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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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