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Since sexual harassment has become an issue the male brain has to be considered and perhaps better nutrition is part of the solution.

There has been a rush on “brain supplements” that sell for $40 to $60  per 30-pill bottle marketed aggressively by companies that give you a sample for a “shipping and handling” charge of $4.95 on your credit card, but in the tiny-greyed-out type below you will find if you do not  cancel within 14 days your credit card will be hit with a charge every 28 days, which is 13 times per year.  Apparently these companies run on the Islamic lunar calendar.

If you call the company immediately you can cancel the order, but in a recent incident we got the first month of pills and after taking them were clearly not one whit smarter, but we were a lot looser in the bowels.

The issue of food to make us smarter became a research project and the first item we found was fish.  Fish has long been called “brain food” due to  beneficial effects of fish oil, but we have not been able to find a study and never will as no one can patent fish, but fish is expensive unless you grow it in your own pond or live by a body of clean water and have a good way of catching them.

Scouring the literature with the Bing search engine turned up nine foods that are supposed to enhance and preserve your brain power.  Until some studies are done this is about as good as you can get at any price.

Avocados: Avocados have several nutrients good for brains. They are rich in  monounsaturated fats, that produce a neurotransmitter substance good for memory and learning. They also have tyrosine, an amino acid that enhances concentration and brain function.

Blueberries:  Blueberries are thought to be the best berries for enhancing brain function as they a loaded with an easily assimilated sugar and are anti-inflammatories as they have flavonoids that are potent antioxidants good for vascular health.

Eggs:  The egg is back in favor after several decades of disdain due to the high cholesterol of yolks, but recent studies show egg cholesterol is digested so well it is not a problem.  They do have lots of other nutrients and “choline” that is a specific brain nutrient.  The yolk is the source of most of the nutrients.

Dark leafy greens: Kale, spinach, chard, mustard greens, watercress, and other greens include many vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients in easily assimilated form as well as include nitrates that become nitric oxide, a vasodilator that improves blood flow.  Anything that improves blood flow is good for the brain.

Walnuts: All nuts are nutritional powerhouses, but none have the brain boosting properties of walnuts. They are one of the best sources of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant form of Omega-3s, and one of the few foods that contain mood-elevating serotonin.  Studies show walnuts also have compounds that reduce inflammation and inhibit formation of the amyloid plaque, a marker of Alzheimer’s.  Eat them raw for best results.

Dark chocolate:   Is a favorite brain foods from the cacao bean, which is full of flavonoids that increase blood flow. They’re also excellent anti-inflammatories, raise the good cholesterol, lower bad cholesterol, have fiber and magnesium that reduce blood pressure.  Nutritional authorities recommend eating dark chocolate with at least  70% concentration of cacao.

Tea: Black tea has both calming and stimulating effects, thanks to the unique combination of the amino acid L-theonine and caffeine. The result is better concentration and memory. And studies suggest that antioxidant catechins in black and green tea may prevent cognitive decline and memory loss, boost reaction time and improve mood.

Turmeric: The principle spice in curry, contains curcumin, an antioxidant that passes through the protective blood-brain barrier to produce oxidative stress relief directly to brain cells.  The people of India consume two grams of turmeric a day and there is very little Alzheimers or heart disease there.  You can buy Turmeric in health food stores for $15 per pound which is a seven and one-half month supply per adult.  That Turmeric has not been studied or promoted by our health authorities tells us a lot about them.

Yogurt:  Fermented foods like yogurt nourish the lower alimentary canal bacteria performing digestion that is good for the brain. Too much “bad” gut bacteria creates toxic byproducts that damage brain cells.  It is important to choose plain yogurt that has “live and active cultures” printed on the label.  Other fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kefir and tamari are similarly effective in our lower alimentary canals.

The importance of all this is that there are substances in our foods that improve our lives if we find them, but we are getting limited help from our health authorities and the US Patent Office.  In some respects patents have been abused and substances that could have saved many lives have been kept out of their reach with high prices due to greed.  This is an area where good legislation, regulation and enforcement could have a very positive effect, but it appears nothing is being done.  Meanwhile, you have the freedom to make choices and enjoy the truth the free market is producing every day.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology. During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean's office. "You don't like the way we do things here?" was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion. After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover's books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962. While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series. For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on http://www.worldcat.org/search and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800. Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson's PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70's. His "Timing Waves to Enter The Sea" article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual. "UFO's, The Eye and the Camera" documents his "Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed." It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically. Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook's secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of "The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method. On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD. When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90's to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work. The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the "II" machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the "star" economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves. Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, "The Stock Surfer" was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at Amazon.com December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: http://CO2Au.blogspot.com and http://fuelfarm.i8.com -30-

 

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