We live in an interesting age where the very things we invent to make our lives easier and safer often seem to do the exact opposite. The more safety features a car comes loaded with, the more crashes we humans get into (people get lazier, thinking the car will keep them safe), cell phones keep our days organized, yet we seem to forget more and more things (we’re actually overloading ourselves), and even the internet presents an abundance of information, yet society couldn’t be more misinformed or misled (everyone thinks they're an expert).
All this and more impacts our brain and cognition one way or another. The world we live in truly shapes our brain. The inverse is also true. And while many of us would agree this is a wonderful time to be alive, our lives don’t come without caveats. Both our mental and cognitive need a little extra TLC. If we neglect it, there are consequences.
- Mental fatigue
- Mental disorders
- Cognitive disorders (Dementia, Alzheimer’s)
- Total reprogramming of human behavior
- Decline in critical thinking
- Learning difficulties
- Memory decline
Do you have to give up your cell and delete your email account to save you from a grim future? While putting some modest limits on screen time is hugely beneficial, there’s hope for not having to undergo a major lifestyle overhaul.
Technology and the Brain
To fully understand the real concern for all the doom and gloom, and to fully understand and appreciate the solution I will go over later in this puzzle piece, it would help to go over the relationship between technology and your brain.
Technology affects our memory, our attention, what we focus on and our sleep cycles. A study using neuroimaging of frequent Internet users showed twice as much activity in the prefrontal cortex compared to sporadic users. This means we’re not retaining much of the mountain of information; just skimming and moving on. This is the part of the brain that is used for short-term memory and quick decision-making.
In a study titled Digital Technology and Student Cognitive Development: The Neuroscience of the University Classroom, conducted by J. Michael Cavanaugh, et. al., they said, “While screen technology may offer select cognitive benefits, there is mounting evidence in the cognitive neuroscience literature that digital technology is restructuring the way our students read and think, and not necessarily for the better. Rather, emerging research regarding intensive use of digital devices suggests something more closely resembling a Faustian quandary: Certain cognitive skills are gained while other “deep thinking” capabilities atrophy as a result of alterations in the neural circuitry.”
In other words, our brains are doing their best to change to keep up with the world. This takes a nutritional toll.
The Nutrients We’re Burning Through
While there is a host of nutrients your brain needs in varying amounts to maintain optimal health and function, there are the big three: omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids and vitamin E.
Your brain consists of 60% fatty tissue. As people age, nerve cells shrink, the blood supplies to the brain decline, and inflammation is far more common. The brain then produces smaller quantities of key messenger chemicals called neurotransmitters. At some point, communication between cells becomes less smooth and your memory skills suffer.
Also as you age, nerve cells in your brain have a progressively harder time protecting themselves from free radicals. Almost all fruits, vegetables, and herbs contain flavonoids, which have been found to have many health benefits. Studies show flavonoids help your brain fight aging by increasing the number of connections between neurons, to disrupting the development of amyloid plaques that clog the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients.
You have probably already heard about vitamin E and its powerful antioxidant capabilities. Your brain is a big fan of this nutrient. Several studies have found that vitamin E delays the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2014 study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, “Stroke”, researchers found that vitamin E may protect the brain from developing white matter lesions, which have been linked to increased stroke risk, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
The Solution to Optimal Brain Health
Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to recognize and form neural connections, especially in response to learning and recovering from injury. It’s what keeps a brain nimble and alert.
Opti-Brain™ provides the nutrients to improve neuroplasticity. Its ingredients also improve mental clarity, boost ability to focus, improve concentration, increase alertness and energy, raise intelligence, boost memory, and improve mood by increasing dopamine and serotonin levels.
The Core Ingredients
Opti-Brain contains the big three: omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids and vitamin E, in addition to so many more research-backed nutrients in therapeutic doses. The older you are and the longer it’s been since the last time you’ve addressed brain health, the more your brain needs these nutrients.
BACOPA HERB has been shown to have both short-term and long-term use effects. In short-term, it boosts brain health, focus, and attention, along with level out anxiety, depression, and regulate dopamine. It has been used in the past to treat memory loss and ADHD.
CHOLINE is an essential nutrient that turns into acetylcholine, the learning neurotransmitter improves, which leads to improvements in memory and mood.
DMAE is the building block for acetylcholine. Without it, your body wouldn’t receive any signals in the brain or nervous system. It pairs very well with choline.
HUPERZINE A inhibits an enzyme that degrades acetylcholine. This defense allows for boosts a wide range of functions, including mental clarity, concentration, information retention, and neuroplasticity (meaning your neurons keep on forming new links) by increasing acetylcholine levels in your brain.
L-THEANINE is an amino acid extracted from green tea leaves. It quickly increases dopamine and serotonin levels, helping you generally feel happier. L-Theanine has the rare ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it gets directly into your brain, instead of you having to wait for it to circulate through your system.
L-TYROSINE has been proven to help fight symptoms of depression while improving mood, focus, and energy. It might be the answer you need to help you find the motivation to dissipate that dark cloud looming over your head.
Delivering the Best
As always, my ingredients through the OHS line come from whole foods and organic minerals. You won’t have the same side effect concerns as with synthetic ingredients. The formulas are also taken a step further than anyone on the market with the patented predigestion process Opti-Blend™. This guarantees delivery at the cellular level and up to a 300% increase in absorption.