Most of us workout on a near daily basis, we try to eat right and take care of our bodies in a multitude of different ways. However the average person does ZERO when it comes to brain health. Ask yourself when was the last time you thought about nourishing your most vital organ...your Brain?
With Alzheimer's disease on the rise with an estimated 5.4 Million Americans of all ages suffering with it in 2016 isn't it time to start focusing on the over-all health and wellness of your brain?
In light of this fact we have compiled a list of the 12 most prominent brain health nutrients so hopefully people start incorporating the right food, nutrients and supplementation into their daily diets to support proper brain functions well into their senior years!
1.) SerinAid® PhosphatidylSerine (PS)
SerinAid® PhosphatidylSerine (PS) is a naturally occurring phospholipid which assists proteins that manage membrane functions, assists the entry of nutrients into cells and the exit of harmful, stress-related waste products out of cells, and is involved in transmission of molecular messages from cell to cell. A multitude of scientific studies have shown that SerinAid® PS can significantly help maintain and improve mental performance, can help improve mood, and can make a valuable contribution to lowering both physical and psychological stress.
2.) AlphaSize® Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC)
AlphaSize® Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC) is recognized as the "premier" choline donor, especially compared to other forms of choline that offer reduced bio-availability. Therefore, AlphaSize® A-GPC is a very special nutrient that has been shown to significantly increase acetylcholine (AC) levels in the brain. In fact, AlphaSize® A-GPC is considered to be one of the most effective brain nutrients in the world, and is used widely in clinical settings around the world involving memory.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a natural amino found in the brain. As a supplement, DMAE works synergistically with other brain supplements such as ginkgo biloba, phosphatidylserine and L-tyrosine. Naturally occurring in fish, DMAE is generally thought of as a choline precursor, which in turn helps the brain to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in healthy brain function and nerve transmission.
L-theanine may help reduce stress without drowsiness.
L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that produces relaxing effects in the brain. L-theanine promotes mental and physical relaxation without inducing drowsiness. It can also support healthy blood pressure levels that are already within normal range.
5.) Folic Acid (Folate)
Folic acid promotes cardiovascular and red blood cell health.
Folic acid is a B vitamin needed for healthy red cell formation. Folic acid has been studied for its effectiveness of reducing the risk of certain birth defects. But scientific evidence also points to folic acid’s use in helping reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Deficiency in folic acid can result in a form of anemia that can respond quickly to supplementation. Folic acid is used for memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, age-related hearing loss, preventing the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reducing signs of aging, weak bones (osteoporosis), jumpy legs (restless leg syndrome), sleep problems, depression, nerve pain, muscle pain, AIDS, a skin disease called vitiligo, and an inherited disease called Fragile-X syndrome.
L-tyrosine is an amino acid precursor to epinephrine, a natural chemical in the body that allows fat to be mobilized and burned as energy. L-tyrosine is also a precursor to thyroid hormones, which maintain proper metabolic rate. L-tyrosine supports fat loss efforts, especially in combination with the effects on metabolism of citrus aurantium and caffeine. Mild stress and anxiety may be relieved by L-tyrosine, as well as fatigue. People take tyrosine for depression, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the inability to stay awake (narcolepsy), and improving alertness following sleep deprivation
7.) Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) provides antioxidant protection throughout the body because of its unique property of being both fat and water soluble. It also protects you by helping the body recycle other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10 and glutathione. Alpha lipoic acid helps support normal blood sugar levels already within the normal range. People use alpha-lipoic acid for memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), HIV/AIDS, cancer, liver disease, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (including a disorder called cardiac autonomic neuropathy) and Lyme disease.
Rhodiola has a reputation among herbalists for enhancing work performance, reducing fatigue and decreasing depression. Rhodiola is classified as an adaptogen, meaning it is known to help the body resist and counteract a variety of physical, biological and physical stressors.Rhodiola is used for increasing energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity; and as a so-called “adaptogen” to help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress. It is also used for improving athletic performance, shortening recovery time after long workouts, improving sexual function; for depression; and for heart disorders such as irregular heartbeat and high cholesterol.
9.) Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba improves mental sharpness.
Longevity is important to the ginkgo biloba tree, which can live as long as 1,000 years. From ginkgo’s uniquely shaped leaves come an extract shown to support circulation to the brain as well as the extremities. Ginkgo biloba also helps maintain healthy blood vessel tone and reduce blood viscosity.* Ginkgo biloba extract is the most frequently prescribed herbal extract by both doctors and pharmacists worldwide. Ginkgo leaf is often taken by mouth for memory disorders including Alzheimer's disease. It is also used for conditions that seem to be due to reduced blood flow in the brain, especially in older people. These conditions include memory loss, headache, ringing in the ears, vertigo, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and hearing disorders.
10.) Vitamin E
Provides antioxidant support and promotes heart health. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps quench free radicals. Some people use vitamin E for diseases of the brain and nervous system including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Parkinson's disease, night cramps, restless leg syndrome, and for epilepsy, along with other medications.
11.) Huperzine A
Huperzine A is used for Alzheimer's disease, memory and learning enhancement, and age-related memory impairment. It is also used for treating a muscle disease called myasthenia gravis, for increasing alertness and energy, and for protecting against agents that damage the nerves such as nerve gases. Huperzine A is thought to be beneficial for problems with memory, loss of mental abilities (dementia), and the muscular disorder myasthenia gravis because it causes an increase in the levels of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is one of the chemicals that our nerves use to communicate in the brain, muscles, and other areas.
12.) Choline Bitartrate
Choline is similar to the B vitamins. It can be made in the liver. It is also found in foods such as liver, muscle meats, fish, nuts, beans, peas, spinach, wheat germ, and eggs. Athletes use it for bodybuilding and delaying fatigue in endurance sports. Choline is used for liver disease, including chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis. It is also used for depression, memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Huntington's chorea, Tourette's disease, a brain disorder called cerebellar ataxia, certain types of seizures, and a mental condition called schizophrenia.
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