It has always been apparent that neurodegenerative diseases are extremely crippling but there was never much research on the prevention of these ailments. However, as more and more studies are being done, it has become increasingly evident that certain foods can slow down or prevent the progression of these diseases.
Nature has been a source of inspiration for its potent healing properties with minimal side effects. Yet, only recently have things like matcha and medicinal mushrooms have been extensively studied, and they are some of the two newest superfoods linked to brain health.
Let’s break down the healing properties of each. Matcha is extremely rich in chlorophyll, enhances mood, promotes a feeling of relaxation, lowers blood sugar, gently detoxifies, and has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants when compared to other foods. Not only is it a neuroprotective superfood but it also has anti-microbial properties. It also contains amino acids and l-theanine that promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves play a significant role in boosting creativity, alertness, intelligence, and memory.
Medicinal mushrooms have been known to modulate the immune system, improve cardiovascular health, purify blood, detoxify the body, increase energy, improve mental clarity, lessen the symptoms of depression, and support healthy cellular production. That is a very watered-down version of their benefits, but a study recently showed that mushrooms had the ability to cut down mild cognitive impairment in the elderly by fifty percent.
Matcha can be consumed with water, milk, or nut-milk. There are many reputable brands for matcha such as Encha, Art of Tea, and Matchaful. As for the medicinal mushrooms, Host Defense carries all different varieties of supplements. Finally, Four Sigmatic also carries a matcha latte mix with medicinal mushrooms in it for more of a synergistic effect.