BRAIN FOOD | Nootropic Supplement
March 27, 2020
Brain Food Nootropic Supplement Explained
What are nootropics? Originally derived from the Greek words “nous” (mind) and “tropein” (to bend or turn), nootropics referred to the domain of compounds that support neurological and cognitive processes including thinking, recognition, memory, and learning. Sometimes referred to as “smart drugs”, the term broadly applies to synthetic compounds, including prescription drugs, as well as naturally derived substances available in dietary supplements. The world is faster and more stressful than it has ever been. People are living longer and need their brain functions to remain intact as they go through the aging process. You take vitamins and minerals to support your body. It only makes sense to take nootropics to support your brain. When designing BRAIN FOOD, we wanted to create a nootropic supplement with the following benefits:
- Support short- and long-term brain health
- Improve stress response and reduce mental fatigue
- Improve memory, concentration, and cognitive processes
With these functions defined we were on our way to determining what ingredients will achieve those outcomes. Because brain health is the foundation of everything, the first goal is to ensure we are supporting brain cells both in the short- and long-term. This leads us to Lion’s Mane Mushroom and phosphatidylserine.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom (LMM) is a “holy grail” nootropic for achieving long-term, lasting cognitive enhancement. LMM contains a number of polysaccharides, such as B-glucan, heteroglucans, and heteroxylans, as well as several cyathane derivative diterpenoids known as hericenones and erinacines. Studies have shown oral consumption of LMM releases Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) in the brain. NGF governs the growth, proliferation, maturation, and repair of nerve cells in the brain. Therefore, higher levels of NGF mean enhanced neuron growth, faster neurite outgrowth, and ultimately more raw brainpower.
With LMM taking care of growing new cells, we need to protect new and existing cells for long-term brain health. Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that covers and protects the cells in your brain and helps transmit signals between cells. Phosphatidylserine is critical for maintaining sharp memory and cognitive functions. Because levels naturally decrease with age, it is important to supplement with phosphatidylserine to help ensure proper brain function.
With brain health covered, our next task is to address stress and mental fatigue. Stress comes from many sources and for various reasons. Not all stress is negative, but stress in any form adds to the load on our cognitive functions. This added stress can lead to symptoms of mental fatigue including tiredness, headaches, and what is commonly known as “brain fog”. Our research determined the most effective compounds to address the incurrence of stress and the response to it are l-theanine, KSM-66 Ashwagandha®, and l-tyrosine.
L-theanine is an amino acid analog of the proteinogenic amino acids l-glutamate and l-glutamine and is found primarily in particular plant and fungal species. With respect to cognitive function, research has shown verbal fluency and executive function scores improved after theanine administration. With respect to stress-related symptoms, Self-rating Depression Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-trait, and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score all decreased after theanine administration. Theanine has the added benefit of being fully synergistic with the effects of caffeine. This makes Brain Food a great addition to your morning coffee or tea.
KSM-66® ashwagandha is a branded, full-spectrum ashwagandha extract, with the highest concentration of all major root-only extracts available on the market today. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that has clinically shown to support healthy stress levels by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Finally, supplementing with l-tyrosine is thought to increase levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. By increasing these neurotransmitters, it may help improve performance in stressful situations.
With brain health and stress management covered, the final piece to address is mental performance. It is common for many to experience cognitive decline as they age. This is especially common in older adults. The solution is to restore and maintain high levels of neurotransmitter quantity, quality, and activity within the brain. For this, we turn to Alpha GPC and Cognizin® citicoline.
Alpha GPC (l-alpha-glycerophosphocholine) is a natural compound that works fast and helps deliver choline to the brain, often beginning within an hour of administration. Alpha GPC increases the production of acetylcholine along with cell membrane phospholipids. One of the most notable benefits of Alpha GPC is its potential for improving brain health and cognition. It may also be possible for Alpha GPC to improve memory formation and enhance learning ability. Alpha GPC may also raise dopamine levels which benefits brain function significantly.
Cognizin® is a proprietary form of citicoline. Citicoline appears to provide cognitive benefits with respect to memory and brain functions. Citicoline may lead to better focus and concentration, helping to combat distractions and keep you focused. At the cellular level, citicoline has been found to improve overall neuronal membrane integrity, resulting in a reduction in neuronal death. Citicoline also appears to amplify the effects of other nootropics. This makes Cognizin® a very powerful and important ingredient in BRAIN FOOD.
Our BRAIN FOOD nootropic supplement is the most potent and comprehensive product in the nootropic supplements market today. BRAIN FOOD quickly supports neurological and cognitive processes and ensures brain health is maintained. Whether you are a student, professional, parent, and/or athlete, BRAIN FOOD is perfect for anyone looking to achieve their best. BRAIN FOOD is one convenient daily dose taken first thing in the morning and pairs great with our MOTION joint support supplement.