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December 22, 2010

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The Best Supplements for Mental Agility, Concentration, Stamina & Focus

June 15, 2010

What are the best foods and supplements for optimal brain health? Based on research and the discussions with doctors, nutritionists and neurologists, these are the best vitamins and brain supplements.

1. Water. Dehydration raises stress hormone levels, causing serious brain damage. Drink at least ten glasses of water a day.

2. Fish. DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, is the main component of brain synapses. A lack of omega-3 has been shown to diminish intellectual performance and is linked with dementia. If you don’t eat fish, omega-3 is also found in walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds. In addition, you can take DHA as a supplement; 1000 mg a day is recommend.

3. Antioxidant-Rich Fruits and Vegetables. The best of these, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, brussel sprouts, plums, broccoli, beets, avocados, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, and kiwis. Five servings a day of fruits and vegetables is recommended. You can also supplement green foods if you are not getting enough through diet alone.

4. Complex Carbohydrates. For energy, your brain needs fuel, and the best choice is glucose. Complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, starchy vegetables and fruits digest slowly, providing a steady supply.

  • Bran
  • Wheatgerm
  • Maize
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Cornmeal
  • Oatmeal

5. Green Tea. Ingredients in green tea (and to a lesser extent, black tea) slows the build-up of plaque in brains from amyloid deposits. Drinking tea is associated with mental alertness.

6. Eggs. Eggs are rich in choline, a fat-like B vitamin, which has been shown to enhance memory and minimize fatigue.

7. Alpha Lipoic acid (aLa). This powerful supplement is both water and fat soluble, meaning it enters all parts of cells to neutralize free radicals. It is the only antioxidant supplement that can easily get into the brain. There is some evidence it is useful in the prevention of strokes.

8. Acetyl-L-Carnitine. This is an essential contributor to the production of the neurotransmitter “acetylcholine,” which is required for mental function. Double-blind clinical trials suggest acteyl-L-carnitine delays the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and enhances the overall performance of people with the disease.

9. Phosphatidyl Serine (PS). Stimulates cells in your brain to make new dendrites and axons. People who take PS remember more names, faces, phone numbers, and written information.

10. Nattokinase. Derived from fermented soybeans, Nattokinase facilitates better blood flow throughout the body and brain.

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Natural Remedies for ADHD are Safer than Ritalin

April 9, 2010

A new study reveals that healthy kids who take Ritalin have a whopping 500 percent greater risk of sudden death. These aren’t kids with pre-existing heart conditions. The results would have been worse if they were included.

Ritalin is not a safe treatment for kids with ADHD. It is a stimulant, it causes the heart to beat faster, and that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Ritalin acts exactly like amphetamines such as crystal meth and cocaine.

In spite of evidence that it could stunt their growth, and cause irreversible brain damage and that it is linked to serious cardiovascular events, the FDA remains silent.

Still, the FDA refuses to take action. No new warnings are planned and prescriptions for Ritalin continue to spiral upward.

Objections to the FDA’s sluggishness are even starting to appear in conservative medical journals like JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a recent editorial, they criticized the FDA by saying the FDA is “interpreting the results cautiously.”

Plus, JAMA notes that the FDA funded and approved the design of the study. Only when the results came out did they have a problem with the design of the study.

This is the big point for all of us: Doctors hand out Ritalin prescriptions every day but too often parents aren’t warned of the dangerous side effects.

ADHD is still the most commonly diagnosed disorder in children.

What’s more, studies show that the drugs don’t work. The same study that found Ritalin stunts kids’ growth also found that it has no beneficial effect on behavior over a three-year period.

So what do you do for children who have trouble concentrating, focusing, or calming down? Here are a few easy, safe, and natural ways to bring kids “to attention” without endangering their mental and physical health.

Ramp up the amount of omega-3 in their diet. Studies show that many children with ADHD don’t get enough omega-3. Cod liver oil and fish-oil capsules deliver the two kinds of omega-3’s the body needs.

You can also get them to eat more lean meats, eggs, and nuts, preferably free-range, grass-fed and organic. These are all great sources of omega-3.  1,000 mg of omega-3’s daily is recommended for children with ADHD.

Pine bark extract is another natural supplement that works. One European study using pycnogenol, an organic compound found in the bark of the French maritime pine tree, showed that after only one month, children’s behavior improved significantly on as little as 1 mg per day.

Finally, certain naturally occurring amino acids can treat ADHD.

One of them is 5-HTP. It’s a precursor to serotonin, one of the chemicals in the brain that relieves anxiety and depression (popular antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro all boost serotonin levels). 50 to 100 mg three times per day with meals is recommended.

Another is Tyrosine. It works like 5-HTP, increasing levels of various chemicals in the brain connected to mood and the ability to concentrate. The optimal dose is 5,000 mg per day for children and up to 10,000 mg per day for adults.

These are natural and safe alternatives, they aren’t harmful or addictive, and unlike all those ADHD drugs, they actually work. They are also easy to find and available at local & online health food stores.

Piracetam & it’s Effects on the Brain

January 18, 2010

Piracetam (2-oxo-1-pyrrolidineacetamide) is a derivative of the neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid). Interestingly it is chemically related to the amino acid Pyroglutamic Acid (Pyrrolidine Carboxylic acid), which occurs in cerebrospinal fluid and plays an important role in cognitive functioning.

Piracetam positively supports healthy cognitive & cardiovascular functioning by a multifaceted means of action.

Supports Overall Brain Health
Increases Blood Flow to the Brain
Boosts Memory & Concentration
Reduces Hyperactive Behavior

Piracetams’ effects on the brain:

  • Piracetam increases Glucose Utilization, Blood & Oxygen Flow to the brain.  This helps boost mental energy & cerebral circulation and enhances brain metabolism.

  • Piracetam increases Cerebral Phospholipids & Cellular Membrane Fluidity by interacting with the polar head moieties of the phospholipid bilayer. This helps support healthy neuron communication & structure.

  • Piracetam supports the health of Cognitive Receptors in the brain. By amplifys the density of the Muscarinic Cholinergic (Frontal Cortex, Striatum, & Hippocampus), NMDA (NMethylDAspartate) [Hippocampus], & AMPA (Alphaamino3hydroxy5Methyl4isoxazolePropionic Acid) 

  • Piracetam supports healthy Cerebral Cortex Receptors and strengthens neurotransmitter receptors involved in memory and neuroprotection. 

  • Piracetam stimulates the Corpus Callosum, an area of the brain that controls communication between the left and right hemispheres (Increases communication between both hemispheres) Thease are Involved in speech and the creative thinking process.

  • Piracetam stimulates the Locus Coeruleus, (specialized neurons) Involved in information processing, attention, cortical/behavioral arousal, learning and memory.

  • Piracetam also, Inhibits Platelet Aggregation (By increasing RedWhite blood cells & Platelet deformability, inhibiting thromboxane A2 synthetase or antagonism of thromboxane A2, reducing von Willebrand’s factor & fibrinogen levels) which supports Healthy Blood Flow to the Brain.

  • Piracetam secreases EEG complexity (Increases cooperatively of brain functional processing) which positively effects NeuroElectrical Functioning.

  • Piracetam has a significant antioxidant effect on the brain and memory.

Piracetam has been approved & used since 1970’s worldwide (Europe, Asia, and South American) for various health conditions. It is recommended by many healthcare professionals and health organizations as a Nootropic.

Herbs for Alzheimer’s & Dementia

December 14, 2009

Alzheimer’s patients experience inflammation of the brain, deposits of beta amyloid, traces of heavy metals and signs of oxidative stress.

Brahmi, a semi-aquatic plant, acts on all of these, says Con Stough, director of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) involved in trials underway at Swinburne University of Technology Brain Sciences Institute (BSI).

“It has an anti-inflammatory effect, is an antioxidant and collates and removes heavy metals and beta amyloid,” he said.

Two trials with a brahmi extract conducted over 90 days, have shown improvements in working memory, particularly spatial memory accuracy.

Pine bark, lemon balm, American ginseng, rosemary and brahmi, are some of the herbs showing promise in fending off Alzheimer’s dementia, causing memory loss, depression and anxiety.

A 50-day trial of a particular pine bark extract supplement for men aged 50 to 65 years has also shown improved speed in spatial working memory and immediate recognition tasks, along with lowering blood pressure.

Another trial is investigating the short-term calmative effects of a special lemon balm product, because anxiety and agitation are major symptoms that Alzheimer sufferers experience.

Andrew Scholey, who heads BSI’s Herbal and Nutritional Medicine Research Unit, said that historically the field of alternative medicine has struggled to gain scientific credibility.

“However, Swinburne’s trials are performed to standards that provide acceptance within the mainstream scientific community,” added Scholey.

Consumer research indicates that more and more people are using some form of alternative health products as part of a proactive, preventative health strategy.

Supplements for Seniors

December 8, 2009

Anti-aging and alternative health products are extremely popular among senior citizens. One in ten seniors uses a dietary supplement on a daily basis. Seniors can improve their health and benefit from natural medicine including vitamins; minerals; herbs, botanicals, other plant-derived substances; amino acids and metabolites.

American Nutrition® has several supplements made specifically for seniors. These natural formulas can help improve the senior mind and body while promoting daily wellness.

These are some of the most common supplements for seniors on the market today:

Ginkgo Biloba ~ Ginkgo Biloba helps to reduce the tendency for dangerous clots or thromboses to form in the veins and arteries, aiding in recovery from heart attacks. It is also a valuable brain enhancing herb as it increases blood flow to the brain and aids in the recovery and prevention of strokes.

St. John’s wort ~ St. John’s Wort is widely known as a herbal treatment for depression.

Glucosamine ~ Glucosamine also called Chitosamine, is a natural substance found in the covering of shellfish. It is used to help relieve pain of osteoarthritis and improve joint mobility. Combined with Chondroitin, it can also improve flexability of joints and cartilage function.

Chondroitin ~ Chondroitin strengthens cartilage and improves flexability of joints.

Melatonin ~ Melatonin is produced naturally in our bodies, and is considered nature’s miracle sleep aid. Melatonin provides wonderful sleep without harmful side effects or addiction from synthetic drugs.  As we age, the ability to synthesize melatonin decreases, allowing sleep patterns to change. Melatonin also relieves anxiety, improves mood, and increases daytime energy.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) ~ DHEA also called the Mother Hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands in the adrenal cortex, testes and ovaries. It is the most abundant steroid in the bloodstream and is present at even higher levels in brain tissue. DHEA is a metabolic intermediate in the pathway for the synthesis of testosterone and estrogen. Kidney functions may be favorably influenced by daily intake of DHEA. DHEA Supplementation may help to prevent a negative nitrogen balance and the loss of lean body mass frequently associated with the aging process.

Recommended Daily Value of Dietary Intakes for Adults 50+

 Vitamin A – 900 units (men)
                    700 units (women)

Vitamin B1 – 1.2 mg per day (men)
                      1.1 mg per day (women)

Vitamin B2 – 1.3 mg per day (men)
                      1.1 mg per day (women)

Vitamin B6 – 1.7 mg per day (men)
                      1.5 mg/d (women)

Vitamin B12 – 2.4 units (men and women)

Vitamin C – 90 mg per day (men)
                     75 mg per day (women)

Vitamin D – 10-15 units (men and women)

Vitamin E – 15 mg per day (men and women)

Vitamin K – 120 units per day (men)
                      90 units per day (women)

DEAL OF THE WEEK: NRx Aniracetam – 750mg 60caps

October 26, 2009
  • Enhances Cognitive Functions & perception
  • Reduces Memory Loss
  • Improves Mental focus & Concentration

Aniracetam is a nootropic drug of the racetam family. It is lipid soluble and has possible cognition enhancing effects. Aniracetam is an analogue of piracetam, it can improve memory recall, reaction and detail. One of the primary differences between nootropics and other ‘memory enhancers’ is that nootropics improve communication across the brain’s Corpus Callosum, the area of the brain that joins the left and right hemispheres. This cross-brain communication links the logical side of the brain with the creative side of the brain, allowing the user to draw on a greater potential of their mental ability. Aniracetam also modulates Serotonin 5-HT2A and dopamine D2 receptors in the brain. This helps to reduce anxiety and feelings of panic. In Europe Aniracetam is used as a prescription for Alzheimer’s disease.

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