If you’ve been a longtime reader of this newsletter, you know that reducing chronic inflammation is essential for overall health.
But reducing the equally damaging neuro-inflammation that occurs in your brain requires a much more unique approach.
Research reveals that cooling brain inflammation is vital for preserving your cognitive function and memory. And in order for inflammation to be reduced effectively, you must work on it every single day. That’s why it’s imperative to find a solution that’s both accessible and easy to do.
And that’s why I’m such a fan of flavonoids.
Boosting your long-term cognitive performance
Flavonoids are plant compounds that perform numerous bodily functions, but none are more important than their benefits on your brain.
Flavonoids put the green in your spinach and the blue in your blueberries. The more vibrant and colorful a fruit or vegetable, the more nutritional flavonoids it contains.
And these colorful antioxidant compounds don’t disappoint. They’re loaded with complex flavors to keep us coming back for more, and anti-inflammatory effects to help us achieve optimal brain and overall health.
Several years ago, in a groundbreaking study, French researchers demonstrated how flavonoids’ inflammation-dousing effect specifically benefits the brain…
Scientists recruited more than 1,600 volunteers who were over the age of 65. Each participant filled out detailed food frequency questionnaires and took tests to evaluate cognitive health. These tests were repeated three times over the following decade.
Results were impressive, clearly linking high intake of flavonoid-rich foods with better cognitive performance. But most importantly, participants with consistently high flavonoid intake experienced a better “evolution of cognitive performance” over the 10-year follow-up.
The message couldn’t be clearer: These foods will keep your brain working at its best.
Exclusive access to your brain
In Dr. Fred Pescatore’s Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia, he notes that flavonoids are one of the most effective tools for keeping brain inflammation in check, particularly due to its rare ability to cross the blood brain barrier. (The brain barrier is the protective membrane that filters what can and cannot reach the brain.)
Dr. Pescatore adds, “Getting more flavonoids in your diet can make all the difference in whether you’re able to punch in your ATM pin number without a moment’s hesitation…or whether you spend an hour looking all over the house for your reading glasses — while they’re sitting on top of your head.”
Dr. Pescatore firmly believes that keeping brain inflammation levels low is key to preserving memory and cognitive function.
As he tells his patients, “Inflammation is the silent culprit behind those annoying “senior moments” which become more and more frequent as you age.”
And to gauge your potential for brain inflammation, you only need to ask your doctor to check your level of C-reactive protein (CRP) — a reliable inflammation marker. Dr. Pescatore cites a University of California study where aging participants with measurable CRP levels scored lower on memory tests compared to peers with no measurable CRP.
And this is where flavonoids come to the rescue — in more ways than one.
Keeping the conversation going between brain cells
While flavonoids are busy crossing the blood brain barrier to smooth out damaging inflammation, Dr. Pescatore notes that they keep your thinking clear and your memory intact in another way… They also support communication between brain cells.
Fortunately, it’s easy to spread your dinner table with plenty of delicious flavonoid-rich foods. These include:
- Citrus fruits
- Dark chocolate
- Leafy green vegetables
- Red wine
Dr. Pescatore notes one caveat: Even if you eat an abundance of these foods, you might not end up with the flavonoid levels you need to make a persuasive impact on your brain health. That’s why he recommends boosting your flavonoid intake with a quercetin supplement.
He explains, “Quercetin is a flavonoid found naturally in foods like onions and garlic, and quercetin supplements are widely available, and can be found at most local pharmacies or health supplement retailers. I recommend 50 mg per day.”
And he adds that many powdered superfood blends are starting to include berries in the mix. He says, “They’re an easy, delicious way to add more flavonoids to your diet. And if you’re going to take one, I highly recommend a ‘purples’ mix that focuses on several flavonoids.
“It’s the perfect way to feed your brain!”
Of course, flavonoids are just one of the nutrients you need to keep your brain in the best of health. For many additional nutrients, supplements, and brain-building strategies, refer to Dr. Pescatore’s Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Click here to learn further details about this unique online learning tool, or to get started today.