Advanced Nutrient Therapy & Seven Foods to Keep a Vibrant Brain
Learn how to use nutrients and food to maintain brain health, improve memory, and prevent dementia and other mental illnesses.
If your child is not focused enough to concentrate, has difficulty remembering things, and/or does not have good academic performance;
If you find your memory and concentration are declining;
If the elderly people in your family start to experience forgetfulness, anxiety, depression, reticence, or lack of purpose;
You may find the following discussion beneficial to you.
Why Nutrients and Food are Important to Brain Health?
The human brain only accounts for 2% of the body’s weight, but it consumes 20% of our body’s energy and nutrition. The brain is like a busy chemical factory and a powerful nuclear power plant.
As we all know, many chronic diseases, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, have certain genetic factors.
A nutrient-rich and healthy diet cannot change the sequence of genes, but it can regulate the expression of bad genes. This is what is now called epigenetic therapy.
Advanced Nutrient Therapy
Based on a half-century of scientific research by brilliant medical scientists and clinicians like Dr. William Walsh, Advanced Nutrient Therapy is an excellent example of epigenetic medicine. It offers a natural method for correcting biochemical imbalances caused by genetic predisposition and environmental stressors.
These biochemical imbalances cause all kinds of mental illnesses and brain dysfunction by affecting neurotransmitters’ activities. Nutrients rather than medications can treat these conditions more effectively and far more safely.
This approach proved to be highly successful and has benefited millions of persons diagnosed with depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, among other conditions.
Since 2013, Yang Institute has applied the Walsh methodology to its biochemical and epigenetic therapies for mental illnesses, brain dysfunction, and chronic pain. Numerous patients have been freed from symptoms and medications, and improved their brain function and restored quality of life.
“My son Jim started having scary thoughts that he would not share with anyone from age 9, which generated an incredible amount of anxiety. He could not sleep at night, focus during the day, very agitated and depressed. Doctors prescribed all kinds of medications that did not help but caused him headaches and stomach pain. Doctor Yang discovered that my son had a biochemical imbalance and was losing vitamins and minerals that were critical for his brain to function. He developed a formula with compounded nutrients for Jim. Now Jim is 12 and has been free of symptoms for nearly two and a half years.”
– Jennifer M
“I have OCD and hives almost all my life. I took Luvox at the highest dosage to get by. As the medication began to lose its efficacy and gave more sexual side effects, I began to look for alternative treatment, including nutrients. I got better but still not where I want to be. I started to follow Dr. Yang’s treatment protocol religiously, and two years later, I am drug-free and symptom-free.”
– Steve S
Seven Foods for a Vibrant Brain
The reason why the brain is so important is that it undertakes the tasks assigned by the different systems of our body, which in turn provide a substantial amount of the energy and nutrients to the brain.
Therefore, the health of the whole body is key to the health of the brain. Various chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity can cause the decline of memory and other brain functions.
So what is the best way to control these chronic diseases? In addition to exercise, it is healthy food.
Scientific research showed that good nutrition and eating healthy foods can not only improve the functions of the brain but also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other mental health diseases.
Below are seven foods that can fight against the decline of brain function and help you keep your whole body healthy:
1. Green vegetables
Dark green vegetables like kale, spinach and Swiss chard bought in the US are examples of this type of vegetable. The leafy greens are rich in B vitamins, especially chlorophyll. They all play an important auxiliary and catalytic role in the biochemical reactions of the brain.
The leafy greens also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cherries, contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which can prevent brain damage caused by free radicals. These and other berries are also rich in antioxidants and multivitamins, which help reduce inflammation and help you maintain good brain health.
Recently, Japanese researchers discovered that a type of herpes virus infection can increase the risk of depression.
Various bacterial or viral infections can directly or indirectly produce an inflammatory response to the brain, causing various neurological and mental symptoms.
So, it is important to add berries and foods rich in antigens and antioxidants to our daily diet.
Nuts, such as pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews and peanuts, are rich in healthy fats, magnesium, vitamin E and B vitamins.
Studies have shown that, compared with women in the same age group who do not eat nuts, women over 70, who eat at least five servings of nuts a week, have significantly better brain function.
Another study showed that the phytochemicals in English walnuts can reduce brain cell inflammation, which, in turn, helps maintain brain function throughout the aging process.
4. Food Rich in Omega-3
The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform. The EFAs, particularly the omega-3 fatty acids, are important for brain function.
Foods rich in omega-3 include olive oil, flaxseed, and fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel.
5. Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and others.
Because they are rich in B vitamins and carotenoids, they have the ability to lower the level of homocysteine, which is an amino acid associated with cognitive decline, brain atrophy and dementia. This homocysteine can also damage the heart, especially for people who are born with methylation disorders and are prone to produce higher homocysteine.
Methylation, a very important biochemical reaction, is related to almost all of our chronic diseases. 20 to 30% of people have different degrees of methylation disorder.
Some spices, like sage, cumin and cinnamon, not only make food taste great, they also contain a lot of polyphenols, which can swallow brain plaques and reduce inflammation, thereby preventing cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and providing many benefits for memory and brain health.
Chinese people have a good habit of eating melon seeds. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants and nutrients, such as vitamin E, zinc, omega-3s and choline, which can reduce cognitive decline. The same is true with flaxseed. Sprinkling on salad or adding them to other foods can improve brain health.
What about Red Meat?
Though meat contains important nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, iron, and important amino acids that are good for the brain, red meat has two main problems. One is how the animals are raised. If they are not grass-fed, they often contain hormones and antibiotics. The other is that red meat contains too much saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, as well as excessive iron. If it is processed meat, it also contains many preservatives and additives. These will cause damage to the heart and brain. Harvard University research shows that people who eat too much red meat die younger.
In addition, research from the University of California found that eating too much red meat is prone to Alzheimer’s disease, because excessive iron can damage brain cells.
Other Foods that are not Good for the Brain
Other foods to be cautious of include alcohol, a variety of refined grains, sugar and desserts. These foods are risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
Nutrient Therapy and Diet Counseling at Yang Institute
Combining advanced nutrient therapy with diet counseling, naturopathic remedies, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Yang Institute has helped numerous patients be free from symptoms and medications, while improving brain function and restoring quality of life.
Our trained and experienced clinical staff will be pleased to answer your questions regarding Advanced Nutrient Therapy and brain and mental health services offered at Yang Institute.