Feb 08, 2016
Do you remember when you were a kid, and your parents said, "eat your vegetables, they will make you smarter?" Well, they were definitely on to something, even though they were just trying to make you eat your dinner. The brain requires many nutrients to process the information that our body requires to remain functional.
Brain foods contain elements that can enhance brain development or cognitive function. Likewise, many foods that people ingest have a direct correlation to the brain's control of certain hormones. There are foods in every category of the food pyramid that have properties that would qualify them as a brain food. Also there are quite a few supplements and extracts derived from foods and plants that are considered brain foods. Many Earth Clinic users highly recommend some of the brain foods in this section to be very beneficial.
Brain foods not only are for enhancement of brain development or cognitive function, but can also be a very useful home remedy for several conditions. Such foods have been shown to help enhance the secretion of many hormones which can positively affect conditions such as insomnia, depression, and energy levels.
Please feel free to comment on any of the brain foods that are listed below!
Remedies for Brain Foods
I began taking 5-HTP for depression and anxiety and sleeplessness during a very emotionally stressful breakup. I have Not had an anxity attack since 3-07 which I had suffered from off and on for several years. I sleep so much better. I am able to think clearer and stay focused and concentrate so much better as well as improved my memory. I am thankful for this. My dr. wanted to put me on Wellbutrine. NO Thank U!
EC: More about 5-HTP here.
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Howard County, Maryland, USA
Posted by Tracey (Chicago, USA) on 01/24/2008
... I use 2 t. of ACV in an 8 oz. glass of water with a little honey. I drink this in the morning, and I think it's helping my tendonitis (from typing too much) and my brain fog. I am thinking much more clearly and I feel that I have more energy.
Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 05/06/2009
Article on Yahoo! today about the best brains foods: http://health.yahoo.com/experts/eatthis/31477/best-and-worst-brain-foods/
We'd love to get actual feedback on any foods, supplements, & herbs that you've noticed improve brain function like memory. We'll start looking on the site for existing remedies and add them to this new page.
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Posted by Rob (Manhattan, Ny) on 01/02/2011
Mind Body Super Brain Yoga
Increase mental energy.. Balance right and left hemispheres of the brain.. For autism and hyper active disorders. Try this simple brain yoga:
Posted by Carol (Southern NJ) on 10/29/2006
I eat about 1 cup of raw Savoy Cabbage a day with a meal. It relieved my roller coaster episodes of diahrrea in one day...and constipation for the next week. Also it helped with PMS. I can think more clearly, I have a higher energy level, my mood is improved, and I feel really healthy.
EC: Savoy cabbage pic here: http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-term/t--34293/savoy-cabbage.asp
Posted by Laura (Sunderland, Vermont) on 06/01/2007
Thank you for this wonderful site! I started using ACV and Baking Soda about four months ago. My aches and pains are gone, mood more stable and PMS improved. Sleep and energy are much better.
I added Blackstrap Molasses and noticed my appetite decreased, even more improved PMS, even more enery and my flimsy fingernails are growing!
I then added EVCO. My appetite became even more stable! No snack craving, energy all day long, no more caffeine cravings! EVCO also cleared up my ADHD/Perimenopausal fog-brain. I can focus and think clearly again and my memory is better. (this is truly a miracle, some women with ADHD will get worse symptoms as hormones change. It was almost debilitating and forced me to change jobs!) I stopped taking my Ritalin with no negative effects! Overall menopausal symptoms are much improved. It's the best skin care I've ever used!
I added Oil Pulling a few weeks ago. It's worth trying just for gums and teeth. My teeth are whiter, gums stopped bleeding and nasty stains are fading. It also helps with focus and energy and managing my appetite. I have hope that I will finally be successful at losing weight, which has been a life-long struggle (I have 100 lbs to lose) I'll keep you posted on the weight loss.
Thank you everyone for your testimonials! This site is the best ever!
EC: EVCO = Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
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Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 10/24/2013
HI YA'LL, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Just got a UBI today inlieu of a flu shot. If you are not up to speed on this procedure then you are about 50 years behind the times. This procedure was prior to antiboitics and works when they won't.
Anyways, being long in tooth , I am trying to avoid dementia and such. Learned that our Doctor is doing DHA to protect his brain. Stirred my interest and seek counsel from all you Yahoos. Talk to me.
Yo Ole Redneck buddy........ ROBERT HENRY.........
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Posted by Susie (N.Y., N.Y.) on 05/24/2009
brain food! GABA is wonderful. I take one GABA in the AM and I am calm during the day and my mind seems to work better. Sometimes I get tongue tied and I see a difference when I take GABA.
Posted by Deirdre ( Atlanta, GA) on 04/17/2009
I've been taking lecithin now 2x a day with every meal. I bought the gel caps at Whole Foods (their generic brand). The first thing I noticed was that my memory improved dramatically. I was frustrated the day before I started the lecithin that I couldn't for the life of me remember the name of one of my childhood friends! The next day, a few hours after taking lecithin, the full name of my childhood friend popped into my head along with the name of her dog (Chadsie). Not sure yet about the pulling oil effect that Ted speaks about, but will report back in a month or two. Wanted to report my initial findings...
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Los Angeles, CA
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Dayton, Ohio, Usa
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San Francisco, Ca, Usa
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Posted by Lupe (Helendale, California) on 05/11/2009
Hi I have a question I went in to a health store today and asked for a supplement for my father that is 79 years old and is getting very forgetful well i wanted something for his mind and the girl thier recommended NADH 5mg, what is this supplement used for? How should he use it? and should he use it ? I LOVE THIS SITE THANK YOU
EC: "NADH is the abbreviation used for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, one of the most important coenzymes in the human brain and body." Source: http://www.antiaging-systems.com/extract/nadh.htm
Posted by Patricia (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) on 05/10/2009
I've been taking Rhodiola for 5 weeks and have increased energy and have lost about 15 pounds that I have been struggling with for the last 5 years. I have had breast cysts that have disappeared and my memory has definitely improved. 6 weeks ago I attempted to climb the 7 flights of stairs to my condo when the elevator was out. I had to stop and rest at each floor. Today I take the stairs instead of the elevator without stopping at all.
When I started taking Rhodiola, my daughter had told me about it but I didn't know much about the herb only that it would give me an energy boost that I really needed. The only negative factor that I have experienced is insomnia, so now I make sure that I don't take the herb after about 3pm. I take 2 - 250 mg per day. One in the morning as soon as I get up with 10 oz of warm distilled water and the juice of 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon, and one around 3pm at my work breaktime with lots of water.
EC: More about Rhodiola here: http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/rhodiola.html