While you’re taking your probiotics for gut health, your multivitamin for whole body health, and your Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract for cardiovascular health, don’t forget to take care of your cognitive health too! It is easy to forget about brain health, since oftentimes our physical ailments are our main focus. But we are here to remind you to take care of that brain! After all, your brain is the body’s control center, and keeping it healthy keeps your whole body healthy.
When it comes to maintaining brain health, there are four specific areas to focus on:
Nutrition: Keeping a healthy diet of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein not only helps your body, but your brain too. People who have high fat and high cholesterol diets are more likely to develop dementia.
Exercise: Yes, physical activity undoubtedly benefits your body, but exercising also improves blood flow to your brain and encourages brain cell development. It also reduces your chances for heart attack, stroke, and other events that may be related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Social activity: Being around people you love, and doing what you love, can contribute to brain health. In combination with a brain healthy diet and daily exercise, social activity can keep your brain in tip top shape.
Mental activity: Think about your brain as a “muscle;” it stays strong only if you exercise it. The best exercises for brain health are reading, writing, crosswords, and other mentally stimulating activities.
Another way you can boost brain health and keep it healthy is with the right supplement. Kyolic Brain Energy contributes to optimal brain performance with Aged Garlic Extract, folic acid, vitamin K1, bacopa monnieri extract, and Cognizin® Citicoline. Never heard of Cognizin® Citicoline before? Here’s the low down on what it is and why you need it.
Cognizin® Citicoline is a clinically researched brain health ingredient that has been shown to:
- support mental energy
- promote focus and attention
- and support overall cognitive health
It is a branded form of Citicoline, a substance found in every cell of the body and especially vital to brain health. Citicoline is broken down during intestinal absorption and, after passing through the blood/brain barrier, is reconstituted in the brain. Citicoline is a water-soluble compound that:
- Supplies precursors for the synthesis of phospholipids, including phosphatidylcholine, a major constituent of brain tissue.
- Helps maintain normal levels of acetylcholine, a chemical that regulates cognitive function.
- Promotes communication between neurons.
- Protects neural structures from free radical damage.
- Supports healthy brain activity and metabolism.
- Helps sustain healthy cellular mitochondria to support cognitive health and energy.
The brain makes up only two percent of a person’s body weight, yet it consumes roughly 20 percent of the body’s energy when at rest. Cognizin® helps supply the nutrition that the human brain needs to stay alert and focused throughout the entire day.
Cognizin® and Energy
Energy reserves play a critical role in healthy brain function. The first vital benefit of Cognizin® Citicoline is its ability to help support the brain’s energy producing centers. When performing difficult mental activities, the brain needs even more energy. Clinical research indicates that citicoline supports the health of mitochondria, the powerhouses within cells that actually produce the brain’s energy. Healthy mitochondrial function results in higher levels of ATP — which is the body’s main energy storage molecule — in brain cells.
Cognizin® and Focus
The second brain-health benefit of Cognizin® Citicoline is that it promotes focus and concentration. The ability to focus requires an adequate ongoing supply of energy and healthy communication, which is achieved by protecting neural structures against free radical damage and by facilitating the transmission of information through healthy cell membranes.
To function optimally, cell membranes need adequate levels of phospholipids. Phospholipids are a combination of lipids (fats) and the mineral phosphorous that line cell membranes and help determine what is allowed in and out of the cell. Cognizin® is a water-soluble compound essential for the synthesis of phospholipid that makes up approximately 30 percent of brain tissue. By increasing the body’s supply of these essential phospholipids, Cognizin® supports healthy brain activity.
Keeping your brain healthy requires a mixture of all of these tips, including maintaining proper nutrition, engaging in physical activity, being social with friends and family, stimulating your brain through crosswords or other activities, and of course, taking a quality cognitive supplement. So take the right step this New Year and make cognitive health a priority.