Todays blog is for a friend of mine that asked me to make something to help her get some sharp focus and get rid of brain fog.
As a research herbalist I don’t actually make medicines except for myself. I believe that food as medicine is the first line of defense. Here are some herbs that can help relieve brain fog.
Because, well, its chocolate. Most people love chocolate and have no problem eating it. Unfortunately I’m not talking about your milk chocolate candy bar. Adding dairy and other chemicals to chocolate is not good for you in any way.
Dark Chocolate Cacao and Brain Fog
The darker the chocolate the closer it is to the natural bean. The best option is to eat cacao beans or cacao nibs (the inside of the bean that has the shell removed).
Cacao has some amazing health benefits:
-Magnesium rich cacao helps create DHA and protect your brain from neurological disorders
-Cacaos high antioxidant level helps protect the brain from aging.
Cacao helps your body release endorphins for a ZING of energy
Coconut Oil and Milk
People tend to think of coconut oil as fattening. Coconut oil actually helps you release stored fat. Read more in Bruce Fife’s book Eat Fat Look Thin available at amazon.ca
Coconut oil feeds your brain. Age causes your brain to become glucose resistant. Coconut oil actually fits the glucose receptor sites on your brain cells and feeds them keeping them healthy and viable.
Research into coconut oil for the prevention of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia is currently under way.
Ginseng has been used for centuries as a stimulant herb. It has been used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, to improve the immune system function and to increase cognitive function.
As an adaptogenic herb, ginseng is excellent for stress relief and adrenal fatigue.
Got Kola is included in many products to enhance cognitive function and for a good reason.
According to herbwisdom.com Gotu Kola helps maintain the central nervous system. It energizes mental powers, aids memory and supports the adrenals. All of these actions help your brain perform better and without the brain fog.
Most people have heard of Gingko’s ability to help improve memory. It can help with damage caused by atherosclerosis (cholesterol) as well as chemicals.
Gingko is a vasodilator which will increase blood flow to the brain.
There are supplements available on the market for most herbs. For healing foods just make sure you get extra virgin coconut oil. For chocolate you can eat chocolate bars with 70% cacao or more. Even better add the nibs or beans to your cooking. If you like the sweetness of chocolate you can try Fruity Cacao available from Sunfoods. (link is at the bottom of the page)
If you are on medication of any kind please consult your doctor prior to taking any herbal medicines.