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Delicious Foods That May Reduce Brain Inflammation

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Enjoy this list of foods that offer terrific taste and various benefits including reduction of brain inflammation.

1. Blueberries –

Now these little powerhouses will not keep your smoothie green and vibrant but there are some amazing purple smoothies such as this Fat Burning Smoothie. However, more important than the color is the benefit. Blueberries, also referred to as “Brainberries” by Steven Pratt, MD, author of Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, have been found to protect the brain from oxidative stress which can help stave off the effect of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

2. Avocado –

Avocado may seem like an odd smoothie mix in to some but it actually makes the smoothie creamy and delicious. I will usually use 1/2 of a small avocado for healthy monounsaturated fat. This helps with healthy blood flow which can assist with memory and other cognitive abilities.

3. Nuts –

Pistachio’s may reduce brain inflammation and, according to a study published in the August 2012 issue of the “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry“,  walnuts  may help reverse some forms of age-related brain deterioration. Almonds can improve memory and Macadamia nuts, high in oleic acid, may help prevent stroke. To nourish your brain nuts are great but, of course, do not eat them to excess. I also recommend that nuts be consumed raw and, even, sprouted which helps digestion.

4. Kale –

The main kind of fat in Kale is omega-3 which is linked to many benefits including lowering the risk of depression, diabetes and keeping your brain healthy. This is a wonderful choice for your smoothie but do remember too much of a good thing is not a good thing. The body likes to have many choices so also consider vegetable mix ins such as spinach, cauliflower and sweet potato. These all can help to nourish your brain and your body.

5. Cacao Nibs –

I must mention these because they are my favorite decadent snack but the reality is that, though they may taste decadent, they are not actually decadent at all. Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far and acts as mild stimulant to the mood and the brain. I enjoy these mixed into almost any smoothie. In the photo above you can see that I enjoy layering this yummy goodness.

There are many wonderful additions to your smoothies including superfoods, an array of fruits and vegetables plus beautiful liquids such as water, coconut water, carrot juice and fresh nut milk. Have fun, eat clean and go organic.

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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22 thoughts on “Delicious Foods That May Reduce Brain Inflammation”

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  3. Joan Harrington

    Hi Elise,

    Loved this post on the foods that give your brain POWER! I actually love all except the Kale lol but my daughter loves it 🙂 Thanks for sharing the breakdown of each one of these brain power foods and how it helps the brain 🙂 Great share!

  4. I’m a big advocate on having all these in my diet, I absolutely love Avacado, and regularly make hummus out of it, Kale 100% is the most nutrient dense food there is, so much goodness in their!! I will have a handful of nuts a day, and cacao nibs are a great anti oxidant.

    Being a Vegan I watch what foods I put into my body, I eat around 80% raw vegan and the rest 20% is Normal Vegan aha! Lots of veg and fruit…Leafy greens…Because of this way of eating, I have a massive amount of energy throughout the day.

    Great post

  5. I really enjoyed your post. My husband and I are on a health kick (one to stay) and I see form your list that we are doing really well. I need to start our green juices. We replaced them with Protein shakes but I miss them. Love the tips about nuts. I’ve been buying the cashews (salt and pepper) ..they taste great but I get tummy aches. I will look for raw nuts. Thank you for sharing! Nathalie

  6. The other evening on Shark tank some recent college guy was pitching a supplement he put together that was just for brain power. I’d rather enjoy the ones you talked about. Never thought of using avocado in my smoothie, but will give it a try. Do you have a specific recipe? Eat blueberries daily and nibble on pistachios. Never heard of caco bits. Always more to learn and try.

  7. Funny, I uncharacteristically bought a bunch of kale from my local farm stand yesterday – knowing that I should be eating it once in a while – but sometimes knowing and doing are two different things 🙂 OK, you’ve given me a little nudge – I’ll do it today! Green smoothie for lunch, coming up 🙂 Thanks Elise.

  8. I’d rather like to start making some healthy smoothies Elise,and I’m sure you have some recipes or links to them on this site somewhere, so I shall take a look around.
    Those Cacao nibs sound interesting 🙂

  9. Great post Elise. Doesn’t it just figure that the one item on your list (that I actually really enjoy), pistachios is a food I’m actually allergic too. Will definitely keep this handy for mid-afternoon pick me ups (when I’m most vulnerable).

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.