by Melissa Chichester
And consider this: on average, the brain takes up 20% of the body’s energy. That means your brain has a big job to do. You’re constantly using it, even when you are sleeping. Your brain needs nourishment just like the rest of your body from food, water, and healthy nutrients. Here are 8 brain health supplements for extra support.
Looking for more superfoods? This brain support supplement features marigold – a source of lutein and zeaxanthin that provides as much of these nutrients in Neuro Superfood as 23 cups of raw kale or 17 cups of cooked broccoli.* This formula also contains red grape powder and wild blueberry extract to provide plant-based antioxidant support.*
Neuro Superfood also contains Lutemax® 2020, which is clinically shown to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a natural growth factor important for the maintenance of a healthy brain.* An ideal plant-based nootropic to help support concentration, our Neuro Superfood brain supplement is vegan, gluten-free, and easy-to-swallow.*
L-theanine is an amino acid related to the neurotransmitter glutamate. It is unique in that it’s not involved in building protein like other amino acids. It is most commonly found in green tea leaves. L-theanine influences alpha brain wave activity, which is believed to help provide its beneficial effects.* It also supports mood centers in the brain and supports a calm and relaxed mood.* L-theanine also interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) and helps with occasional stress.* When combined with caffeine, l-theanine supports mental focus by assisting with attention.*
Daily stress requires the use of all your faculties, especially the optimal health of your brain and nervous system. That’s where GABA comes into play. Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is known for its importance in nervous system functioning and for working with the mood centers of the brain.* GABA 750 mg can help support relaxation when faced with mild, occasional stress.* GABA is an amino acid naturally produced by the body that functions as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.* As a neurotransmitter, GABA’s role is to support cellular function.*
Gingko biloba is native to China and has many uses in traditional wellness practices. Although used in ancient times, it is still beloved today for culinary and health purposes. As a supplement, gingko biloba assists in maintaining circulatory health and helps support memory, especially occasional mild memory problems associated with aging.*
Often known as dimethylaminoethanol, DMAE is a natural metabolite in the body. DMAE is related to the B factor choline and is a neuro precursor to acetylcholine.
Neuro-PS® Gold™ is a carefully designed blend of nutrients that support cognitive health.* This includes phosphatidylserine (known as PS) plays a role in neurotransmitter release and ion transport.* PS levels may decline with age, and Neuro-PS® Gold™ helps replenish these levels.* Neuro-PS® Gold™ also contains Ginkgo Biloba providing additional nourishment to the brain.*
Nobody is immune to stress, and stress can cause more serious issues, such as sleep interruption. Support a calm and relaxed mood with Ashwagandha Extract KSM-66® & L-Theanine.* Ashwagandha is a traditional herb that brings occasional relief from stress and anxiety.* Ashwagandha has been used since ancient times by Indian shamans for its adaptogenic qualities.* Adaptogens are compounds that help the body adjust to stress and restore balance. The addition of l-theanine supports the mood centers in the brain.* It also supports concentration, attention, and focus.*
Ayurvedic Brain Support is a supplement inspired by traditional Ayurvedic practices that contains bacopa, turmeric, and ashwagandha. BacoMind® is derived from the plant Bacopa monnieri, an Ayurvedic herb that supports brain health.* Bacopa has been traditionally used in eastern Ayurvedic practices for supporting memory and focus, especially mild memory and focus problems associated with aging, and is now supported by modern science.* Furthermore, turmeric contains curcuminoids, which are plant-based antioxidants. Ashwagandha rounds out this formula.
To support your brain health, the foundation starts with hydration, nutrition, exercise, healthy sleep habits, and reducing stress. Supplements can also provide extra support. Just make sure that you discuss taking any new supplements with your doctor first – and bring your brain health questions to the doctor that you trust.