NHS14: Brain Enhancers for a Younger Mind05.03.2013
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Sharpen Your Memory and Focus Your Thinking
What Are Brain Enhancers? - If it makes you think faster (react without delay), feel balanced (contented), remember and recall - it is a brain enhancer.
The two most important - yet little promoted - Brain Enhancers are:
- Essential Fats (Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs).
The Many Functions of Lecithin
From Lecithin, your brain creates the chemical stuff thought is made of. The more Lecithin you have, the sharper your mind becomes.
Your body employs Lecithin as its primary cholesterol solvent, as a potent ally for your immune system, and as a moisturizer & lubricant for your joints.
Without enough Lecithin, fats will stagnate, clog cells, and turn rancid, overwhelming your antioxidants with life-destroying free-radicals.
Lecithin is nature's universal emulsifier, reducing surface tension so biological systems are able to manipulate fats with water. This is fancy-talk, saying that Lecithin allows fats to mix with water, and that makes them easier for your body to absorb and/or eliminate.
Why You Need Lecithin Supplementation...
With age, your liver is less efficient in producing and using Lecithin. The signs of Lecithin deprivation then grow more and more obvious.
Most people do not eat enough Lecithin. Rich sources of Lecithin are high fat, high cholesterol foods (beef liver & eggs), and with concerns of disease, many people eat less of these. As a result, Lecithin consumption also decreases. Seeds and legumes can be just as rich in Lecithin, but again, many people don't eat them.
Food processing routinely removes natural Lecithin. Calorie for calorie, people now get far lower amounts of Lecithin in their diet - and much higher amounts of bad fats - than 70 years ago.
Thus, we lean hard upon our liver's ability to manufacture Lecithin. This taxes your liver's production capacity and energy reserves that are necessary for many other essential and critical functions.
Essential Fats Enhance Your Brain Too
Several fatty acids cannot be made by your body and must be supplied through your diet. These are called essential fatty acids, and they play a critical role in your health and vitality.
Found in high concentrations in your brain, Essential Fats aid the transmission of nerve impulses that are needed for normal brain function. Research has shown that a deficiency of Essential Fats leads to an impaired ability to learn and recall information.
Why You Need More Essential Fats...
Too much fat of any type is bad for you. Our fast-paced processed food diets are high in fat, therefore we get too much bad fat. However, you still need "good fats" to keep you healthy. They have incredible anti-inflammatory properties, and we can all use that.
EFAs activate your metabolism, helping you burn fat. They also...
- Get right into your cells and are NOT deposited into your arteries as cholesterol
- Digest easily and don't strain your pancreas, liver, or digestive system
- Stabilize your blood sugar levels, slowing the release of carbohydrates.
Useful fats satisfy your hunger, and enhance your brain's functions!
Useless fats burden your body and keep piling on unsightly pounds of excess weight.
To Sum it Up... It's All About Lubrication
Without the right kind of fats and emulsifiers, things go dry. You need good fats for all the reasons above, and Lecithin to ensure that your body can use them too.
Consider your car's engine oil as essential fat to lubricate. You know what happens when your car's oil dries-up? Well the same thing happens to your body. If you don't know how this feels in your body, consider yourself blessed. Stiffness, aches and pains are signs of inefficient fatty acid utilization.
You might enjoy reading articles in these categories: "Essential Fats" and "Lecithin".
To your health!