Do brain supplements actually work?
Your brain has the power to control every cell in your body. Mental, physical, and emotional well-being are all dependent on this vital organ. However, it seems like more attention has been paid to how best to keep our bodies in good condition rather than our brains. Doctors emphasize the need to eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, and limit stress. In addition, many of us take healthy vitamins and supplements to help with every type of body function from building bone density to optimizing digestive functioning.
Most products are targeted at specific areas of the body like supplements for joints. Two common supplements that claim to support joint health are glucosamine and chondroitin. These compounds are said to contain the building blocks for cartilage and appear to stimulate the body to make this all-important connective tissue that gives your bones and joints mobility.
Given that brain function is so critical to overall health, a lot of research and studies have also been conducted regarding supplements for brain health. Though it is still an emerging area of research, some supplements have shown encouraging results.
Your most important organ
The role of vitamins and minerals in healthy functioning of bones, joints, lungs, and other organs helps to maintain physical well-being, but brain health is arguably more critical to the live a long, quality life. To this end, much research has gone into the study of brain supplements such as ginkgo biloba, which is touted to improve memory, and the omega 3 fatty acid DHA, which is thought to help with learning ability.
Why wouldn’t you take care of your brain?
We depend on our brains to function at our jobs and other areas of life. Sleep deprivation, aging, and stress can all contribute to a lack of focus. Common supplements for mental alertness include stimulants like caffeine and ephedrine. These simple compounds are generally short-acting and do not affect mental health in any permanent way.
One of the interesting fields of study regarding more longer acting supplements for the brain, is that of silica. Silica is thought to help protect the brain from age-related dementia known as Alzheimer’s Disease. As people age, they begin to get higher concentrations of the mineral aluminum in brain tissue. And, a high level of aluminum is observed in people who’ve been diagnosed with AD. Evidence in animal studies indicates that supplementing with silica helped to reduce the concentration of aluminum in the brain and the corresponding abnormal behavior associated with an overabundance of the mineral.
Vibrant Nutraceuticals is excited to announce the development of Silica Plus, a silica supplement that is available in colloidal form which means it is more easily absorbed. And, the benefits of this supplement extend far beyond brain health. Read more on the VN site about this amazing compound.