Brain Bulletin #95 - This Good-for-Your-Brain-food" has Zero Calories

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Cinnamon is my favourite "brain spice". I use it daily.

Cinnamon can slow down the aging of your brain, it tastes good, it's inexpensive, it's easy to use, and it has almost zero calories.

If that's not enough, consider this:

  • Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that cinnamon may be an important key in Alzheimer's prevention.
  • The same study found that this spice breaks up brain plaques that many believe causes Alzheimer's.
  • Cinnamon has also been shown to protect against infectious disease.
  • Eating cinnamon produces sodium benzoate in your body. This increases neuro-chemicals in your brain called neurotropic factors. These help you neurons to stay alive, and stimulates the birth of new neurons (Psychology Today).
  • Cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels and also reduces cholesterol levels by up to 25%.

Cinnamon has been used since biblical times. Moses added it to anointing oil. The Chinese called it Gui Zhi, and used it for antibacterial properties. Medieval physicians treated infection and arthritis with cinnamon.

Also, it seems that almost everyone I talk to is trying to lose weight. One teaspoon of cinnamon has just 6 calories. A dash has almost zero. Most of the 6 calories are from carbohydrates. Six percent of calories is from protein, just 1% from fat.

This year, why not make cinnamon part of your daily routine.

You could sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices. Top salad, smoothies, cereal, yogurt, special coffees with this "brain spice". I like to sprinkle it on toast and honey. Some people add it to soup and meat.

Here are 20 more super-brain-foods. Try to eat 5 of them every day:
Eat 5 of These Super Brain Foods Every Day!

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My favorite book this probably guessed it: "Kale - The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood" by Stephanie Pedersen. Everything you ever wanted to know about kale...and probably a bit more. Some good recipes.

Well, It's been a busy month. I did a keynote at the Brain Bike Conference in Stowe Mountain Vermont, then to Montreux Switzerland to give another talk, and then teachers in Indianapolis. Plus, lots of presentations in British Columbia. I really enjoy speaking about the brain and leadership, wellness, and learning.

One of the things I like about travelling is meeting new people and seeing new things. New experiences helps the brain grow new connections. It turns out that Vermont really does look like the post cards, the Montreux Jazz Festival really should be on 'bucket lists', and people in Indiana are great! Plus, watching a baseball game at Victory Field was great fun. Now some time off for some summer cycling, reading, hiking.....

This fall will take me to Switzerland twice, Hong Kong, Ireland, Brazil, Indiana, and Germany. Plus, lots of time in the Pacific Northwest.