NATURAL MEN’S HEALTH: BRAIN POWER - SUPPLEMENTS
Diet and exercise fads come and go but one thing is for sure in relation to our ageing population: brain power is becoming increasingly important. Preventative health for this amazing organ will be a top priority for medical research over the coming years. Certainly, in the last sixteen years of my private practice I have seen both subtle and very substantial changes in men in relation to concentration levels and brain energy when their diet has been modified and certain 'brain foods' highlighted.
I have especially noticed much positive feedback from men when I have supplemented their busy lifestyles with some particular vitamins and herbs that have been used traditionally for increasing levels of oxygen to the brain. There is still so much information to be gathered and tested, but the following advice could be extremely helpful in improving the quality of your brain power.
Dr Darma Singh Khalsa, in his book Brain Longevity, talks about the good news of cognitive powers. He says that approximately half of all cognitive problems in men are not caused by Alzheimer's or age-associated memory loss, but by other factors, most of which can be avoided or compensated for. These factors include depression, strokes and general lifestyle factors.
Powerful stimulants such as alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines all cause interference in the utilisation of acetylcholine, which is the most important neurotransmitter for memory. In fact, one of the characteristics of Alzheimer's is a marked deficiency in this important transmitter. It has now been found that even a moderate deficiency in some vitamins associated with acetylcholine can disrupt cognitive function. These vitamins include the Bs: B12, riboflavin and thiamine, which must be in adequate supply. B12 also helps to build the myelin sheath (the protector of the nerve cell) and prevents pernicious anaemia, which can rob the brain of oxygen. Folate is now also recognised as an essential part of the B vitamins for healthy neurotransmitters, especially in the prevention of Alzheimer's.