It’s all in the Mind: Memory and Natural Products

A good mind goes a long way in life. And while the playing field is not necessarily level in this regard – as is the case with most human attributes – there is a lot we can do to improve our brain power and mental agility, even if we are not the next Einstein or Mozart or Isaac Newton.

The mind and the brain is an amazing realm. Each year we hear more and more about new findings and new understanding of the brain and the mind and what makes it tick and function better. Fortunately, the western scientific community is finally coming up to pace with the notion of neuroplasticity and the capacity of the brain to actually change itself and alter and improve.

Once upon a time this was unheard of – except in eastern realms – where the process and exploration of meditation practices led to a cultural understanding of brain and mind plasticity.

In “The Brain That Changes Itself” Norman Doidge looks at this issue and shows how the mind and the brain can actually change, heal and develop and compensate over time.[1]

Dr. Dan Siegel is another proponent of this view. He writes and lectures extensively on the power of meditation and its profound impact upon the capacity of the brain to change and rejuvenate.[2]

So – we are not simply born with a brain and mind and then that is that!

Natural Remedies for the Mind

Meditation has long been considered an incredible neuroplasticity tool by the Tibetans, and as Siegel states, is now being incorporated into western approaches to mind power and brain healing. But there is also a lot you and I can do with natural remedies for the mind.

Firstly it is important to eat a balanced diet that is free from or low in processed and refined foods.

Try to maintain a healthy eating plan that incorporates produce from the 5 main food groups. The readyed website classifies these as

  • Grains
  • Meat and Proteins
  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Fats, oils and sweets.[3]

Supplements that also benefit your brain include:

  • Omega group of oils 3, 6 and 9’s
  • lecithin
  • minerals such as potassium
  • Vitamins A, B and E

You may also want to consider Ayurvedic herbs as part and parcel of your mind optimisation approach.  Brahmi is one herb that is said to improve the blood flow to the brain, which in turn increases oxygenation and may help with memory.

Gingko biloba is also touted by some as an incredibly powerful brain herb. This herb is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is said to increase the workings of the Central Nervous System and the brain.

Your brain is a precious commodity and a source of wonder and delight. Look after it and help it change and grow and heal and stay healthy.

Have a wonderful day and remember to keep those thinking caps on.