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Brain Health

A number of vitamins and minerals have been shown to promote brain health. Some ingredients help maintain brain activities when young, while others help repair damage associated with aging. Our proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals support brain health, memory, cognition, focus, performance, sharpness and concentration.

What do these targeted nutrients do?

Prevent Brain atrophy: B vitamins (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 12); vitamins E and C; omega-3; and all the essential amino acids
Brain atrophy is defined as shrinking of the brain. People with a condition called mild cognitive impairment, and those further along with Alzheimer’s disease, have evidence of brain atrophy. Brain shrinkage is attributable to a nutrient-poor diet. The B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid [B5], B12, B6 and folate), as well as vitamins E and C and omega-3 fats can slow brain atrophy and prevent further decline in mental cognition. In order to make new brain tissue, the brain requires all the essential amino acids (L-leucine, L-lysine, L-tyrosine, L-tryptophan, L-phenylalanine, L-isoleucine, L-valine, L-arginine, L-methionine, L-cysteine, L-threonine, L-histidine). Getting adequate intake of all of these nutrients each day may reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease later in life. The Brain Shake contains all the vitamins, omega-3s, and essential amino acids that have been shown to be effective in maintaining normal brain size.
Prevent oxidative stress and brain damage — essential nutrients: vitamins A, B, C E, zinc and selenium
Currently, one of the most plausible and acceptable explanations for the mechanistic basis of aging is the "free radical theory of aging." This theory postulates that aging, and its related diseases, are the consequence of free radical-induced damage to cellular macromolecules and the inability to counterbalance these changes by endogenous anti-oxidant defenses. In layman's terms, this is commonly referred to as oxidative stress of the entire body, but the brain suffers the most. Because it's so active, the brain makes a lot of oxygen-toxic particles in a very small place, so oxygen builds up quickly. When oxygen particles hit the brain and nerve cells, they become damaged and cannot regenerate or produce energy, leading to impaired cognitive function. Eating a healthy diet allows you to keep an active brain and detoxify the oxidative particles. But people who consume a poor diet, particularly one lacking in essential nutrients, are unable to negate the toxic effects of the oxygen particles. Antioxidant damage is seen in patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, confirming a relationship between a poor diet and impaired cognition. Moreover, people with higher blood levels of essential nutrients have lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease as they age.
Protect mitochondria to prevent cognitive impairment: acetyl-l-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetylcysteine, coenzyme Q10

Consuming a nutrient-poor diet for extended periods of time leads to oxygen-related damage to the structure of brain cells. In addition, the inside of the brain cell, the mitochondria, becomes damaged, and the cell can no longer produce energy for itself or support normal memory and problem solving. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have damage to the structure of brain cells and lower energy production.

Humans need protection against oxidation during aging to avoid cognitive impairment. Even with adequate essential nutrients, the human brain is poorly equipped to handle all of the oxygen particles. Safe, bioactive compounds such as coenzyme Q10, alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine, and N-acetyl cysteine protect the mitochondria from oxygen particle damage and preserve healthy brain function with aging.

Support neurotransmitter production — choline, vitamin B6, B12, riboflavin, vitamin C and certain amino acids (tyrosine and tryptophan)

Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that communicate information throughout the brain and body. They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.” The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell the heart to beat, the lungs to breathe, and the intestines to digest. They also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and they can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance. Neurotransmitters tell your body that you should take your hand off a hot stove. The inability to make enough neurotransmitters leads to poor decision making and an inability to think properly or clearly. It would be impossible to drive a car; you’d lose the ability to make your reflexes respond in time to dangerous situations.

As we age, the amount of neurotransmitters we make decreases, further impairing cognitive function. Starting with early adulthood, neurotransmitter production declines 10% per year. The decrease could be more for people who consume diets lacking enough essential nutrients.

The essential nutrients that make neurotransmitters include: amino acids such as tyrosine and tryptophan, as well as choline, vitamins B6, B12, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamin C.

Prevent loss of memory and boost focus, and concentration — vitamins C, E, B12, B6, E, C, D and omega 3

Some degree of memory problems, as well as a modest decline in other thinking skills, is a fairly common part of aging. These annoying senior moments are the result of a decline in brain activity that shows up in the 50s and affects most people older than age 65.

Selected essential nutrients are critical for normal brain function, including: chromium, selenium, zinc, folic acid, vitamins C, E, B12, and B6, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Other nutrients help slow brain aging and reduce the risk of impaired cognition. These are omega-3s, the B vitamins, and vitamins E, C and D. Consuming The Brain Shake daily assures that you get all of these essential nutrients.

Keep neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay — phosphatidylserine (PS)

Phosphatidylserine is a major component of brain cell membranes and is involved with brain cell growth and communication. It is so well absorbed and used by our bodies that it can slow, halt, or even reverse structural damage in the brain. Phosphatidylserine has been studied extensively, and it has been shown to improve many aspects of memory and is found to make it less likely that we will develop dementia.

The benefits of PS are scientifically sound enough that the FDA granted it a Qualified Health Claim, which means that products containing PS may include a claim of benefit for treating dementia. Usually, only drugs can make disease treatment claims. The approved PS label claim is: "Contains phosphatidylserine. Consumption of phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. Very limited and preliminary scientific research suggests that phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly. The FDA concludes that there is little scientific evidence supporting this claim."

Slow memory decline and plaque buildup — quercetin

Epidemiological studies indicate that moderate consumption of red wine may lower the risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Moderate wine consumption may be an effective way to preserve nerve function and prevent memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Most of the focus in red wine is on a natural compound called quercetin. Since quercetin can cross into the brain cells, it may also interfere with the formation of a build up of plaque seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The Brain Shake contains quercetin.

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