Micronutrient deficiency=brain deficiency

MineralsThe ability to think clearly, learn, process information, remember, and solve problems requires adequate micronutrients—minerals, vitamins and microminerals you may have never heard about.

Maintaining a good daily intake and balance of mincronutrients is not only critical for growth and development and overall health, but is also essential for maximum cognitive functioning… or feeding our brain the right nutrients!

Our brain needs constant energy via magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, iodine, selenium, zinc, the B vitamins, vitamin E and many other nutrients.

Unlike our age of ‘specialization,’ our bodies do not work that way. All the nutrients that make us live bodies, while each having some specializations, also have many other functions together with their fellow nutrients (a little like the old-fashioned general practitioner).

A deficiency of any or all of these essential brain nutrients can have far-ranging impacts on cognitive functioning.

For instance:

Calcium regulates many physiological processes, including neuronal gene expression and secretion of neurotransmitters. Calcium is found mostly in the bones, and if calcium intake is insufficient, the body ‘steals’ it from the bones, leading to osteoporosis and other bone weaknesses.

Iodine is needed for synthesis of thyroid hormones required for myelination of the central nervous system, and is essential for the normal development and maintenance of the brain.

Magnesium participates in more than 300 of the body’s metabolic reactions, many of which serve brain function.

Selenium is a trace element needed for vital antioxidant enzymes in brain and other tissues.

Zinc is required at high levels in the brain, where it performs catalytic, structural and regulatory roles in cellular metabolism.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vitamin E is a serious deficiency in many Americans. Vitamin E works to keep all the cells, including brain cells, healthy and functioning— and retarding cognitive decline.

We do not get those nutrients in the Standard American Diet, which is an excellent reason to minimize or eliminate junk and processed foods. It will be difficult, because three-quarters of most supermarkets are filled with them.

Look for whole foods, particularly organic. They supply many of the nutrients our bodies and brains require.

A few foods especially helpful for brain function include berries, nuts, seeds, dark, green leafy vegetables, avocadoes, asparagus and olive oil salad dressings (stay away from bottled, processed salad dressings). Whole grains such as millet, quinoa and oats are good brain food, but NOT modern wheat, which is so glutenized that it is a disaster for intricate bodily functions.

Fish is another well-researched and traditional brain food. However, with unnatural GMO farm-raised fish,  polluted oceans—and particularly Pacific radiation from Fukishima that is infecting and killing billions of ocean creatures, be careful what fish you get.

It is up to each of us to learn more about the nutrients we are consuming and what our bodies may need in an age where modern food has been manipulated beyond anything our ancestors could have imagined.

Sources: www.mineralresourcesint.com, Linus Pauling Research Institute Newsletter, www.life-enhancement.com

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