes for evaluation and recovery after severe concussions. They tested his memory in all kinds of ways. Even though he's really intelligent, his brain injury still made him fail some of the tests. But he set the state record in a few areas as well. The neuropsychologist was VERY impressed and asked him what he was doing to be recovering so fast and he said, "Only the best vitamins on the planet!" Of course she replied, "I hardly think so. What are you taking?" This woman teaches at the university and is highly respected in her field. Once Joshua told her what he was taking, she could only say, "Oh! I guess you are then. Good!" Despite his extremely bad brain injury, he was able to set some state records in the brain tests! For his whiplash, he takes baths with the Renew Bath Oil, and uses Pain-A-Trate a LOT! His brain is doing well now, and we owe it all to Melaleuca and their superior vitamins!
I began using Melaleuca's wellness products in 2004 - it has been 10 years now. I noticed healthy differences right away, including weight loss and greatly improved sleep patterns. I switched over 100% to every product I could buy from Melaleuca that I had previously purchased from a retail store, and our entire household reaped the benefits! We experienced less colds, better digestion, clearer thinking, and overall improved quality of life...all this in the first 6 months. To keep my brain sharp and flexible today at 62, I work online brain puzzler games, read about new challenges and experiments in the world of science and health, walk every day, eat a healthy diet including 1-2 juiced meals a day (lots of greens!), and I still read the English dictionary to expand my understanding of words, while learning those new words in another language. I make it my mission to help someone else smile every day! The greatest aid to my healthy brain is Melaleuca products - combining the best of nature and the best of science to bring me wholesome, non-toxic products for inside and out. Thank you, Melaleuca!
I find that the Vitality packs and Coldwater Omega-3 keeps our entire family's brains in check. I notice a huge difference in myself and my family. They keep us thinking more clearly and keep cranky attitudes at bay. We find ourselves more alert and ready to keep going into the evening hours. Helping with homework and tackling work and emails late into the evenings has become more effortless and accepting. If we forget to take our vitamins and fish oil, I notice afternoon sluggishness and tired thinking by mid-afternoon. Math problems and term paper writing take longer without our better brain health. It took us a few months to discover how effective the vitamins were and to get on a regular regiment in taking them. I rarely forget now as I know how wonderful I feel each day when I take them. Thank you Melaleuca for developing such a wonderful multivitamin and omega-3 fish oil. Most thankful,