Support Your Aging Brain?
As you age, you may have an underlying fear that you will become more forgetful or absentminded. Your fears are certainly natural, because as of today there are over half a million Canadians living with some form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is one such degenerative brain disorder, which develops slowly over several years and is commonly diagnosed in people over 65 years old.
Although there is still no true known cause, what is known is that healthy brains are able to break down and remove a type of protein called “beta-amyloid protein” before this protein is able to form plaques on the brain, whereas an unhealthy brain is not able to remove these plaques. These plaque deposits form between neurons causing the connection between the neurons to weaken. As the connection weakens, a number of chain reactions to neurons takes place. They become unable to transmit nutrients to the cells and without nutrients to the cells, they will eventually die off. Other factors that can lead to an unhealthy brain are high levels of inflammation in the body as well as low levels of Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in your brain responsible for processing, learning, and memory related functions. Your body makes this particular transmitter by consuming choline, which is then transformed into acetylcholine. Choline is found in meats, dairy, poultry, and fish, with the highest levels coming from liver. Chocolate, peanut butter, Brussels sprouts and broccoli also contain significant levels of choline. Wheat contains choline, but only in the germ portion, so try to choose whole-wheat products.
3 Brains® Supplements That Support A Healthy Brain
Supplements can play a key role in helping to keep your brain healthy. Turmeric (Curcumin) has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which can help decrease beta-amyloid plaques and delay the degradation of neurons. Huperzine A (HupA) is extracted from club moss and works by raising acetylcholine levels, reducing inflammation and reducing oxidative damage to the brain. Phosphatidylserine is naturally found in high concentrations of a healthy brain. It works by preventing beta-amyloid plaques from accumulating in the brain, which could help prevent or slow the
improve symptoms of ADHD, such as Omega 3. Omega 3 can reduce inflammation in the brain, protecting delicate neurons. It also may help to boost the body’s synthesis of dopamine, the primary neurotransmitter that seems to be lower in people with ADHD. There are many Omega 3 options for children and adults. SeaLicous has a line of liquids or Natural Factors RX Omega 3 capsules. L-Theanine is an amino acid that is found in the leaves of green tea. It promotes relaxation and calms an excited mind by contributing to several changes in the brain. L-Theanine boosts levels of brain calming GABA, serotonin and dopamine. The neurotransmitters help to regulate emotion, mood, concentration, alertness, sleep, energy and other cognitive skills. L-Theanine also helps to lower excited brain chemicals and brain chemicals that are linked to stress and anxiety. It can bring about a state of calmness, take the edge off and provide relaxation. L-Theanine has such a positive effect on calming the mind that it is now being used to help with addiction. Natural Factors has a product called Stress Relax Mental Calmness, a chewable L-Theanine and L-Theanine in capsule form. Note: If you are prone to low blood pressure, Theanine may lower blood pressure. It may also interact with high blood pressure medication. Children can take L-Theanine in smaller doses.
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