Super Brain-boosting Herbs
Amalaki - Also known as Indian gooseberry, the amalaki's juice contains 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. Research has shown that amalaki reduces inflammation and enhances both long- and short-term memory. It is also a detoxifier that helps improve digestion. You can find it in jam form at health food stores. Eat 1-2 teaspoons of amalaki jam each day, on a cracker or toast for breakfast. Amalaki is also available as a powder.
Sage - Sage helps prevent the loss of mental function that comes with age by increasing oxygen to the brain and helping improve concentration. Available both fresh and dried, sage adds flavor to soups, poultry and vegetable dishes, etc. Or you can take sage as an oil extract, available at health food stores. Take 30 drops per day to help build a super brain.
Deepak Chopra’s #1 Secret Behind a Super Brain: Meditation
To keep your brain young, practice mediation. Meditation helps you relax, cope with stress and improve your overall health. This is because whenever you close your eyes and go inward, even for a few minutes, your brain gets a chance to reset itself. Decades of research have shown that meditation can actually decrease your biological age by approximately 12 years.
To keep your brain young through meditation, follow the 3 steps listed below. Or watch Deepak Chopra’s mediation demonstration.
Step 1: Sit up straight, close your eyes and become aware of your breath.
Step 2: Visualize the age you want to be. (Choose a biological age within the last 15 years of the age you are now.) This becomes known as your “biostat,” your set point in consciousness. Just as a thermostat adjusts the temperature in a room, your biostat adjusts the psychology and biology around the biological age you have chosen.
Step 3: Repeat the biostat mantra for several minutes: “Every day in every way, I am increasing my mental and physical capacity. I look and feel a healthy ___ years old.”
Practice this technique five times a day: When you first wake up; before breakfast, lunch and dinner; and before you go to sleep. The more you do this exercise, the more the perception of your age will become a reality.