Spicy brain: phytochemicals for brain power

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Spicy brain: phytochemicals for brain power

2015-06-20 13:07:53

Any food you take effects your body. We now know, that some sort of food is able to help brain and make it better. It is not the end of the story. There are a great amount of very different plants in nature and some of these plants produce interesting substances. Substances, which may effect and make brain, memory and attention better. What kind of plants has them?

fruit salad

We are talking here about chemical compounds known as phytochemicals and a lot of them is in plants we use as spices. Different species of plants produce thousands of different substances, making that way attempts to keep themselves from animals attacks or other things. We don't know every chemical compound of every plant but not a great number of them effects brain in certain, good way. For example there are strong proofs, that phytochemicals in fresh vegetables put a stop to dementia and older brain questions and diseases (Loef & Walach, 2013). Coffee probably has similar effect.

I put under a short of known phytochemicals and plants with good effect on brain (Son et al., 2008).

  • Vegetables: spinach, broccoli
  • Fruits: blueberries, strawberries, red grapes
  • Herbs: green tea, sage, lemon balm, rosemary
  • Spices: turmeric (especially with black pepper), cinnamon
  • Nuts: peanuts

You may speed up your brain training by adding as much of that plants, as possible, to your daily food. If You like, attempt to mix those plants making a salad – then give part your recipe here, in comments or in Your Brain Scale on Facebook!


Loef, M., and Harald Walach. "Fruit, vegetables and prevention of cognitive decline or dementia: a systematic review of cohort studies." The journal of nutrition, health & aging 16.7 (2012): 626-630.

Son, Tae Gen, Simonetta Camandola, and Mark P. Mattson. "Hormetic dietary phytochemicals." Neuromolecular medicine 10.4 (2008): 236-246.