Do you see yourself as more logical or creative? Whether you tend to use the left or right side of the brain, both parts need nourishment! There is a lot of focus on one’s physical appearance but less focus on one of the most important parts of our body–THE BRAIN! Millions of people are adhering to low-fat, low-cholesterol diets in an effort to reduce the impact of disease-promoting calories. What they don’t realize is they are also starving their brains of specific nutrients needed for memory and healthy cognitive function. Luckily, there are several natural nutrients you can take to boost your brain’s activity and health.
Organic Bacopa Monnieri Pennell
Organic Bacopa Monnieri Pennell is an herb whose compounds boost cognitive function in the short-term while also supporting long-term brain health. Bacopa Monnieri has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. However, people in the West have been slow to latch on to its merits. Not only may such compounds help us at work, but they also have downstream effects on health by helping us make better decisions.
To get a sense of what most people can expect when they take this herb, scientists collected the results of studies in which adults took Bacopa Monnieri or placebo for at least 12 weeks. Nine studies were included, and Bacopa Monnieri consistently reduced reaction time and the speed at which people connect items in a trail (they were asked to complete the task as quickly as possible). Bacopa Monnieri appeared to most positively affect performance in delayed word recall tests, which measure a specific type of verbal memory.
Choline (as alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine or GPC)
“Heart-healthy” diets that restrict sources of cholesterol and saturated fats may not be so healthy for the brain. Choline is found in foods such as beef and chicken liver, egg yolk, soybeans, beef, milk, and peanuts. Those with allergies, strict vegetarians, endurance athletes, people who drink a lot of alcohol, and those who follow low-fat/low-cholesterol diets may be at risk of choline deficiency. Choline is required by the brain to manufacture memory-related neurotransmitters and functional membrane lipids.
In Europe, GPC is regulated as a prescription drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, where it is known under the generic name, choline alphoscerate. In the United States, GPC is available as a dietary supplement. GPC is believed to prevent and improve dementia as well as memory and learning loss because it increases plasma levels of choline and therefore increases production of acetylcholine and phosphatidylcholine.
The brain’s demand for choline and serine becomes even more critical with aging.
Acetyl-L-carnitine has two main benefits one being the ability to boost brain power. ALCAR is an anti-aging nootropic, or smart drug, meaning, it helps your brain perform better. The acetyl group lets it pass your blood-brain barrier and reach your brain and nerves, where it can improve your mood, learning, and memory. Older men and women who took ALCAR daily saw a significant boost to their physical and mental energy levels, in addition to better overall cognitive ability. People with low carnitine levels see a major decrease in brain function. whereas taking ALCAR improves that brain function. A lot. In a recent study, 8 out of 14 participants reversed a diagnosis of dementia and returned to their full cognitive abilities after taking ALCAR daily.
CogMed™ is a proprietary blend of herbs and nutrients that may help improve concentration and focus. Some familiar ingredients include organic bacopa monnieri pennell, alpha-glyceryl phosphoryl choline, and N-acetyl L-carnitine hydrochloride. As well as pterostilbene, vinpocetine, and hupezine which can enhance brain health and function.
CogMed™ may be useful for those with declining mental function, memory, concentration and attention deficient problems or those who want to improve their focus at work and school without caffeine.
Our blend is designed to support brain function specifically memory, focus and attention by supporting healthy levels of choline, a precursor for acetylcholine. A choline deficiency can greatly impair memory, reasoning functions, focus and mood. CogMed™ Rx may support healthy brain function in both mature and young adults*.