Brain Death Diet: Vegetables To The Rescue

Hello everyone:

As we continue on in discussing that what we eat is critical to brain health, vegetables (and fruits) are standouts necessities for maintaining and creating a healthy brain. Many people, and I mean MANY people, simply do not eat enough vegetables.

“Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Only 12 percent of adults met the recommendations for fruit.” 

It is ONLY in the plant kingdom that we can find and consume the natural phytochemicals that are profoundly health restorative and sustaining. It has been often quoted that if everyone ate their full daily requirement of vegetables (with some fruit), there would not be enough to meet the needs of our populace. One reason is that the government subsidizes animal products, dairy and grains more than anything else, with only a very small amount of subsidies going to vegetable production.

Here are just a few of the thousands of links available:

Here are a few quotes from one of the above articles:

“Polyphenols, natural compounds found in plant-based foods, possess special properties that can battle oxidative stress and stimulate the activation of molecules that aid in synaptic plasticity, a process that underlies cognitive function. Unlike many traditional treatments, polyphenols affect a broad range of mechanisms in the brain that can assist in the maintenance of cognitive and mental health, as well as the recovery from neurodegenerative diseases

We will discuss the molecular systems that link polyphenols, the gut, and the brain, as well as introduce published human and animal studies demonstrating the effects of polyphenol consumption on brain plasticity and cognition.

Thus, the consumption of diets enriched with polyphenols may present the potential of dietary manipulation as a non-invasive, natural, and inexpensive therapeutic means to support a healthy brain.”

Bottom Line: In order to reach your health potential and recover from stress, illness, trauma, chronic health conditions etc., we simply need to eat our vegetables and fruits (NOTE that it is NOT fruits and vegetables but vegetables and fruits, i.e., eat much more vegetables than fruit!). No amount of supplements or exercise will overcome a plant deficient food plan. What do you want? If you want to be healthy, recover from a condition, prevent illness…consume a lot of vegetables, make them varied and if you do not know how to cook…learn to cook now and save your own life!! The plant based craze we are experiencing now is because of the superior health outcomes it produces. A great place to start reading about this is: “The Longevity Diet” by Valter Longo, PhD.

Investing in the time to learn to cook and prepare foods is without a doubt an investment that pays greater dividends than you might imagine!!

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