Renowned for her strict diet and healthy eating regimes, Gwyneth Paltrow is always at the forefront of radical foods that have a beneficial impact on the body. But this time the health guru is concentrating on our minds instead of our bodies.
The Hollywood star has come up with a list of ingredients that give our brains an optimal boost, and it’s fair to say that some items on the list are pretty obscure (pearl powder?)
Amanda Chantal Bacon
The 42 year-old healthy-eating lifestyle fan has teamed up with Amanda Chantal Bacon, the founder of Moon Juice, a fresh pressed and nut juice shop in LA. Gwyneth immediately took to the medicinal chef, stating that on her first meeting she ‘literally glows from within’, describing it as an ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ moment.
The two got together to share some of Amanda’s recipes on Gwyneth’s website Goop.com.
GP’s Brain Activating Adaptogenic Drink
Amongst the products available are a couple of drinks, one called GP’s Brain Activating Adaptogenic Drink, which Amanda made especially for Gwyneth after she complained of ‘brain fog and too many amnesiac moments’. The drink contains spring water, almond butter, vanilla mushroom protein, maca powder and a strange compound called ‘brain dust’, created by Amanda herself.
Amanda says that:
“Brain dust increases mental flow, maca delivers abundant energy, mental stamina, and an elevated mood, and the vanilla mushroom protein relieves stress while nourishing the heart and spirit.”
She added that the combination of super foods ‘lights up your brain and increases mental flow by feeding neurotransmitters and brain tissue’.
Other recipes in the Goop article guaranteed to give your brain a boost are a couple of chocolate sweets. ‘Sex Bark’ contains a herb called Ho shou wu, which has been used for centuries to enhance youthfulness, the reproductive organs, and sex drive.
Amanda says that:
“This quick and potent chocolate recipe is perfect for a sweet bite after a romantic dinner.”
Her other chocolate concoction are ‘Spirit Truffles’, which Gwyneth describes on Goop as ‘most intense (and healthiest!) chocolate truffles we’ve ever eaten’. Spirit truffles are made using spirit dust, which is a mixture of reishi, pearl dust, cinnamon, and goji.
Amanda explains why they are so good for you:
“The spirit dust feeds harmony and extrasensory perception through pineal gland de-calcification and activation, while the hemp seeds feed the brain, nourish the eyes, stimulate blood cells, and beautify hair and skin.”
Other Brain Boosting Foods
It seems that Gwyneth is not the only person who has picked up on feeding the brain. Researchers from the university of Tufts in the US have also looked at the importance of brain food.
They found several foods that enhance the brains performance.
One study found that eating just one portion of blueberries a day led to a reversal of nerve cell damage in rats.
Salmon contains large amounts of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is said to boost neuron function in the brain.
Avocados contain extremely healthy unsaturated fats, which work to protect nerve cells in the brain and improve the brain’s muscle strength.
Whole grains are good for the brain as they have a low GI (glycaemic index) and therefore release glucose slowly and steadily into the bloodstream.
Broccoli contains vitamin K which is good for cognitive abilities and choline has been linked to improving memory.
Dark chocolate helps blood flow through the brain and can help verbal fluency and cognitive function in the elderly.
Sources: Goop.com and The Telegraph