Are you feeling foggy in your mind as spring leads into
summer heat? This Brain and Vision Blend recipe will enhance your cognitive
function and brighten eyesight with tasty antioxidant herbs and spices.
Read on to learn how the spices in your cupboard – such
as cloves, rosemary, sage, and turmeric – can improve your health and
Brain and Vision Spice-and-Herb Blend
The herbs and spices in this blend are packed with
antioxidants that help protect your brain cells from aging and defend against
the damage caused by toxins.
This recipe – among nine
other herbal blends for common conditions – comes from my new book “Secrets
of Longevity Cookbook.”
Simply mix in equal amounts:
– dried rosemary
– dried sage
– dried mint
– ground cinnamon
– ground cloves
– garlic powder
There’s no need to measure these spices and herbs
precisely, but I recommend using equal amounts of each spice in dried and
You can use a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder (that
you use only for herbs and spices) to grind these.
The consistency of the finished spices should be a dark
Store the blended spices in an airtight, glass jar to
protect the volatile oils for six months to a year.
Add this blend to your meals just as you are finishing
cooking the dish – about one minute before you turn off the heat.
Sprinkle in your soups, stir-frys, fish and veggie
dishes, and bean and grain dishes.
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These herbs have plenty of health benefits in store for
One caveat: if you are on medication, speak with your
physician to make sure these herbs aren’t interfering with your
Cloves contain antioxidant compounds.
Don’t put this cold season companion spice in the back
of your cupboard just yet!
Cloves are an amazing source of antioxidants and
abundant phenol compounds, which help combat toxins and the gradual damaging
processes that result in cell aging.
Support for cellular health translates to a younger
brain and healthy eyes.
Also, research suggests that a compound found in cloves
called eugenol functions as a platelet inhibitor, which may help protect you
from stroke associated with blood clots.
Rosemary protects from free radical
Rosemary is also extremely high in the anti-inflammatory
substances and antioxidant compounds that protect your bodily tissues from free
One antioxidant, carnosic acid, has been singled out for
its ability to promote eye health and to protect the tissues of the brain.
More research is being conducted to investigate this
antioxidant’s promising role in the prevention of degenerative brain issues
like age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
On its own, rosemary can be a helpful digestive aid for
settling your stomach.
This is a great herb to grow in your kitchen window,
whether you want to cook with fresh needles, or hang upside down to dry out and
add to a spice and herb blend.
Sage advice for brain and vision health.
Clary sage was once used by the Romans as an eyewash to
clear the vision.
Native Americans put white sage seeds into their eyes
and rolled under the eyelids to cleanse the eyes.
You may not be putting seeds in your eyes anytime soon,
but there are many benefits to including sage in your diet, far beyond its
Research has found that sage contains
acetylcholinesterase-inhibiting compounds that appear to reduce some of
Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.
With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties,
sage combats the inflammation that is often linked to cognitive decline, and it
has been suggested that sage can also improve memory.
Drink sage tea on its own for a brain and vision boost,
or sprinkle this spice blend into your dishes.
Turmeric’s curcumin combats plaque.
This tasty, orange spice appears frequently in curry
dishes, and boasts anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties.
A chemical called
curcumin is being studied for its positive effect on the brain.
Recent research points to curcumin as an inhibitor of
toxic beta-amyloid plaque; in fact, this substance may even help break down and
remove this plaque from the brain, which is great news for those susceptible to
The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin help reduce
cholesterol levels and optimize insulin function, which both promote the
healthy functioning of brain cells.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!
Dr. Mao Shing Ni,
best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and
board certified anti-aging expert. He has recently appeared on “The Ricki Lake
Show,” “Dr. Oz,” and contributes to Yahoo Health and The Huffington Post. Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his
associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Pasadena.
Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded the Tao of Wellness more than
25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To
make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or
you can email Dr. Mao at email@example.com. To subscribe to his
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