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6 Supplements For Brain Health

6 Supplements For Brain Health

When awake, the human brain produces enough energy to supply a light bulb…now that’s pretty impressive! Dubbed is the powerhouse of our body, it controls many functions including our thoughts, emotions, movement and even breathing. This multi functional organ continues developing up until we’re 40 years old.

It’s safe to say the brain has a lot on its mind…so how can we ensure can keep it healthy? Apart from physical and mental exercise, proper nutrition and the intake of certain vitamins and minerals can help to keep your brain in tip top condition, so try adding these vitamins to your diet…it’s a no brainer!

Vitamin B complex

Vitamin B complex plays a crucial role in energy production and brain metabolism. The discovery of these beneficial effects was recognised in the 1930s, when Honekamp, a German physician, successfully treated schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy with yeast and other Vitamin B rich nutrients.

Vitamin B complex consists of 8 vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. From these, the most important brain boosting vitamins are:

  • B1 (Thiamine):

     Irreplaceable for the nervous and muscular system, thiamine plays a crucial role in nerve impulses. A deficiency in this particular nutrient can cause Korsakoff’s syndrome; a chronic memory loss condition often seen in alcoholics.

  • B3 (Niacin):

    Niacin has been found to improve HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels, helping to prevent the risk of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in arteries) consequently, preventing the risk of stroke. Niacin also maintains healthy cerebral blood-flow, improving focus and concentration levels. B3 has also been found to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease prevention.

  • B9 (Folic Acid):

    Folic acid is a nutrient essential for amino acid metabolism, it helps to lower levels of homocysteine; the amino acid associated with brain cell damage. Half of the body’s store of folic acid is in the liver meaning that those suffering from liver damage are highly susceptible to a Folic Acid deficiency. Consuming adequate levels of Vitamin B9 has found to have beneficial effects on cognitive function such as improved memory, focus and alertness.

  • B12 (Cobalamin):

    Cobalamin is essential for the development and function of brain and nerve cells. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the maintenance of myelin sheaths; the substance that covers nerves in the central and peripheral nervous system protecting nerve-impulse transmission.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that helps to remove free radicals that build up in the brain which are thought to be linked to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Vitamin C is essential for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin; the “happy chemical” involved in controlling mood. Vitamin C, therefore is used to treat depression and other mood related diseases.

Vitamin D

While it is well recognised that vitamin D is essential for bone and teeth health, recent studies have found an association of vitamin D with a reduction in the risk of certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Schizophrenia. Surprising findings from the Journal of Neurology found that low vitamin D levels linked with an increased risk of Dementia, to a far greater degree than predicted. Recent research has also shown vitamin D to be effective at treating depression, the mechanism behind this is still unknown but it is thought to be due to vitamin D receptors in the brain.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a vitamin that is often overlooked in nutrition, however, this nutrient has been found to reduce the risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s and improve memory and focus. The mechanism behind these beneficial effects are down to the relationship of vitamin E with the fatty acid DHA. DHA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is crucial for brain health. Vitamin E promotes DHA activity by increasing the number of lysoPLs molecules that allow the fatty acid to reach the brain.

Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in many biochemical processes within the body such as energy metabolism and muscle and nerve impulses. It protects the nerve cells from neurotoxins and the nervous system from depression, anxiety, apathy and headaches, often referred to as ‘the original chill pill’.  Magnesium is also important for the conversion of many B vitamins into their active form and has been proven to improve long term memory.

 

Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus contains the complete package when it comes to brain health. We have combined B vitamins, Magnesium and Vitamin D3 with cocoa extract, black pepper extract and the super trendy grapeseed extract to produce this potent formula. This unique combination of products helps to maintain normal energy production and psychological function, reducing the effects of tiredness and fatigue, leaving your brain with complete mental focus.

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http://www.drperlmutter.com/study/vitamin-d-risk-dementia-alzheimer-disease/

https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/depression/#

http://www.neurobiologyofaging.org/article/S0197-4580(11)00498-2/abstract



Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

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