Good, better, best. We can evaluate most things in life this way, from the way we spend our money to the daily habits we adopt. Well, the same principle applies to the ingredients we use to fuel our brain. Many foods, supplements, and medicines claim to support brain function, but what takes priority? Not all ingredients are created equal, so what should we be putting our confidence and dollars towards?
The makers of NeuroQ, including Dr. Bredesen, author of The End of Alzheimer’s, have made it their mission to answer questions like these and make the best ingredients easily accessible. Below we’ve identified five of their top ingredients for optimizing brain function.
Legend says the Chinese herbalist and martial artist Li Ching Yu lived to be 256 years old because he regularly consumed gotu kola. This herb, a member of the parsley family, is native to parts of Asia and Africa. For thousands of years, gotu kola has been used in traditional Chinese, African, and Indian medicine, and it’s prized in Ayurvedic medicine for its spiritually uplifting properties. Many people add it to drinks and salads.
Gotu kola is best known for promoting mental clarity and focus, relaxation, blood circulation, and tissue strength. It can help treat fatigue, anxiety, memory loss, depression, Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, and even epilepsy. People often use it to find relief from stress, worry, and brain fog. Long-term, gotu kola stimulates new brain cell growth (dendrite branching) especially in areas that are key to memory formation and recall.
Gingko Leaf Extract
Don’t let the rotten smell of this plant’s fruit fool you—Gingko trees are packed with medicinal benefits. They’re also one of the oldest living tree species on earth. Mostly prized for its seeds and leaves, the gingko tree is another standard ingredient in ancient Chinese healing. Modern medicine typically uses the leaf extract for its healing function. The most helpful components of gingko are believed to be flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant qualities, and terpenoids, which help improve blood circulation to the brain.
Gingko leaf is most frequently used to treat dementia and other brain-related health problems, such as memory loss, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, depression, and insomnia. Studies show ingesting gingko leaf dilates blood vessels and makes platelets less sticky, thereby improving blood flow to the brain.
Researchers at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute found significant improvement in verbal recall among a group of people with age-associated memory impairment who took the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba for six months when compared with a group that received a placebo.
Phosphatidylserine (PS) levels in the brain are vital for strong cell membranes–keeping nutrients and oxygen in and toxins and waste out. Research has shown that dietary supplementation with PS can slow and even reverse the decline of learning, mood, memory, concentration, and word recall related to dementia or age-related cognitive impairment in middle-aged and elderly subjects.
When we think of cognition, it’s helpful to understand that this doesn’t merely reference brain function. Its true definition is “the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.”
Coffee Fruit Extract
Coffee fruit, also known as the coffee berry or coffee cherry, is a tiny red berry that encapsulates the coffee beans used in your morning espresso. Most coffee plants are grown along the “The Bean Belt” throughout the world. In our NeuroQ supplement, each serving contains 2mg of caffeine from this ingredient.
Coffee fruit extract fuels brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a molecule that boosts nerve transmission and whose function is essential for learning, memory, and behavior. Think of BDNF as brain fertilizer; higher BDNF levels lead to increased ability to store and recall information. Research has shown a link between low BDNF and brain-related health conditions, including depression, OCD, Alzehimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
Our NeuroQ supplement has been proven to increase BDNF levels in the brain by up to 143%. High BDNF levels are also neuroprotective against age-related cognitive decline. A recent study done at Boston University concluded that out of 140 test patients those with the highest BDNF levels also had a 50% reduction in Alzheimer’s risk.
Yamada Bee Farm Propolis
Propolis, nicknamed “bee glue”, is a tree resin bees acquire and use to line their hive as a natural immune system, protecting the insects inside from outside germs. Propolis contains over 300 natural and powerful compounds to support immunity and also works as an antiseptic, antioxidant, and cancer- and inflammation-fighting tool. It supports the development of nerve tissue, and is neuroprotective. When combined with turmeric long-term, propolis can protect brain cells against damage caused by free radicals and toxins.
But what’s significant about Yamada Bee Farm’s propolis? The farm prioritizes quality production and ethical harvesting of bee products. Their beekeepers use an old-world approach to extract royal jelly that supports happy bees and encourages the establishment of natural healthy bee habits. LifeSeasons is the only company in the United States authorized to use Yamada Bee Farm Royal Jelly in supplement formulations.
What This Means For You
Most people begin to notice signs of brain fog, forgetfulness, memory lapses, reduced focus, etc. around age 45. They’re usually told not to worry about these symptoms, to just chalk it up to “aging”, and that there is nothing they can do about it. This idea is false.
Just like other muscles or organs in our body, lack of proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stimulation negatively affects the brain too. It is estimated that there are over 45 million Americans over the age of 50 who are experiencing these symptoms now and are at risk for further cognitive decline if not addressed.
By taking the above ingredients in a high quality, clinically studied supplement form like NeuroQ, you can help boost brain performance and preserve long-term brain health each day. NeuroQ is specifically designed to give your brain a daily boost of focus and clarity while delivering the nutrients needed for long-term neuroprotection of healthy brain function, including memory, attention, and processing speed.
As the world’s leading expert on cognitive decline, there is no one better qualified to help prevent the decline than Dr. Dale Bredesen. Not only did he help formulate this supplement, but he also developed the NeuroQ evaluation (the first cognitive assessment made available to the public), which is the primary step he recommends adults take to benchmark where their overall brain health is compared to scaled norms. Then individuals know what other daily habits besides supplementation they can implement to take control of their brain health. Take the first step and get a free 15 minute NeuroQ evaluation today!