Building a Better Brain
by Johnny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.

I continue this series with mention of two other top picks in the brain-boosting arena. The gold star herb of brainpower is a standardized extract made from the leaves of the gingko biloba tree. Ginkgo crosses the blood-brain barrier and brings enhanced circulation and antioxidant activity to brain cells. Because many inferior Chinese ginkgo products are now on the shelves in America – be very cautious when choosing your ginkgo. Look for a standardized European extract, since herbs are regulated as drugs in Europe and strict quality standards are the law of the land.

When it comes to eating foods that nourish your brain, in addition to our previous discussion of oily fish, blueberries are high on the list of superfoods. Blueberries contain a host of healthy plant compounds, including polyphenols - shown to reduce oxidative damage.

Substances in blueberries boost the ability to learn and retain memories, something demonstrated in the lab of James Joseph, who likened the effect of blueberries on lab rats to finding "the rat fountain of youth".

Blueberry extract can be used to make a delicious beverage. One dropperful of this concentrated liquid turns a glass of pure water into a powerful antioxidant cocktail. This delicious beverage is the perfect choice for picky eaters of all ages. You’ll find blueberry extract in the Freshlife vitamin department and web site.

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