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
progression of the disease. Alpha-GPC is the only form of a choline supplement that can effectively enter the brain where it is needed to protect and stimulate the growth of new brain cells (neurons). Omega 3 fish oils, specifically DHA, is a building block of the cerebral cortex where higher level functioning occurs. It also plays a role in brain cell communication and the reduction of inflammation. Vinpocetine is a relatively new brain booster found in periwinkle. Vinpocetine helps improve memory, overcome brain fog, increase mental clarity, and protect the brain against aging. Taking all of these supplements as stand-alone supplements can be confusing, costly and too cumbersome to stick with the program, so we often suggest the 3 Brains products. It offers 3 Brains Memory Boost and 3 Brains Brilliant Mind, which work well together as a complete healthy brain formula. Check with your health care physician as herbal supplements may present side affects in individuals with specific health concerns.
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