Feed your brain with these 5 food groups
Honeybrains, a new restaurant in New York City, is giving a whole new meaning to brain food. The fast-casual eatery offers only nutrient-packed meals, specifically made to boost your brain health.
It’s co-owned by neurologist Dr. Alon Seifan, MS, MD, whose private practice in Hollywood, Florida, specializes in aging and dementia. There are three things that food does to improve our body and brain health, Seifan said.
“One, good food can improve metabolism, number two, good food can improve our circulation, and number three, good food can improve the balance of nutrients and inflammation in our body,” Dr. Alon Seifan, MS, MD told Fox News.
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Seifan, along with his siblings, and business partner Christophe Jadot, set out to open a health-conscious restaurant that took principles from eating methods found in the Blue Zones around the world, like the Mediterranean diet. People in Blue Zones tend to live longer and healthier lives than the average person. A recent study published in the journal Neurology found that older adults who closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to lose brain volume as they aged, compared with those who didn’t follow the diet.
“They all have the same thing in common. It’s five food groups —it’s the fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and healthy fats,” Seifan said. “So we have an entire menu based on those five food groups, any combination of those is both delicious and good for us.”
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Chef Kevin Chun, Honeybrains’ executive chef and chief culinary officer, created a menu that garnishes those five food groups with herbs, spices, fermented foods and natural sweeteners from nature.
“Our main spice blend incorporates a couple of different paprikas, garlic, cumin, coriander seeds, a lot of spices that you might find in Mediterranean flavors,” Chun told Fox News. You’ll also find dishes full of super foods like nuts, avocados, leafy greens. and of course honey, which is full of antioxidants. “Antioxidants improve our circulation, and they improve the stability of the cell membranes in our eyes and our brain,” Seifan said.
Move for Minds at Equinox Fitness at the Four Seasons Miami
Miami, FL – June 4, 2017 – Equinox Fitness became ground zero in eight different cities, including Miami, for a one-of-a-kind experience to support women’s brain research for Alzheimer’s.
Founder and award-winning journalist Maria Shriver, together with Equinox — the high-performance lifestyle leaders in health and fitness — launched the newly expanded MOVE FOR MINDS® experience by bringing together individuals across the country to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s as a women’s disease and raise necessary research funds to find a cure for it. City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine welcomed guests by presenting Alina Shriver, Maria’s sister-In-law, the proclamation declaring June 4th “Miami’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Move for Minds Day.”
The Move for Minds Miami event, which took place at Equinox Brickell, included a specially designed and fully integrated mind-body workout, created by Equinox top-tier coaches with deeply vetted expertise on how the brain learns and grows. Guests enjoyed an interactive Marketplace post-workout with brain healthy snacks and beverages as well as a bookstore of best-selling resources in all areas of brain health, lifestyle and caregiving.
Followed by a discussion, moderated by leading journalist Jackie Nespral, the panelists included Wellness Expert Flip Aguilera, Memory Expert Nelson Dellis, and Brain Health Experts Marie Pasiski, M.D., and Alon Seifan, MS, MD who spoke about their passions for keeping both the body and mind in the best shape possible.