Can spices boost your brain?
Forgetfulness? As we age our brain starts to respond slower with less communications happening between neurotransmitter brain cells in the brain.
Be it you or your child anybody can be a prey of memory loss or disturbed mental balance due to:
- Extreme mental stress
- Lack of Mental exercises
- Critical dietary deficiencies
- Lack of sleep
- Overloaded work
Spices and brain health
Spices are not just used to add that dash of flavor to the food – there is a lot more in the background that you really need to understand and analyze. We hardly take much interest to care of brains and mental balance. Our bodies take stress very seriously – overdoing not just physical activities but mental activities release inflammatory toxins to our brain causing it to get tired very soon and often. Your brain cells need constant blood flow with adequate amounts of oxygen and nutrients.
Here is the collection of few effective herbs to treat mental brain disorders such as loss of memory, lack of concentration, low grasping power and mood swings. Checkout all the spices that helps boost your brain powers with these extreme collections listed below.
As Brain is made up of 60 % fats hence you definitely need good amounts of healthy fats to support brain cell growth. Much of what we take through food is not absorbed by our body cellular membranes thus Pepper have great qualities that does the job – helps body absorb nutrients from foods to help cleanse the blood and restore mental balance. The pungent Piperaceae compound found in black pepper increases Beta-endorphons and cognitive functions which directly contributes in improving mood and relaxes brain.
One of the most versatile medicinal root herbs used in cooking giving a good texture to the food besides giving enormous health benefits. Curcumin present in Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants thus helps inhibit the growth of cancers and infections. The turmeric helps keep any sorts of neuro-generative diseases at bay by strengthens the cell membranes and brains oxygen intake keeping you attentive and thoughtful.
Half spoon of turmeric powder to your curries can give good results. Having turmeric powder (half teaspoon boiled for 2 minutes) along with a glass of milk helps keep your memory disorders away.
Oregano is no more new to us now – with Italian Pizzas making their way in Indian markets – we are introduced to new herbs – Oregano is one such which gives a remarkable flavor to the Pizzas is healthy. Filled with healthy abundant helps neutralize free radical and can help maintain mental well-being and regulate stable moods.
Biryani gets it flavor and color from the spice Saffron – one of the most expensive of all spices for the tedious growth, production and supply process. Saffron helps release the good-feel hormones (Serotonin) to the brains helping relieve depression and mood swings. This spice also helps improve memory power. Few strands about 4-5 to your warm glass of milk before going to bed is just enough to improve mental fitness.
Nutmegs are filled with natural oils called Myristicin which directly contributes in inhibiting anxiety and depressions or even mood swings. A tip to remember Spices are filled with special oils that do not dissolve in water. Ghee or any oil can help unveil the oils in the spice to the oils thus helping you benefit more out of the spice.
Adding pinch of Nutmeg powder to your warm glass of milk elevates your mood swings and anxiety. Use Nutmeg to spice up plain rice by adding 2 nutmeg pods to the ghee or oil for seasoning and adding rice to make it more tasty and healthy for your brain.
Holy Tulsi or even Basil!!! Almost every Indian houses have Tulsi Plants in our corridors. The holy spice Tulsi – the name says all – a great herb used in many chronic health issues for overall well-being. Tusli helps purify blood and helps get your brain the oxygenated blood thus controlling mental balance.
Cinnamon + Honey
Cinnamon is packed with Cinnamaldehyde and Epicatechin which helps inhibit the tau protein alterations in the brain cells and thus directly contributes to prevent accidental injury to the brain.
Take pinch of cinnamon powder mixed with a teaspoon of honey. Cinnamon spice tea which needs an inch of cinnamon put into a cup of boiling water for about 3 minutes. strain and add Honey to relish full benefits.
Ginger is the very commonly used spice and herb in everyday life. It is very hard to cook foods especially one that has to taste deliciously good without ginger.
Ginger is here to treat mental distress conditions with the presence of Gingerols compound which releases antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents that help safeguard the cells from oxidation and free radicals damage.
Feeling low or dull?
An inch of ginger to your tea sessions boosts great energy to your brain.
Cloves are very strong in flavor in all spices and thus the antioxidants present in them are very strong enough to help neuro-transimitters do their job and helps flush out toxins off the brain cells, stimulating your mood by relieving stress and depression. Add cloves to your regular meals by adding 2 pods to a teaspoon of warm Ghee and fry the rice for about 2 minutes and relish.
Fenugreek is omnipresent spice used in many health alignments due to the presence of Trigonellene a strong alkaloid compound that regenerates damaged cells in the body and brain too. People who are more prone to forgetfulness and other brain disorders should add fenugreek seeds to their diets.
It is not easy though to have overnight soaked fenugreek seeds all on a single go. Here I got you a tip to keep that disgust feeling away: add handful of fenugreek seeds to dosa, Idly and Dhokla batter making process along with the rice + black gram overnight.
This sweet spice is my favorite of all – easy to consume on regular basis. Fennel seeds are filled with high amounts of Potassium an electrolyte which helps function neural activity in brain more effectively.
Munch on a teaspoon of Fennel seeds after your meals!!
Busy lifestyle and fast track schedules drag us all away from kitchens and make it hard for us to follow few regimes. An age old recipe to help maintain mental balance is loaded with brain boosting spices and a lot other beneficial ayurvedic herbs to enable all that your brain wants Fats, blood purifiers, toxins removers, cell regenerators and more for overall Mental stability. Buy one from your favorite brands from the markets.
Foods that boost brain power include
Brains are mostly made of FATS almost 60%. Your brain needs more of fats to keep the lining of the brain cells flexible. Sea foods are one of the great sources of Omega 3 Fatty acids and a source of Docosahexaenoic fatty acid (DHA) essential for effective functioning of brain cells.
- Soya beans
- Pumpkin seeds
- Cooked tomatoes
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
Few extra tips for mental exhaustion and forgetfulness
- Prayers in the early wake hours can help rejuvenate your brain cells. Meditation does wonders to calm your mind and stabilize control over all your senses and body. Close your eyes for 10 minutes calm your body and feel the difference.
- Regular exercise schedule or walks in fresh air
- Loads of water intake to boost oxygen levels all time to your brain cells
- Try taking showers with cold water to get that alert punch to your body
- Cow ghee enhances memory power and a natural booster for brains that need lots of Fat to maintain flexibility and stability.
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