“Mind Mineral” Boosts Clarity and Eliminates Brain Fog
Stay Sharp and Banish Brain Fog With These Secrets.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there on how to keep your mind and memory sharp. There’s even confusion over what science really knows. Today, we’ll dig into the truth about mental decline, so you can stay sharp and banish brain fog with these secrets.
The Stimulant Secret
Americans drink hundreds of millions of cups of coffee every day. Lots of folks say they need that caffeine “jolt” to feel awake in the morning. Others appreciate the laxative effect of caffeinated coffee. Still others feel mentally sharper and more alert when they have a couple of cups of coffee.
Well, if your coffee is caffeinated, there’s a good chance you’re getting at least some of these effects. And one – feeling sharper and more alert – may be more than temporary.
In 2010, doctors at the University of South Florida ran an experiment with mice.
They took two similar groups of mice and gave some of them caffeine in their drinking water. The others just drank plain water.
The scientists started when the mice were “middle aged,” and continued the experiment until the mice were quite old. The caffeinated mice showed better memory and lower levels of Beta-amyloid (BA) proteins in their brains as they aged. (The same type of proteins linked to brain fog and memory loss in humans.)
Older mice that were given just one shot of caffeine in their water showed a drop in BA proteins – both in their brains and their blood. The doctors saw similar results giving once cup of caffeinated coffee to older humans. Decaffeinated coffee didn’t have that effect.1
In another study, Finnish doctors took extensive health information on 1,409 volunteers. Then they followed the volunteers for an average of 21 years.
At the end of the study, middle-aged coffee drinkers were far less likely to suffer memory and thinking problems as they aged. In fact, those who drank 3 – 5 cups a day cut their risk by 65%.2
A number of other studies have found similar results. Of course, you shouldn’t overdo it. Three cups a day should provide you with a good first line of defense against brain fog.
Fish Really Is Brain Food
A lot of old folk wisdom has turned out to be wrong. But one old saying that’s been proven time and again says, “Fish is brain food.”
Our ancestors didn’t know anything about PUFAs – polyunsaturated fatty acids. But modern research has shown they’re important for brain and nerve health. Especially the Omega-3s.
Last year, university scientists in Australia confirmed Omega-3 levels in the brain tend to drop with age. And people with memory and thinking problems tend to have levels of these healthy fats – especially one.
The researchers found people with low levels of DHA – found in fish oil – were much more likely to suffer with brain fog and memory problems.3
Then a study published just this year turned that formula around. Doctors in China discovered people with higher levels of DHA were less likely to suffer with memory loss and brain fog.
Reviewing data from 181,580 adults, they found just one serving of fish per week – or 100 mg of DHA per day – was linked to a lower risk of developing cognition issues in later life.4
If you take an Omega-3 supplement, look for one with at least 500 mg of Omega-3s. Most fish oil supplements contain 2 – 4 times more EPA than DHA. So 500 mg of Omega-3s should ensure you get at least 100 mg of DHA.
The information on caffeine and Omega-3s seems pretty clear. With some other nutrients, it’s not quite that simple. Take vitamin E, for example…
Are You Taking the Right Vitamin E?
You see, there isn’t just one form of vitamin E. It’s a family… like the B vitamins. There are 8 forms of E – 4 tocopherols (TPLs) and 4 tocotrienols (TTLs).
Gamma tocoopherol is the most abundant in the foods we eat. Alpha tocopherol is a more stable form of vitamin E. It’s the form usually used in supplements. The 4 tocotrienols are relatively rare in foods, with palm oil being by far the richest source.
Studies suggest that higher levels of TTLs in your diet may offer strong protection against brain fog. But their rarity – and the environmental damage of palm oil plantations – makes TTLs less than an ideal choice.
On the other hand, your total TPL intake offers almost as much protection… and they’re a lot easier to get.5
A number of studies show vitamin E can defend against brain fog. But, just last year, German scientists discovered that vitamin E can also promote higher levels of Beta-amyloid proteins.
But they discovered one form of vitamin E is much less apt to do this than others. It’s Alpha tocopherol – the form found in most vitamins supplements.6
We need more research to come to definitive conclusions. For now, boosting your intake of Alpha tocopherol can enhance your mind’s defenses… but generally avoid possible complications.
Finally, a nutrient that’s only confusing when you try to measure it.
The “Mind Mineral” Boosts Clarity
You don’t need an awful lot of magnesium. Men need about 420 mg a day. Women only need about 320 mg (a little more during pregnancy and lactation). But what you need, you really need.
Your body uses magnesium for more than 300 different functions. Everything from strong bones to a healthy heartbeat depends on this versatile mineral. Including your brain.
Research tells us many adults – especially older adults – don’t get the magnesium they need. And that’s bad news for mental clarity.
For example, Turkish doctors gave a group of mature adults a common test used to measure mental performance. They also tested their volunteers’ magnesium levels. Those with the lowest levels of magnesium also tended to show the highest level of mental impairment.7
Just this year, a European team reviewed 13 studies of magnesium and mental clarity. As in the Turkish study, they found low magnesium levels were linked to a higher risk of brain fog and memory trouble.
But here’s where it gets a little complicated.
The European doctors discovered people may have normal levels of magnesium in their blood, while other key levels are low. For example, some of the studies they looked at found “healthy” magnesium levels in the blood, but low levels in the fluid surrounding the spine and brain.8
To me, that says a little insurance may go a long way to staying sharp.
Supporting Mental Clarity
Coffee is easy to get – and a daily pleasure for millions. And fish oil – which spoils easily – is best taken as a separate supplement to ensure freshness.
But you can combine vitamin E and magnesium with other brain-boosting nutrients for maximum effect. Nutrients like B vitamins, selenium, ginkgo biloba, and acetyl-N-carnitine – all proven to support a healthy mind and memory.
And that’s exactly what you’ll get – along with a half-dozen other brain boosters – in My Healthy Memory from Best Life Herbals. If you’re looking for optimal support for a sharp, clear mind, just visit BestLife-Herbals.com for more details.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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2 Eskelinen, M.H., et al, “Midlife coffee and tea drinking and the risk of late-life dementia: a population- based CAIDE study,” J Alzheimers Dis. 2009; 16(1): 85-91.
3 Thomas, J., et al, “Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Early Prevention of Inflammatory Neurodegenerative Disease: A Focus on Alzheimer’s Disease,” Biomed Res Int. 2015; 2015: 172801.
4 Zhang, Y., et al, “Intakes of fish and polyunsaturated fatty acids and mild-to-severe cognitive impairment risks: a dose-response meta-analysis of 21 cohort studies,” Am J Clin Nutr. Feb 2016; 103(2): 330-340.
5 Mangialasche, F., et al, “Tocopherols and tocotrienols plasma levels are associated with cognitive impairment,” Neurobiol Aging. Oct 2012; 33(10): 2282-2290.
6 Grimm, M.O., et al, “Vitamin E: Curse or Benefit in Alzheimer’s Disease? A Systematic Investigation of the Impact of α-, γ- and δ-Tocopherol on Aß Generation and Degradation in Neuroblastoma Cells,” J Nutr Health Aging. Jul 2015; 19(6): 646-656.
7 Cilliler, A.E., et al, “Serum magnesium level and clinical deterioration in Alzheimer’s disease,” Gerontology. 2007; 53(6): 419-422.
8 Veronese, N., et al, “Magnesium Status in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Systematic Review,” Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. May 2016; 31(3): 208-213
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