Butter = FOOD for THOUGHT

As we welcome in the ‘back to school’ fall season there is something that I’ve been mulling over, pondering and mentally digesting … the effects of butter on the brain.

This warrants serious consideration!

In past emails and/or at the farmers markets you may have heard that a daily dose of butter can have a positive effect on cognitive function. Now is an appropriate time to centerpiece WHY and place organic, grass-fed, yellow nutrient dense butter (like Spring Hill) back at the center of your table.

WHY BUTTER is a BRAIN HEALTH FOOD

Over 65% of the brain is comprised of saturated fat. Fat is the most efficient fuel and energy source. Fat is the foundation in which we rebuild, restore and protect.

HDL (high density lipoproteins) the “good’ cholesterol (found in butter) is essential not only for the brain and nervous system development but maintains, protects and may even improve connections between nerves and brain as we age.

A perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in grass-fed butter is critical for brain health. Omega 3 will curb inflammation unlike other body parts there are no pain sensors in the brain meaning… there is nothing to indicate chronic inflammation… when the brain is inflamed it actually shrinks which can cause neurological problems, like memory lose and movement disorders. Omega 6 contains Arachidonic Acid (AA), an abundant fatty acid in the brain and plays important role in cell membrane fluidity as well as protects from oxidative stress … keeping the brain firing and functioning with ease.

Powerhouse antioxidants like selenium and glutathione are found in butter (& they work together) to reduce damage caused by free radicals.

GABA – Gamma Amino Butyric Acid is one of the brain’s most important amino acids which acts like a neurotransmitter thus normalized brain waves and brings the nervous system back to a state of well-being. NOTE: Remember the email on Butyrate (butyric acid)..how butter got it’s name.

Healthy saturated fats like butter evoke ATP production and an increase formation of mitochondria = improved cellular respiration.

The protective coat of neurons (called myelin) are high in fat too! 70% in fact. Oleic acid is a common fatty acid that makes up myelin. Butter is high in oleic acid. Let’s add to the defensive mechanisms that keep us present, calm, thoughtful and bright!!

So after much consideration… butter truly is a REAL food for thought!

See you at the markets where you can pick up a healthy dose of brain food (especially for all those back to school).

In harmony,
Rachel & the cheese team