Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique fatty acid (healthy fat) naturally found in coconut oil. These fatty acids are quickly digested, absorbed and converted into energy for the body and brain. Incorporating MCTs into the diet helps to provide a sustainable energy source, as well as a multitude of other health benefits.
MCTs are healthy fats and are metabolized differently than LTC (long-chain-triglycerides). How? Well, all dietary fats are molecules composed of individual carbon atoms linked together as chains ranging from 2 to 22 carbon atoms. The shorter the chain, the easier and more quickly it is to absorb, digest and utilize for health benefits. The Standard American Diet is mostly comprised of unhealthy long-chain triglycerides Continue reading “MCT Oil Powder for the Body and the Brain”
Mushrooms are one of those foods that people either love or hate. While I happen to love mushrooms and enjoy eating them any chance I can get, the rest of my family hates them. I completely understand that their earthy taste and chewy texture isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat mushrooms to reap their amazing health benefits. Taking them in supplement form is a great way to get their therapeutic effects.
Throughout the world, mushrooms have been valued for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. Scientific findings show that many mushrooms contain compounds Continue reading “Lion’s Mane Mushroom for Brain Health”
Diet, exercise, sleep and stress can all play roles in maintaining healthy brain function. Supplements can add an extra layer of support. Numerous studies have shown the benefit that certain nutritional supplements can have on brain health, in particular the five listed below. But, before taking any supplement, consult with you primary healthcare practitioner to ensure that there are no contraindications.
Acetyl-l-carnitine: Forgot where you parked your car? Research shows that that the amino acid acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) can boost brain power and improve memory. Its antioxidant properties repair damaged neurons, increasing your memory and capacity to learn. Continue reading “Brain Series: Five Supplements for Brain Health”
If you want improved brain function, get up and move. A recent review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that as little as 45 minutes of exercise per week can improve brain function in your 50s and older.
This is MAJOR! In the past studies have found that exercise has a hand in slowing cognitive decline but this review has showed that exercise improves brain function, even in people who already have mild cognitive impairment.
The study looked at the benefits of exercises which combined both elements of aerobic and resistance training, such as circuits, tai chi, yoga and weight training. Continue reading “Exercise Improves Brain Function”
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. It can also be be caused by an object penetrating the skull. Concussions are a type of TBI and are on the rise, especially in children. TBIs affect how your brain works and, left untreated, can result in brain damage and even death.
If you have had a concussion or know of someone who has, and if you live in or near the DC Metro area, please come to this free talk and blunt discussion about brain injuries by thought leader, Dr. Michael Lewis.
Not content to accept the medical dogma that only time can heal the brain after an injury, Dr. Lewis, a retired Army physician now in private practice, has sought answers on how to help people recover from a concussion or brain injury when the medical system fails.
Combining his traditional medical background and training with outside-the-box thinking, Dr. Lewis pioneered nutritional approaches to TBI for the military. Continue reading “Event: Free Class on Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injuries – May 11”