Do you feel like you’re beginning to lose your mind? Like you are starting to forget little things, feeling depressed, getting confused, or perhaps you feel you are dealing with attention deficit (ADD).
Many times, your traditional doctor will recommend taking powerful mind-altering drugs, which can have multiple negative side effects and are addictive. Before you do, please take some time to educate your self about what could be the root cause of the “why” behind your cognitive issues.
The root issue can be as simple as a nutritional deficiency!
Key nutrients like B12, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and important fats from Omega-3 Fatty Acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are essential for the development of the brain and the nervous system.
I have witnessed so many beautiful success stories from supplying key nutrients that the brain and nervous system need to be healthy and balanced.
You may have heard of the blood brain barrier (BBB). The blood-brain barrier serves a filter, controlling which molecules can pass from the blood into the brain. They keep out any harmful toxins or pathogens from reaching your brain. But certain key nutrients can pass through the blood barrier, which have been studied to be extremely beneficial.
For example, the active metabolites of Pycnogenol®, which is one the key ingredients in the Isotonix OPC-3, can build up inside the endothelial blood cells and have been proven to pass the blood-brain barrier. Pycnogenol® helps endothelial cells produce more nitric oxide (NO) which has multiple effects on brain function. Learn More
Nitric oxide increases blood flow, which improves oxygenation and the transport of nutrients to brain cells. In turn, this helps modulate key neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
You may already be familiar with such fatty acids as omega-3 and omega-6. Deficiencies in fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid may be related to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a December 2013 article in “Science Daily.”
A study reported in the January 2014 “Journal of Internal Medicine” found that when people with Alzheimer’s disease received supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, which cross the BBB, the level of fatty acids in their brains increased.
Numerous studies show Vitamin D deficiency can cause serious potential risk for Dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's disease, and even Schizophrenia.
I hope you take the time to watch the Mental Health Video and look at the key formulas below that are in my cabinet when it comes to supporting the health of your brain!
nutraMetrix Heart Health Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E contains levels of EPA and DHA that studies reveal is the most effective at promoting the health benefits listed here. nutraMetrix only uses fish oil that meets or exceeds standards set by Canada (CFIA), the European Union (EU) and the United States (CRN).
DHA maintains and improves human memory and learning behavior and is important for normal brain function. It is studied to reduce depression symptom since it is a mood enhancer. DHA is used for the development of the infant brain.
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) helps maintain normal triglyceride, cholesterol and blood pressure level as well as blood flow. It also helps maintain healthy levels of C-reactive protein. EPA can also provide relief from temporary inflammation associated with the normal aging process and daily activity. It promotes healthy lubrication, tear production, and blood flow to the eye.
nutraMetrix Isotonix Activated B-Complex delivers metabolically active forms of several vitamins and minerals in isotonic form, ensuring that your body receives and uses vital nutrients quickly and efficiently. B vitamins can provide you with a number of health benefits, however, some B vitamins, such as B6, B12 and folic acid, must undergo chemical changes before they can be utilized by the body.
Furthermore, different factors, such as age and physical condition, may affect the body’s ability to activate vitamins on its own. If the non-active forms are used, the body is forced to work harder to gain the full benefit of the vitamin. These steps are eliminated when the forms used are already in their active states. By utilizing both the activated form of these vitamins, as well as the superior Isotonix delivery system, nutraMetrix Isotonix Activated B-Complex supports your body’s absorption and immediate use of beneficial ingredients.
OPC-3 is the only product that contains Pycnogenol® in the Isotonic delivery system, which studies show improves both numerical and spatial working memory using a computerized testing system. It was found to improve memory and test scores in college students. In addition, several recent research studies on Pycnogenol® studied the extract’s effects on Attention Deficit Disorders including ADHD, and shown to reduce symptoms in children.
The active metabolites of Pycnogenol® build up inside the endothelial blood cells and have been proven to pass the blood-brain barrier. It helps endothelial cells produce more nitric oxide (NO) which has multiple effects on brain function. Nitric Oxide regulates neuronal functions and thus contributes to processing signals inside the brain. It helps modulate key neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.
A clinical trial showed Curcumin suppressed oxidative damage, inflammation, cognitive deficits, and amyloid accumulation. Curcumin inhibits the formation of amyloid beta oligomers and fibrils, binds plaques, and reduces amyloid in vivo.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and supports more than 300 enzyme systems. It is required for energy, regulation of the body temperature, nerve function, adaptation to stress, metabolism and much more. One of the main mechanisms of magnesium in the body is its support of normal protein synthesis. Normal protein synthesis relies on optimal magnesium concentrations, as magnesium supports the normal delivery to the building blocks of life – our DNA – of signals that trigger the expression of amino acids. In other words, this process supports the body’s normal ability to “make” proteins. The recommended daily value for adults is 400 mg of magnesium. However, average daily intakes are much less.
According to a review study published in Phytotherapy Research (2016), thymoquinone could be a potential neuro-protective and therapeutic agent for Parkinson’s disease. It has multiple pharmacological properties that can benefit brain health such as anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anxiolytic, and anti-psychotic.
ThymoQuin™, a clinically studied ingredient standardized to 3% thymoquinone content from black cumin seed, provides unique antioxidant activity. Specifically, ThymoQuin™ limits fat peroxidation—the degradation of lipids where free radicals “steal” electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, —with healthy cellular aging properties. Thymenol™ is highly beneficial for the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system as well as it promotes healthy immune cell activity. ThymoQuin™ has shown to be protective of liver cells from internal free radical impact, demonstrating a healthy inflammatory response.
Pycnogenol® is a plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree, which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne. Pycnogenol®, a powerful antioxidant, selectively binds to collagen and elastin and promotes the normal production of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes the normal dilation of blood vessels and blood flow to the brain as well as other vital tissues. Pycnogenol® is one of the most clinically researched ingredients in the natural health space.
Dr. Sheryl Duchess , N.D., M.H., Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Master Herbalist, Public Speaker, Educator
Dr.Sheryl is certified naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to educating and helping people find a more natural approach to wellness. She explains the root cause of disease and shares the secrets of a naturopath through her wellness course, videos, and mentoring opportunities.
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