How can I keep my brain healthy?

None of us should underestimate the value of keeping our brain and memory in healthy working order. Our busy day-to-day lifestyles require us to concentrate and remember so many things, it’s no wonder we can feel a bit overloaded every now and then.

Keep your brain active

“If you don’t use it, you lose it” is especially true when it comes to maintaining healthy brain function, particularly during ageing. Each individual neuron in the brain can form thousands of links with other neurons, connecting to each other to form neural networks. These neural connections are not static and they change over time, and the more signalling that occurs between neurons means that stronger connections can grow. Keeping the brain active by learning new skills, doing puzzles, going to new places and staying socially active with family and friends can all help to strengthen these neural connections.

Top 7 herbs and nutrients to support healthy brain function:

  • BacoMind® is a clinically trialled*^ extract of Bacopa monnieri, commonly known as Brahmi, and has been clinically trialled to support:
    • cognitive function and memory during ageing*
    • learning and memory, including information retention and recall, in children and adolescents^ See more here: Memory & Cognition Gold.

Brahmi is a brain and nerve tonic traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve memory, concentration and learning, and to improve stress adaptation, making it beneficial during periods of stress. Human studies have shown that Brahmi has a beneficial effect on memory when used long term.

Not all Brahmi extracts are created the same. BacoMind® has been standardised to contain optimum levels of nine phytochemical active constituents, including bacoside A. Bacoside A assists with the release of nitric oxide that allows the relaxation of blood vessels to enable smooth blood flow throughout the body. This offers a positive effect on learning and memory recall. See more here: Super Brahmi 6000.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (FA’s) derived from fish oil, provide a rich source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is an important structural component of the brain and is required for normal brain function and the maintenance of cognitive function in older adults. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high concentrations in the brain and influence the function of brain cell membranes, important for healthy transmission of brain signals. By making cell membranes more fluid, omega-3 fatty acids help to improve communication between brain cells to maintain healthy brain function. See more here: Omega-3 Concentrate.
  • Ginkgo helps maintain blood flow to the brain, and in doing so, assists in the maintenance of cognitive function, memory, focus and concentration.
  • Panax ginseng is an invigorating herb beneficial during periods of fatigue and poor concentration and helps to restore mental concentration capacity.
  • L-theanine is an amino acid found almost exclusively in tea. L-theanine helps maintain healthy brain function by regulation of neurotransmitters.
  • Phosphatidylserine is the major phospholipid or fat in the brain and is important for cellular communication, which helps improve the transfer of signals between brain cells.
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine crosses the blood-brain barrier, providing direct benefit to the central nervous system and assists in maintaining healthy neurological processes, cognitive function and memory during ageing. Acetyl L-Carnitine supports healthy brain and mental functioning, ageing and provides relief of physical and mental fatigue. See more here: Acetyl L-Carnitine.
*Morgan A. et al. J Altern Complement Med. 2010; 16(7):753-9
^Usha OD. et al. J Pharmacol. Toxicol. 2008; 3(4):302-310

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