Do you remember the move Limitless starting Brandley Cooper? It was a about a guy who found a pill to give him super brain power. The use of brain pills became widespread after Limitless became a Box Office smash hit. Unfortunately, you can’t take a pill and become smarter in 30 seconds. But there are things you can do over time that might help with memory and other brain functions. Here are a few things to know about your brain.
- Your brain grows new cells every day
- Your daily habits are recorded in your brain
- Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body
There are things you can do that may improve your brain health, function and memory. We reviewed a number metal health experts and found a number of common activities that may help.
- L-theanine may boost cognitive performance. L-Theanine, also known as Suntheanine, is derived from the tea leaves and is a non-essential amino acid and glutamic acid analog. L-Theanine has become a popular supplement because of its unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrie. This can be found in Green Tea or our L-Theanine product
- Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain by the pineal gland, from the amino acid tryptophan. The synthesis and release of melatonin are stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light, suggesting the involvement of melatonin in circadian rhythm and regulation of diverse body functions. Levels of melatonin in the blood are highest prior to bedtime.
- Get quality sleep. The brain does not shut off when we are asleep. There is a lot of work going on while you sleep and much of it involves consolidating the learning that took place during the day (see work by Walker, Stickgold, Alsop, Gaab, & Schlaug, 2005).
- Ginkgo Biloba has been show to help with memory. Supplement Spot’s Healthy Brain supplement provides the antioxidants and other herbal supplements to support normal mental capacity, sustained focus and memory function.
- Remember your Bs. Three B vitamins, folic acid, B6, and B12, can help lower your homocysteine levels, high levels of which have been linked to an increased risk of dementia. Vitamin B12 is also known as Cobalamin because it contains cobalt, which gives it its red color. Cobalamin is a water-soluble member of the B vitamin family and was the last of the B complex vitamins to be identified in 1926. View our B12, b6 products.
- Our Vitamin B Complext is also a good brain healthy supplement. View our Vitamin B products.
- Quit Smoking. One Archives of Internal Medicine study published in 2010 followed 21,123 smokers from 1978 to 2008. Those people who smoked more than two packs of cigarettes a day had twice the rate of dementia when they were older. (source Dr Btyan Roche, Ph.D.)
- Exercise Helps. A study from December 2012 confirmed, that aerobic exercise dramatically improves aspects of cognitive function such as task switching, selective attention, and working memory.
- High levels of vitamin K and choline. These it will help keep your memory sharp. high levels of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp. Phosphatidyl Serine (PS)
- Keep your brain active. Experts tells us that it is important to keep our brains active through learning new things. Like a muscle, your brain can expand and grow, so stay active.
A University of California San Francisco study from 2009 titled, “Staying Sharp: New Study Uncovers How People Maintain Cognitive Function In Old Age” also found that cognitive function doesn’t always decline with age.
Recent Studies On Brain Function and Sources
Randomized Controlled Trial study published in the Journal Pediatrics by Helland, Smith, Saarem, Saugstad, & Drevon, sited that having Omega 3 fatty acids improved IQ in infants. Link to study
Sam Gandy MD, PhD, the associate director of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, sited the positive effects of vitamin E. Link to source