Feed your Brain with Spinach Dhal

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You are What You Eat

If this saying were literally true, most of us would be walking fast food plates – french fries carrying on a conversation with a juicy burger and frosty milk shake.

But it’s not.

So what does it really mean, you are what you eat?

It’s simply an age old philosophy applied to nutrition – “you reap what you sow”. If you sow a field of wheat, you will reap wheat. If you sow corn, then you get corn. If you “sow” fat into your body, you will inevitably reap fat.

This is a concept that contributes heavily in our quest of brain enhancement. When a farmer sows manure and fertilizer into his garden or field, he will reap in a healthy, efficient, green, and productive crop. The brain technician that fertilizes the field of his mind with rich, healthy nutrients, will reap an efficient, healthy, productive mind.

What are you, and what do you want to be?

Feeding the Brain

This recipe has 6  brain-vital ingredients:

  1. Trout = Omega 3 fatty acids/Docosahexaenoic acid
  2. Spinach = Folate, Lutein, potassium, antioxidents
  3. Split peas = Folic Acid,
  4. Mustard seeds = Selenium, Omega 3 fatty acids
  5. Cumin seeds = Ayurveda (look up Jeera water – very interesting)
  6. Garlic = Diallyl Sulfide, allixium, selenium, antioxidants

And here’s the recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients

(Serves 4)
• 1 cup yellow split peas or split moong dal, soaked overnight in water
• 1 whole hot pepper
• 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
• 2 Tbsps vegetable or canola oil
• 1 tsp black mustard seeds
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 2 large, thinly sliced cloves of garlic
• Salt (a pinch or two, to your taste)

Preparation

1. Rinse soaked peas and drain 2. Add to a 4 or 5 quart pot. Add 5 cups water and the hot pepper and stir.
3. Cover pot, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Cook to the consistency of pea soup, then add the spinach and seasoning. Set the heat to a low setting.
4. As the peas simmer, heat your oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to crackle, add the cumin and cook for a half a minute or so, then add the garlic and cook till it is yellow.
5. Remove the mixture from heat and pour the contents into the simmering dhal. Stir and let simmer for a minute – and you’re done! Serve with brown rice, bread, or similar side, or eat the mixture as a soup or stew.

Keep in mind that the farmer that fertilizes and sows will only benefit from the crop if he reaps – reaping in our case is putting our mind to work and reaping the benefits – what is the use of a fit mind that does nothing?

The Top 20 Healthy Brain Nutrients!

Why Your Brain Needs Natural Nutrients

In light of my recent Nootropic recipe postings, I have decided to balance my study with an organic approach to brain health and improvement. It’s best to build a healthy brain diet revolving around foods that promote brain health first – lay that foundation before building on it with the stronger supplements such as the Racetam family of Nootropics.

The reason I say this is because many brain supplements will not perform their function as well in a malnourished brain – it’s like the relationship between glutamine and whey protein – you’re body will likely benefit from the consumption of one independent from the other, but the strongest gains will certainly be seen when using the two to compliment each other, due to the increase of insulin levels that result in a faster delivery of nutrients to the muscles.

So a healthy brain is a must!

Here is a list of nutrients that the brain craves – choosing foods high in the brain nutrients on this list will help you develop and maintain a powerful and healthy brain.

The Top 20 Brain Nutrients

  1. Alpha linoleic, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids
  2. Vitamin E
  3. Vitamin B6
  4. Magnesium
  5. Phenylalanin
  6. Riboflavin
  7. Choline
  8. Anthocyanins
  9. Antioxidents
  10. Thiamine
  11. Theanine
  12. Zinc
  13. Catechines
  14. Polyphenols
  15. Lutein
  16. Zeaxanthin
  17. Mono-unsaturated fats
  18. Vitamin K
  19. Nasunin
  20. Calcium

For further individual research, just google “foods rich in (nutrient) “, or “fruits/vegatables high in (nutrient)”, etc. You get the picture.

My next posts will contain some healthy brain-food recipes to get us on the right track.

Anxiolytic Cocktail

Hack: The Anxiolytic Cocktail provides the user with the benefits of the Aniracetam base, and uniquely merges anxiety killing herbs and synthetic derivatives to improve the emotional state of mind.

Ingredients

Serves 1

  • 600 mg Aniracetam
  • 250 mg Bacopa
  • 200 mg L-Theanine
  • 500mg Choline Bitartrate

Preparation #1

  • Combine ingredients with orange juice or similar liquid to minimize the objective taste.

Preparation #2

  • Combine ingredients into size 0 or 00capsules.

I am currently in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of this recipe. So far I have experienced the typical nootropic benefits of increased memory capacity and speed, as well as a heightened sense of social acumen and awareness. The combination does have an emotional “boosting” effect, that is, mood enhancement, augmentation of the overall sense of well-being. Not entirely convinced that this combo does a whole lot better than a simple theanine/racetam compound, but i shouldn’t be too quick to conclude the study – I’ll write an update in a week or two with a final judgement. 

Brain Supplement Stack: The PowerCog Formula

DIY: This brain supplement cocktail is similar to the other aniracetam-base recipes, but adds an extra dimension of concentration and memory capability, as well as an improvement in efficiency of thoughts and memory retention.

Ingredients

Serves 1

  • 800 mg Aniracetam
  • 15 mg Vinpocetine
  • 500 mg Alpha GPC
  • 500 mg Centrophenoxine
  • 500mg Choline Bitartrate

Preparation #1

  • Combine ingredients with echinacea, orange juice or similar liquid to minimize the objective taste.

Preparation #2

  • Combine ingredients into size 0 or 00 capsules.

Side note: I have experienced a psychologically impairing affect (downward spiraling mood swings) from the consumption of vinpocetine – none of my prior research had indicated this to be a potential side affect, but it was, nonetheless, present in my experimentation, so I thought it was a relevant observation to add.

On the bright side, when combined with a higher dose of piracetam or aniracetam, the negative affects subsided or were eradicated completely. Also, if you take vinpocetine before going to sleep, you may experience some very vivid lucid dreams – I noticed this early in my vinp evaluation, and also observed a pattern in the cycle – the dreams would tend to match the mood I was in, and not just match the mood, but amplify the mood to its extreme. One night I went to bed feeling mildly gloomy about a particular social situation. That night my dreams were not simply bits and pieces of random subconscious elements, but a dramatically detailed nightmare that felt like unadulterated reality. Although I woke up thanking God for “actual” reality, I value the experience and consider it high on my list of memorable happenings.