8 Ways to Feed Your Brain Print

Did you feed your brain today? Studies clearly illustrate how lifestyle choices can directly impact on the brain?s wellbeing. mental simulation, loving companionship, social interaction regular exercise and a healthy diet undoubtedly benefit the brain and yourself as well. Research suggests that the following 8 natural substances may help the brain during aging, along with the possibility of enhancing its function.

1.     Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Used to manufacture and maintain cell membranes and act as anti-inflammatories and mildly thin the blood. They may augment brain function by fortifying the myelin sheath, a fatty membrane that covers and insulates each nerve cell.     

2.    Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Activates specific enzymes in the powerhouse of cells, the mitochondria, to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the cell?s primary energy source. Then, in its role as an antioxidant, it helps neutralise the free radicals created during ATP production.

3.    Acetyl-l-carnitine (alc)
Several studies have indicated that ALC supplements delay the progression of Alzheimer?s Disease and improve energy creation in the brain. Dosage: 500 mg- 2g pd.

4.    alpha-lipoic acid (ala)
ALA is involved in ATP production and works as  first rate antioxidant, counteracting free radicals both inside and outside cells. Dosage: 30-200 mg pd.

5.    Vitamins B12, D & E
Vitamin B12 plays a critical role in red blood cell production. deficiencies affect the nervous system. Dosage 5-200 micrograms pd. Vitamin D maximises the nutrient-carrying capacity of red blood cells. Dosage: 200-400 micrograms pd. Sufficient sunlight also helps. Vitamin E significantly lowers the progression of Alzheimers Disease and stroke related dementia. However, too much is harmful. Dosage: 30-400 mg pd.

6.    N-Acetyl-L-Cysyeine (NAC)
Research suggests that NAC levels may drop with age, which could lead to oxidative stress within brain cells, a conspicuous suspect in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer?s and Parkinson?s Diseases. Dosage: 250-750 mg pd.

7.    phosphatidylserine (PS)
A key structural component of cell membranes and particularly concentrated in the brain, PS assists cell membrane fluidity, which is important for receiving and releasing neurotransmitters and bringing nutrients to the cell and moving waste products out. Dosage: 200-500 mg pd.

8.    Vinpocetine
Derived from the leaves of the common periwinkle, and used as a stroke treatment in eastern Europe and Japan, Vinpocetine improves the flexibility of red blood cells, allowing them to flow more freely through the brain?s smaller vessels and providing damaged neurons with the benefits of enhanced circulation. Dosage: 5-10 Mg pd.

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