Food is your "MEDICINE" in supporting healthy memory
Many of our ASXL children have developmental delays, seizures, difficulty sleeping, breath holding, and other neurological challenges. There are dietary changes as well as supplements like Bacopa monniera that can be provided via g-tube or as an oral powder mixed with water and honey, juice or fruit mush for better compliance, that can help support brain health.
In traditional medical systems of India and Tibet specific foods and food groups are recommended to improve memory – food is your medicine. Okra (Abelmoschus esculenta, in Hindi vernacular bhindi) and fish exemplify such foods. Other foods that also support a healthy memory include egg yolks, almonds, avocados, and sesame seeds.
There are certain combinations of foods perceived in Ayurveda and Tibetan traditions as detrimental to our health. For example, meat or fish should not be consumed with milk and milk products, combinations of milk with fresh fruits and nuts should also be avoided, and more importantly the indulgence in any type of monodiets, like high fat, high protein or high carbohydrates, is discouraged in favor of a balanced diet.
Good plant sources of essential fatty acids are unsaturated oils from flaxseeds, chia seeds, primrose, pumpkin, wheat germ, canola, soybean and walnut. Good animal sources of the omega-3 essential fatty acids are the meat of salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, tuna and eel, as well as grass fed beef.
There are several notable herbal compounds utilized traditionally in Oriental medicine to support memory functions and also as daily food or food additives that have been tested in pre-clinical and clinical studies. Bacopa monniera is an herbal compound that supports healthy mood and memory by improving communication between the neural cells in the brain. Some of the benefits of Bacopa include reduced anxiety/stress, improved verbal & visual short-term memory, and reduction in ‘wear & tear’ of neurons.
Equal to the considerations given in Indo-Tibetan medicine to the gastrointestinal digestion and its role in health and disease are the spiritual, mental, and emotional processes of an individual. In fact the major emphases of Indo-Tibetan tradition on gastrointestinal digestion have their parallels in mental and emotional processes as well. The mechanisms of Bacopa & other herbal compounds represent some of the most important concepts in support of “mental and emotional digestion” and building the good Karma. These botanicals may exemplify a nutritional and nutraceutical approach that may be an important addition to our intelligent actions in taking care of our general wellbeing, emotions, and memory functions in the process.
Vladimir Badmaev, MD, PhD, American Medical Holdings
Note: This information is designed for educational purposes only. Please consult your health care provider for advice and treatment.