The Farmacy

A collection of my favorite molecules

Everything you need for a healthy happy brain can be found on a farm. Plants and animals provide the vitamins, minerals, fats, and phytonutrients that are needed for optimal brain function.

I detailed the most important brain molecules below for you to learn more about their amazing functions and the top food sources. Click on one to explore more deeply.

ALA – Alpha-linolenic Acid

Higher intakes of ALA are linked to a lower risk of depression and may decrease anxiety and the effects of stress.
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Allicin

Allicin is a sulfur compound in garlic that possesses antioxidant, antibacterial, anticancer, and pro-circulatory effects.
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Anthocyanins

Anthocyanins cause levels of the brain protecting chemical BDNF to increase, improving learning and memory skills while helping warding off depression.
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Choline

Key to regulating anxiety, learning, and memory, choline is a brain-builder.
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Chromium

Chromium is a trace mineral that is vital for the proper processing of energy in the body. Studies have shown that chromium can be effective in treating some types of depression and ease carbohydrate craving.
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CLA — Conjugated linoleic acid

This fat can help prevent cancer, promote muscle growth, and prevent abdominal fat deposits.
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DHA — Docosahexaenoic acid

DHA creates hormones called neuroprotectins and resolvins that combat inflammation in the brain, and is linked to better memory as you age.
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EPA —Eicosapentaenoic acid

EPA is used by your body to make potent anti-inflammatory compounds, keep blood vessels relaxed, and prevent blood clots.
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Folates

Folates, also known as vitamin B9, are needed for a healthy brain and good moods as they keep brain cells healthy, ward off heart disease (drastic risk reductions), and even fight cancer.
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Iodine

Iodine is needed for your thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone, a key regulator of your body’s metabolism and needed for proper growth and brain development. Iodine deficiency is recognized as the most common cause of preventable brain damage in the world.
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Iron

Without this essential element, the brain doesn’t develop properly. It is also a crucial cofactor in the synthesis of mood-regulating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin.
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Lycopene

Lycopene defends the brain against the kind of damage that causes cognitive impairment, and it may even protect against memory decline.
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Magnesium

Magnesium is needed in more than 300 crucial chemical reactions required by brain and body. It helps protect your brain from the waste product ammonia, relaxes blood vessels (lowering blood pressure), and defends the body against heart disease and diabetes.
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Oleic Acid

Oleic acid is used by the body to create oleoylethanolamide, which enhances memory, induces fat burning, promotes weight loss, and reduces appetite.
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Quercetin

It is a powerful antioxidant and also possesses certain specific anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and antitoxic effects.
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Sulforaphane

Its antioxidant action helps fight high blood pressure, while its ability to stimulate natural detoxifying enzymes reduces brain inflammation as well as the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
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Vitamin A

A fat-soluble vitamin, it is key to the biochemistry of mood, memory, and learning.
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Vitamin B12

You need B12 to make neurotransmitters (hormones) that are key to mood and memory. It also is vital for proper cellular metabolism, DNA synthesis, and the regulation of fatty acids.
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Vitamin D

The brain is loaded with vitamin D receptors (VDRs) that regulate hundreds of genes, including those that promote the expression for enzymes and receptors key to the serotonin neurotransmitter system vital for mood, motivation, and memory.
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Vitamin E

The consumption of vitamin E is linked to the prevention of cancer and clinical depression, protection from heart disease, and decreased onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
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