Top Peruvian Superfoods For Brain Health
Peru is an incredible country with a variable climate and elevation, making it the perfect environment for an abundance of superfoods. And even though all of them come with many health benefits for our overall health and longevity, some are specifically beneficial for brain health.
And they’re so easy to implement in our daily diets. From smoothies and breakfast bowls to superfood-packed dressings and sauces, there are unlimited ways for you to use them in your meals, both savory and sweet. Not only will they add a unique flavor and a fresh version of your staple recipes, but they will nourish you with disease-fighting compounds and micronutrients that work in unison to optimize your nervous system and support brain health.
Brain and The Nervous System
Referred to as the central nervous system for its important role in combining information from every area of your body and coordinating activity across the organism as a whole, it consists of the brain and spinal cord.
The brain is the most complex organ in your entire body and it consists of 60% fat and 40% protein, carbohydrates, salt, and water. It contains blood vessels and nerves (neurons and glial cells) and it’s divided into four lobes:
- Frontal lobe - involved in attention, motivation, planning, reward, and short-term memory
- Temporal lobe - involved in processing sensory input and assigning it emotional meaning
- Occipital lobe - visual processing region of the brain
- Parietal lobe - integrates sensory information including navigation, touch, and spatial awareness.
The brain works through chemical and electrical signal communication that happens all the time throughout the body. It sends and receives information through 100 billion neurons and 1,000 billion glial cells. When this communication is healthy, the brain works at its optimal level and it regulates everything happening in your body at every given second. On the other hand, when this communication and signaling is impaired, that leaves room for a variety of disorders, conditions, chronic inflammation, and imbalance.
Peruvian Superfoods That Support Brain Health
These amazing foods can help support healthy communication between neurons, optimizing the sending and receiving of information and protecting your body from any imbalance or inflammation.
This gorgeous sour berry is rich in a variety of powerful plant compounds, minerals, and vitamins that help boost your mood and support brain health. It has significantly high levels of vitamin C which is one of the strongest antioxidants in nature, helping support your immune system and protect your cells from oxidative damage and free radicals.
In addition to vitamin C, it’s also rich in a variety of other powerful antioxidants like anthocyanins and ellagic acid. They are your greatest protection against the harmful free radicals which can wreak havoc in your body and over time lead to chronic and serious conditions like heart disease and cancer. In fact, studies show its amazing effect on lowering oxidative stress and inflammation.
Through all of its mechanisms and anti-inflammatory health benefits, camu camu is also thought to benefit brain health by helping alleviate symptoms of depression and other mood disorders.
Our camu camu powder is cultivated and sustainably sourced by Amazon Rainforest farmers in Peru, and it consists of 60X more natural Vitamin C than an orange. Add it to juices, smoothies, desserts, drizzle on top of yogurt bowls, turn it into a jam, or add to savory dishes to bump up the tartness and acidity! So many ideas!
Maca is a Peruvian superfood that’s known for a variety of health benefits and even though it’s mostly connected to reproductive health and sexual function, it’s also known as a nootropic.
Nootropics are also known as “smart drugs,” and their role is to boost brain performance and support brain health. Some of them are prescription-based, but there are plenty of them just coming from nature itself. Maca is considered to be one of these powerful cognition enhancers.
Maca root contains high amounts of the amino acids arginine, tyrosine, glycine, serine, histidine, aspartic acid, valine, glutamic acid, phenylalanine, and threonine which act as neurotransmitters and help optimize the communication between neurons. It also contains a compound called macamide that is structurally similar to anandamide, a neurotransmitter that binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain.
Anandamide is also known as the “bliss molecule” and research shows how maca might be able to prolong its presence in your brain, it has a strong effect on improving your overall mood and promoting feelings of joy.
Maca is also well-known for reducing anxiety and depression without having a direct effect on hormones. Studies show that 3.3 g of maca per day reduces anxiety and depression independent of hormone levels. And since its powerful effect on libido and sexual health has been known for years now, it’s no surprise that it also acts as an anti-depressant.
Our maca is cultivated naturally and sustainably grown at 14,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest-quality maca powder on the market. It’s sourced directly from the Peruvian farms so the quality can be completely preserved. It has a slightly nutty and caramel flavor, making it an awesome addition to desserts, smoothies, smoothie bowls, overnight oats, or even hummus! Try it out in a variety of recipes and find your favorite way to include maca into your daily diet.
Loaded with a range of nutrients that have a strong positive impact on your overall health, these little Peruvian superfood seeds are an incredible addition to your home apothecary. They’re rich in antioxidants that help against free radicals and protect your brain and body from inflammation.
Chia seeds also have a high content of healthy fats, or omega 3 fatty acids that play a crucial role in reducing cholesterol levels and improving cardiovascular health, helping our bodies absorb fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D, as well as reducing certain risk factors for heart disease such as triglycerides, inflammation and insulin resistance.
These little superfood seeds also contain both, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, which act as prebiotics and probiotics. They feed the beneficial bacteria in our gut and therefore promote the production of the happiness hormone, serotonin as well as other important neurotransmitters that help regulate your gut-brain connection.
Our chia seeds are cultivated by Cuzco and Puno farmers in Peru, and they’re organic and raw. You can use them to make chia puddings, chia bread, and jams, as well as use them as an egg replacement in the majority of desserts and pastries.
Peruvian superfoods are loaded with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and other powerful plant compounds that boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, increase energy levels, promote brain health, protect against cardiovascular disease, and help you fight against harmful substances and free radicals. Find the best ways to include these brain-boosting superfoods in your everyday diet and nourish your body from the inside out.