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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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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.

Omega-3 and Vitamin E VS. ADHD & Autism

September 2, 2009

In a recent article produced by NHI on Demand, they explain how Omega-3 and Vitamin E Combined can be beneficial for children with ADHD and Autism.

Omega-3, though not supported by science, has been used in treatment of such developmental differences or disorders as ADHD and Autism. Omega-3 contains essential fatty acids in it’s fish oils and proteins which the body needs to function properly. ADHD children and those effected by Autism cannot produce all the necessary proteins their bodies need to balance themselves and in turn result in abnormal behavior, hyperactivity, and aggression.

The fish oils in Omega-3 have been found to reduce hyperactivity and aggressive behavior. Fish oil has membrane-enhancing capabilities on brain cells, which can also help improve overall brain activity including cognitive function and memory. Omega-3 is also commonly known as an Immune System Booster, it can Improve Brain Health and help reduce Cardiac Risk significantly.

Vitamin E is a powerful natural antioxidant. One of the most beneficial properties of Vitamin E is that it is effective in preventing the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids. It can also assist in the prevention of oxidation in the lungs. Vitamin E protects white and red blood cells, which helps boost the body’s immune system.

Our body only recognizes the d form of Vitamin E. Although the l form has antioxidant activity, it may actually inhibit the d-form from entering cell membranes. Therefore, natural vitamin E (the d form) has greater benefit than the synthetic (dl). You should, therefore, take the natural (d-) form of vitamin E and avoid the synthetic version at all costs.

Deal of the Day: Benfotiamine

August 7, 2009

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Benfotiamine
150 mg 120 Caps
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Benfotiamine is a synthetic derivative of thiamine (vitamin B-1). It is a fat soluble substance of the allithiamine group of naturally occurring thiamine-derived compounds. It has showed promise in the fields of treating a number of neurological and vascular conditions.
Benfotiamine was developed in Japan in the late 1950’s to treat alcoholic neuropathy, sciatica and other painful nerve conditions. It was patented in the U.S. in 1962, and has been in widespread use in Japan since 1962 and in Europe since 1992 with encouraging results.

Diabetics form a large sub-group of those who could benefit from benfotiamine. Diabetes is an insidious malady. The adverse effects of high blood glucose must be addressed. The best course of action is proper diet, exercise and medication to control blood glucose levels. In addition, ensuring proper cellular nutrition with a safe dietary supplement to combat the metabolic effects of high blood glucose at the cellular level seems a prudent course of action, one of which Benfotiamine is an integral part.

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Deal of the Day: Mucuna Pruriens

August 5, 2009

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Mucuna Pruriens
625 mg 120 Caps
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NRx Mucuna Pruriens is the most powerful available today. Standardized to contain 250mg of L-Dopa in each capsule.After the discovery that Mucuna seeds contain L-dopa, an anti-parkinson’s disease drug, its demand in international market has increased many fold and demand has motivated Indian farmers to start commercial cultivation.

Mucuna Pruriens is commonly known as cowhage (Latin) and kiwanch (Sanskrit). Traditionally, Mucuna pruriens find use in number of diseases and is commonly used as carminative, hypotensive & hypoglycemic agent. From phytochemistry point of view, the drug contains L-dopa, tryptamine alkaloids, lecithin and tannins.

Traditionally Mucuna Pruriens has been used to increase sexual desire and ability, The seeds of the mucuna pruriens plant produce chemicals that support healthy levels of testosterone in both men and women. It also aids in the production of a hormone commonly associated with the “pleasure system” of the brain, providing feelings of enjoyment and motivation.

L-Dopa is an amino acid that converts into dopamine. Dopamine is an essential component of our body and it’s required for proper functioning of the brain. Research discovered the body converts the amino acid tyrosine into L-dopa; L-dopa is then converted into dopamine. Without the neurotransmitter dopamine to serve a damping effect on neural transmissions, muscles become tense and tremble.

L- Dopa contains natural secretagogues which may support the body’s ability to stimulate the natural release of growth hormone. The blood carries the dopamine into the brain, where it naturally increases HGH production from the pituitary gland. The increased dopamine levels also optimize the production of other hormones, including testosterone, leading to increased sex drive and improved sexual performance for both men and women, beneficial in stimulating muscle growth, as well as burning fat from fat cells.

DEAL OF THE WEEK: Mucuna Pruriens

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Deal of the Day: Idebenone

July 22, 2009

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100mg 60 caps
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Idebenone can quickly penetrate the brain and provides far more benefits to support Cognition.

DEAL OF THE DAY:
Idebenone

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New from Nutraceutics Rx: Picamilon

July 21, 2009

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NEW! Picamilon
From Nutraceutics Rx

Nutraceutics Rx has recently released it’s newest products:
Picamilon – 100mg 60 Caps
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Picamilon – 150mg 60 Caps
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Our Price: $22.95

If you’re looking for a supplement that can relax you without making you feel drugged while increasing mental focus, then Picamilon is what you’re looking for. Picamilon’s effects can be felt quickly and last for up to six hours. Consistent use can show a noticeable improvement in concentration and an increase in energy and endurance.

How does it work?
Picamilon is able to cross the blood-brain barrier where it splits into GABA and niacin. The GABA then stimulates GABA receptors producing a calming effect. GABA is the main inhibiting neurotransmitter that regulates neuronal excitability. The niacin causes vasodilation, or a widening of the blood vessels, which can lead to the relief of headaches and lower the blood pressure.

Unlike caffeine and other stimulants, which can help you focus but give you the jitters, Picamilon promotes relaxation.