How to Boost Your Brain Power
Saturday, February 15th 2003
How many people have a modern wake-up routine: fall out of bed, chain-drink coffee, immerse themselves in the world's latest tragedies (through newspapers and TV), sprint for work like a rat in a maze and end up "wired" and stressed for the day?
These people simply fail to start the day with sufficient brain nutrients to function the whole day at optimum levels.
While this routine is detrimental to brain health there are many things that can be done to enhance brain health. Vitamins, especially the Vitamin B are essential for brain function. Vitamin B1 is required in the production of three important enzymes necessary to convert glucose into energy in the brain. Vitamin B3 is needed to produce energy. Vitamin B5 is also needed to produce energy and is involved in synthesising adrenal hormones (important for reducing stress). Its greatest benefits are derived from its role in memory and learning. Vitamin B6 is required to produce some of the brain's neurotransmitters and it has been shown to improve memory and brain function in older people while low levels are linked to poor scores in tests of cognitive function.
Vitamin B12 is perhaps the most important for proper brain functioning. Vitamin B12 deficiencies are common in elderly people and may result in mental confusion, which sometimes is mistaken for Alzheimer's disease.
Choline, is important for memory, learning and particularly for the developing brain.
Reproduced unabridged from the February/ March 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Memory and Concentration:
Opti CoQ10 150mg
Age Defence Resveratrol
Efalex Active Adult
ENZO Brain Recovery Programme
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Fish Oil 1500mg - Odourless
Pantothenic Acid (B5)
Vitamin B Complex
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