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Having difficulty concentrating or paying attention? Or constantly forgetting things that you maybe shouldn't? If you're having days, weeks or months where you feel "off", these 4 powerful herbs and botanicals might support you feeling more like yourself again.
Ginkgo For Brain Health
Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair, is a tree native to China that has been grown for thousands of years, and has been used in Chinese medicine to successfully help and treat a variety of illnesses, specifically brain health related diseases.
More recently, researchers have looked into why, scientifically, the plant is so beneficial. It has been shown in multiple studies to promote brain health, because of its ability to assist in the uptake of oxygen and glucose. This helps your brain improve circulation and better utilize the nutrients, shown to improve memory, focus and attention span, as well as overall mental health!
Fun fact: The Ginkgo Tree is an emblem of longevity in China and are given as gifts as a way of wishing good health!
Drink tea with ginkgo: An Elephant Never Forgets
Turmeric For Brain Health
When you think turmeric, you probably think powerfully anti-inflammatory: and you'd be right. But, did you know that turmeric's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich compounds can support the health of your brain?
Turmeric can support attention and memory in adults, so if you find yourself struggling to focus, try to incorporate turmeric into your food. Whether your oats in the morning, your hummus or your roasted veggies, try adding turmeric to something every day. If you want a delicious way to drink turmeric in a unique way, try this Golden Milk Chai or our Tropical Mojito Mocktail. Find a way to use turmeric that you love, I promise it'll be worth it!
Fun Fact: Turmeric is often associated with prosperity and fertility, so it is often applied to the bride's face in Bengali weddings!
Check out 4 Unique Ways to Use Turmeric for more ways to use the healing spice.
Pomegranates for Brain Health
When I was a kid, about once a season we would get a fresh pomegranate that my sister and I would seed together: it was an event! I didn't know at the time, but the sweet, plump seeds, while delicious, are also powerfully healing.
Pomegranates are red, round fruits native to Asia and the Middle East, although currently grown mainly in California. These yummy, unique fruits contain high amounts of polyphenols, which support your brain health by reducing inflammation and preventing oxidative stress.
Feeling like your brain is "off"? Pomegranates might make you feel sharper and more focused: they have been shown in studies to support better brain functioning, including learning and memory. They also might help promote better mental health and a generally better and more regulated mood.
Fun fact: The word "Pomegranate" means "apple with many seeds".
If you're looking for a delicious way to use pomegranate tea, try this Brain Healthy Cranberry Orange Mocktail.
Drink tea with pomegranate: I Heart Pomegranates.
Cacao: A Chocolate Treat for The Brain
Cacao, the plant that gives us ooey gooey chocolate cake, is powerfully rich in antioxidants in its whole form. The Cacao Tree, only found hot and tropical climates, produces the fruit that gives us raw cacao.
Raw cacao is one of the richest sources of beneficial antioxidants, and the flavor is bittersweet, complex, and smooth. Cacao is uplifting, energizing, and might support the overall health of your brain.
Cacao was shown to increase circulation to the brain, leading to better cognitive functioning in this important study. With eleven intervention studies and 366 participants, they determined that cacao may have the ability to prevent neurodegenerative diseases and general cognitive decline.
Fun Fact: When Montezuma was defeated by Cortez in 1519, the conquistadors searched his palace and found huge quantities of cocoa beans. To the Aztecs, "Xocolatl" or their version of hot chocolate, was more valuable than gold or silver.
Drink Chocolate Tea: Try Bulletproof Breakfast
You can find I Heart Pomegranates, Turmeric Fusion, An Elephant Never Forgets (mentioned in this article), as well as our yummy Pumpkin Spice Chai in September's Tea Talk Box! You'll get 3+ servings of each of the four teas, so you can try them out, without commitment to a full size.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you learned a lot and are inspired to make some of these delicious recipes that will support the health of your brain. If you liked this blog post, you would also like Got Inflammation? You Probably Do. Here Are The Top 5 Teas That Will Help You Heal Naturally.