I want to start by talking about what chemicals and elements are good and bad for us in terms of cognitive enhancement. This is detailed work I have spent a lot of time researching.
Blood & You are What You Eat
The basic premise is that what you eat, breathe or absorb is what circulates in your brain. So, where is blood made? Blood is made in your bones, for example your pelvis bone which dumps the cells in your blood which is then circulated throughout your body. Therefore you are what you eat, and you can NOT function better than what your putting into your system. So let’s get down to what’s good and bad, starting with what’s bad.
What is bad for Cognition
A lot of protien from back in the day, especially Cacao protien contained a lot of lead, and as we know lead has been linked to lower IQ levels. This is why it is banned from household paint and toys that kids use to play with. Therefore Lead = Bad, I will go on to talk about how other heavy metals can be bad for you. Rice protien is high on tungsten, cadium which too are not good for cognitive performance. Did you know a flu shot has trace amounts of Mercury? No amount of Mercury is good for you.
Your Brain runs off of blood, oxygen, glucose etc, so let’s discuss other metals and minerals that are actually good for you.
Selenium is one such chemical that is good for you, that is not toxic for your body or your brain, but, lets go down the list one by one and I may even break this post down into smaller amounts so it is easier to follow.
Let’s Start from the top of the Chemical Elements Table (This is in point form as there are a lot of points)
Lithium – Anti Depressant, Brain Function Modulator (trace amounts) — psychosis — therapeutic (mineral hot springs) — modulating brain function.
Magnesium – enhance relaxation of body, needed for neuron function and in cardio function — the relaxing of the heart muscle, at the trailing edge of pumping action is aided by Magnesium. A vasodilator, so relaxes the wall of your heart. Few minerals sold over the counter and you can soak in it (Magnesium sulfate – or epsom salt crystals). Magnesium Oxide for example is totally terrible, you must get the bioavailable kind.
Copper – Need very little bit, too much, you start to have mental problems. Copper poisoning leads to mental anxiety, anger, bipolar behaviour. Most people get too much from Copper, especially too much from multi vitamin (let’s say Centrum — They want to be able to state they have 100% of your daily values). Many pipes in homes have copper, it picks up copper, when water runs through Brass, it picks up brass (which most likely has lead). The ones in vitamins are toxic, they are synthetic and totally toxic and does your body no good.
Silver – Is anti bacterial, just like Copper. Silver is more inert, thats why its in medical devices, and dental work.
Gold (Au) – Monatomic gold supplements barely contain gold, so don’t really buy these.
Zinc – Is good for “healing”. It can accelerate the repair of your skin and immune system and gives your physical organs the ability to resist airborne diseases like influenza. Zinc may also be good for repairing damaged neurons quickly and most people do have damaged Neurons as we have been exposed to brain damaging solvents that are in our foods.
Cadmium – Is high in rice protien and is a heavy metal (powdered chocolate) and coffee. Also damage for kidney, heart and skin and harden your arteries.
So you may be wondering what are some natural sources to get good healthy vitamins and minerals in your system? I stumbled upon this post about the top foods that help help you improve your memory.