Spices That Boost Brain Power and Stop Brain Aging in Its Tracks

 

The majority of illnesses and physical and mental decline issues can all be prevented with healthy lifestyle and nutrition habits, and that includes age-related cognitive concerns and brain health. Pure, unadulterated spices aren’t just great for boosting flavors of your favorite healthy dishes, they are also great for boosting and protecting brain health and preventing and reducing age-related concerns such as memory, mood imbalances, brain aging and even stroke prevention. In fact, ounce for ounce, these spices are packed with up to 40 times more protective, healing and brain-nourishing antioxidants than some of the known superfruits, such as blueberries.

Why not start adding some of these amazing brain-boosting, flavorful spices to your dishes today.

Better Mood with Saffron

Multiple research studies have proven that it takes less than 1/10 of a teaspoon of saffron daily (a tiny pinch) to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety by as much as 75% within two months or less. Those results trump prescription anti-depressant drugs by a mile, and without the dangerous side effects. Saffron works by increasing your brain’s production of mood-boosting serotonin. Saffron has an earthy and slightly sweet taste, and makes a great addition to rice and potato based dishes, vegetable saute’s and casseroles, and it pairs especially well with tomato based dishes as well.

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Protect Arteries and Prevent Strokes with Ginger

Blood clots are serious business and can quickly lead to heart attack and strokes. Fresh ginger, and even quality ground organic ginger, is proven to thin the blood and help prevent blood clots from forming. In fact, studies show that ginger is 5 times more effective than aspirin at thinning the blood. Additionally, consuming ginger daily has been shown to reduce your level of artery-clogging triglycerides by up to 27%, slashing your risk of stroke in half! Study proven dose is 1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated or quality organic powdered ginger, or 2 pieces of real candied ginger daily. *You can get real candied ginger at your local health food market and through quality vendors online.

Boost Memory with Sage

Too many people think that forgetting people’s names, not remembering where we placed things, suddenly not remembering directions or where we are driving to, etc., are all inevitable symptoms of aging. Not true. Diet plays a huge role in maintaining healthy and optimal memory function, and studies connecting nutrition and memory recall have proven that a single dose of pure, organic sage can help you recall names, places, directions, etc. more accurately for up to 2 hours after consuming. That’s incredible! Imagine what amazing benefits are to be had by regularly consuming this tasty spice. Credit goes to compounds in sage called phenols that block the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that’s essential for the formation of memories. Study proven dose is 1 teaspoon of fresh, organic sage daily or 2 cups of organic sage tea daily.

Stop Brain Aging in Its Tracks with Fresh Garlic

Studies have shown that by reducing artery-damaging high blood pressure and high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) can slow your brain’s aging by almost 80%. That fact is nothing short of amazing, and should not be ignored. And, researchers at University of Maryland have found that eating just 1 clove of fresh garlic (FRESH is the operative word) daily can help you do just that, thanks to its powerful sulfur compounds and healing antioxidants.

Fresh, organic, unadultered spices is key in getting all these brain health boosting benefits. If you’re consuming dried spices, make sure they are organic and less than 3 months old to ensure that all the natural active ingredients remain potent and bioavailable to your body.

Bon Veggie Appetit!

Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews