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Protect Your Brain With Nutrition

Thursday, 23 February 2012 08:04 AM

There has been an enormous amount of research on ways to protect your brain through nutrition. After reviewing the medical and scientific literature, I can assure you that nutritional methods are infinitely safer and more effective than pharmaceutical drugs. Here is what you can do:
1. Avoid processed foods and eat only freshly prepared meals. Most processed foods contain harmful fats (omega-6 fats), additives, and even toxic metals. In addition, they contain too much salt and sugar.
2. Eat five to 10 servings of fresh vegetables and some fruits every day. Choose nutrient-dense vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, celery, parsley, tomatoes, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, squash, and onions. Because fruits are high in sugar, eat only limited amounts and avoid sweetened fruit juices. These foods contain vitamins, minerals, and special substances called flavonoids that are powerful and versatile antioxidants. In addition, some of them often provide other brain-protective nutrients. My special report "Key Vitamins that Save Your Heart, Prevent Cancer and Keep You Living Long" will give you all the details.
3. Avoid omega-6 oils (found in corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, soybean, and canola oils). You should not cook with these oils, nor should you use products that contain them (chips, breads, pastries, etc.).
4. Consume at least two ounces of extra-virgin olive oil a day. This oil contains a number of powerful antioxidants, as well as healthy monounsaturated oil. You can use it on a salad or mix it with other foods.
5. Take omega-3 oil supplements and foods enhanced with this healthy fat. This includes eggs that contain omega-3. These supplements should not be in gelatin capsules. Get the liquid form of highly purified fish oil. It is molecularly distilled to remove dangerous mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and dioxins. The omega-3 oils reduce brain inflammation and cool down excessive immune activity. "Omega 3: Nature’s Miracle Panacea" explains how omega-3 oils lower your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

6. Avoid sugar. Extensive evidence has shown that sugar plays a major role in accelerating aging — especially brain aging. High sugar intake compounds the risk of Alzheimer’s disease over 300 percent. High-fructose corn syrup is especially damaging.
Next week, I'll give you six more tips on how to use natural means to stay healthy and stave off aging.
For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive.

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