Researchers explore the effects of a plant compound called resveratrol in patients with ulcerative colitis

Researchers explore the effects of a plant compound called resveratrol in patients with ulcerative colitis

( Natural News ) People suffering from ulcerative colitis can benefit from a plant compound found in red wine and chocolate. A recent study published in the Archives of Medical Research revealed that resveratrol can improve the quality of life of patients with ulcerative colitis . What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that affects the inner lining of the large intestine . In particular, it causes inflammation and ulcers (sores) to appear in the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis develops gradually and can become worse over time. While signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of the inflammation and where it occurs, some commonly recognized symptoms of ulcerative colitis include : Bloody diarrhea, sometimes with pus

Abdominal pain and cramping

Rectal pain

Having an urgent feeling to defecate but being unable to do so

Weight loss

Fatigue

Fever

People with ulcerative colitis often have periods of remission when symptoms disappear. These can last for weeks or even years.

Inflammatory bowel disease — which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — affects 1.3 percent of adults in the United States . Resveratrol supplementation can improve quality of life and help manage symptoms of ulcerative colitis

For their study, researchers from Iran looked at whether supplementing with resveratrol can improve symptoms of ulcerative colitis . A total of 50 patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis were given resveratrol capsules, which they took for six weeks. The researchers found that supplementing with resveratrol significantly reduced biomarkers for inflammation and clinical colitis.

“Our results indicate that 6 weeks [of] supplementation with 500 mg resveratrol can improve quality of life and disease clinical colitis activity at least partially through inflammation reduction in patients with [ulcerative colitis],” the researchers wrote in their report. (Related: Polydatin, a precursor of resveratrol, may help prevent heart disease .) Other benefits of resveratrol

Resveratrol is mainly found in the skins and seeds of grapes and other berries. Many people know resveratrol as the compound in red wine that provides heart benefits. However, resveratrol can improve a person’s health in other ways. (h/t to Healthline.com ) It improves cholesterol levels. Multiple studies have shown that resveratrol can reduce total cholesterol levels and improve high-density lipoprotein (or “good”) cholesterol levels. The compound also reduces low-density lipoprotein (or “bad”) cholesterol levels.

It lowers blood pressure. The antioxidant properties of resveratrol make it a promising supplement for people with hypertension. An earlier review found that high doses of resveratrol can reduce pressure on the arteries. Resveratrol has also been studied for its vasodilating properties.

It protects the brain. Multiple studies have shown that drinking red wine can help slow down age-related cognitive decline, partly due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of resveratrol. The compound also interferes with beta-amyloid, a protein linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease .

It boosts insulin sensitivity. Supplementing with resveratrol can potentially benefit those with diabetes. Some benefits linked to the compound include increasing insulin sensitivity and preventing complications. Resveratrol can also inhibit enzymes from converting glucose into sorbitol, which can damage cells in people with diabetes .

It helps with joint pain. Resveratrol, as well as other plant-based supplements, has been studied for its ability to treat joint pain. Supplementing with resveratrol can prevent cartilage from breaking down — a hallmark symptom of arthritis.

Resveratrol is a powerful plant compound that offers more than just heart and digestive health benefits. You can learn more about this compound at FoodScience.news .

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Mood boosters: 10 foods to eat to cheer you up during lockdown

Mood boosters: 10 foods to eat to cheer you up during lockdown

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You are what they eat, they say. While no lifestyle choice will make you immune to coronavirus, there are a few things you can do to improve your health, mood and immune system during this difficult time. The easiest way is by eating mood-boosting foods. Express.co.uk chats to Nutribuddy’s Educational Nutritionist Kelly Rose to find out what you should eat to help you stay positive while stuck at home. Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are a delicious snack when you can’t be bothered to make anything.

Kelly says: “Not only are nuts and seeds a perfect protein, fat, antioxidant and fibre rich source of nutrition, many are high in tryptophan, an amino acid essential in the production of serotonin.”

Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the body.

It regulates your mood, appetite, digestion, sleep, sexual desire, memory and function.

Kelly recommends cashews, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and soybeans.

She says: “A few brazil nuts a day provides you with selenium which is one of the important antidepressant scale nutrients.

“They’re great as snacks, additions to salads, roasted and added into savoury dishes or soaked and made into dips, butter or nut milks.” How to help your brain through the coronavirus crisis stress

Nuts and seeds are a delicious snack when you can’t be bothered to make anything.

Kelly says: “Not only are nuts and seeds a perfect protein, fat, antioxidant and fibre rich source of nutrition, many are high in tryptophan, an amino acid essential in the production of serotonin.

“Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the body.It regulates your mood, appetite, digestion, sleep, sexual desire, memory and function.

Kelly recommends cashews, walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and soybeans.

She says: “A few brazil nuts a day provides you with selenium which is one of the important antidepressant scale nutrients.

“They’re great as snacks, additions to salads, roasted and added into savoury dishes or soaked and made into dips, butter or nut milks.”

We do not eat nearly enough leafy greens in the UK, according to Kelly

She says: “They are packed with folate needed to reduce fatigue and improve mood, and vitamin C essential to a strong immunity.”

Examples of leafy green include watercress, beet leaves, chard, kale, spinach, wild garlic, lettuce, basil and other fresh herbs.

Not sure how to cook with leafy greens? Kelly suggests adding them to smoothies, using them in salads, adding them into curries or soups, or using them to make pesto.

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How to live longer: Include this snack in your diet

High in fibre and nutrient dense these unsung heroes count as 1 of your five a day, according to Kelly.

She says: “Eating a variety of beans and or lentils daily means you consume at least 4 of the 12 nutrients pinpointed as crucial to positive mental health.
“It can be no accident that the longest living people around the world are eating at least a daily serving.”If you buy beans and lentils dried, they come cheaper.All you need to do is soak them and boil them well.However, lentils do not need to be soaked, just rinse them well and boil them for approximately 30 minutes.You can use beans and lentils in a number of things, including soups, curries, chilli, dips, hummus, salads, falafels or burgers. Wholegrains including rice and oats Rice and beans together provide a complete protein source, explains Kelly.Wholegrains are cheap to buy and easy to cook with, so why not stock up on them?Kelly says: “The goodness is literally in these products as whole grain, before the processing, and so choosing brown or wild/coloured rice varieties unprocessed and the same with oats will provide B vitamins to support a healthy nervous system and energy production and lots of fibre.”Oats are an example of a wholegrain that contains protein and a range of antioxidants, as well as at least 4 nutrients named on the antidepressant food scale.Other wholegrains to try are include barley, rye, and millet.Garlic isn’t only good for scaring off vampires or giving you bad breath, it’s great for your health.Kelly says: “This powerful natural prebiotic is packed with zinc, an essential nutrient in immune health, and also one of the identified antidepressant nutrients.”Research backs up the humble onion genus species, suggesting that garlic improves anxiety and reduces stress.An easy way to cook with garlic is by adding it with some onions and other ingredients to make a soup.You can use garlic in a number of recipes, from stir fry, to pasta sauce, to curry.You could even use it in dips, like salsa, guacamole, and hummus.Peppers feature highly in the antidepressant nutrient profile, Kelly explains.This is because of their “high levels of vitamin C, A and E amongst a whole host of other antioxidants and compounds.”Kelly says: “Peppers are also suggested to reduce risk of certain cancers and eye disease due to the carotenoids including beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A), lutein and zeaxanthin found in these tasty veggies.”Bell peppers can be chopped up and eaten raw with hummus or another dip.Alternatively, you can roast them in the oven and serve with any dish or blitz up into a roasted pepper soup. How to live longer: Include this herb in your meals Who doesn’t love avocados?Avocados are known for being a healthy ‘superfood’ due to their high quantity of antioxidants.They’re also packed with an array of nutrients including protein, essential fats and carbohydrates, and fibre, explains Kelly.Avocados are actually classified as a prebiotic, meaning they induce the growth of beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.This means avocados encourage good bacteria on your gut to flourish, aiding your digestive system.What’s not to love? They’re also full of magnesium, […]

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Why eggs are essential for pregnant women

Why eggs are essential for pregnant women

Eggs are a staple that many people keep on hand even when they’re not dyeing them for Easter . Prepare them scrambled, sunnyside up or as an omelet and breakfast is ready in no time. They are also packed with protein and essential nutrients, making them perfect additions to a pregnant woman’s diet. An overlooked nutrient found in eggs is choline, which is extremely vital to a baby’s brain development and in the prevention of birth defects. According to Frances Largeman-Roth, registered dietician nutritionist and author of “Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide,” choline may even help your baby’s memory and ability to learn. Fortified foods like breakfast cereals – p_saranya/Shutterstock

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Slide 1 of 20: Fortified foods are extremely important for mamas-to-be. “Many women think they should be cutting these foods out of their diet because they have ‘too many carbs,’ but fortified foods contain folic acid and iron, two nutrients that are essential during pregnancy,” Largeman-Roth said. According to the CDC, folic acid can help prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine (spina bifida). Largeman-Roth suggests eating fortified breakfast cereals like Total Raisin Bran that have as much as 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per one-cup serving — pregnant women need to get between 600 and 800 mcg of the B-vitamin every day. You can get most of your day’s grains with a bowl of fortified cereal for breakfast, a lunchtime sandwich made with two slices of whole-wheat bread and whole-wheat pasta for dinner.

Pregnant women should consume at least 450 milligrams of choline daily, and an egg itself has 147. Along with choline, one egg contains 6 grams of protein and 0.8 milligrams of iron — and most of all, they require no time at all to cook , making them perfect for those extra-fatigued mornings.

Largeman-Roth said prenatal vitamins generally don’t contain much choline, so pregnant women need to adjust their diet to include foods like Brussels sprouts, wheat germ, soy foods and cauliflower.

When it comes time to eat for two, women need to make sure their diet provides an adequate amount of nutrients and energy for the baby to grow and to keep up with the changes that will occur in their own body. Along with eggs, here are the top foods pregnant women should definitely add to their diet.

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High Levels of Stress Prevent You Thinking Clearly

High Levels of Stress Prevent You Thinking Clearly

Almost everyone knows that stress is bad for their health. It does odd things to our bodies — it causes headaches, chest pains, fatigue, and digestive issues. The faster pace of life today means lots more stress for a lot of people.

That feeling you are overwhelmed, overloaded and struggling to cope with the demands of life has also been shown to take a toll on your thinking ability.

A study of more than 2,000 people, most of them in their 40s, found that participants with the highest levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol performed worse on tests of memory, organization, visual perception and attention.

Stress is the body’s natural defence against danger. It’s a ‘fight-or-flight response’ to anything that may harm us — physically or emotionally.

When your body perceives danger, it releases stress hormones (cortisol) to prepare systems to evade or confront danger.

When you’re stressed, cortisol levels increase which impacts your ability to think clearly. The stresses of daily our lives can take a toll on the brain for the worse. Stressful events and experiences throughout life can impact the brain decades later. But it’s never too early to be mindful of reducing stress.

Studies have shown that the stress hormone cortisol might be linked with degrading memory and poor thinking skills in middle-aged adults. “Stress absolutely affects memory,” says clinical psychologist and behaviorist Dr. Jennifer Guttman.

The journal Neurology says that people with higher levels of cortisol in their blood have impaired memories and lower brain volume.

“Cortisol affects many different functions so it is important to fully investigate how high levels of the hormone may affect the brain,” said study author Justin B. Echouffo-Tcheugui, MD, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

The study concluded that “Higher serum cortisol was associated with lower brain volumes and impaired memory in asymptomatic younger to middle-aged adults, with the association being evident particularly in women.”

Money, work and relationships are the biggest stressers, but anything that poses a real or perceived threat to your body can cause stress. It’s not uncommon to feel forgetful when you’re under a lot of stress.

An important point to take away from the study is that when challenges come your way, getting frustrated is counterproductive — not just to achieving your aims but also to your capacity to be productive.

By all means, take a chance on something you want. Your body can deal with short-burst of stress every now and then. “When someone is stressed, cortisol is released to help them get through that event as a chemical boost for survival,” says psychologist Dr Paul DePompo. Cortisol is important when it comes to keeping you alive. It’s necessary for life — it’s not all bad.

What you have to stay away from are the high levels of cortisol which can lead to short-term memory loss, or even worse mental or physical ill-health. Protecting Yourself From Damaging Stress

To reduce stress in your life, the authors of the effects of stress on the brain recommends incorporating relaxing activities into our lives.

Mr Echouffo-Tcheugui, who authored the study says, “Our research detected memory loss and brain shrinkage in middle-aged people before symptoms started to show, so it’s important for people to find ways to reduce stress, such as getting enough sleep, engaging in moderate exercise, incorporating relaxation techniques into their daily lives, or asking their doctor about their cortisol levels and taking a cortisol-reducing medication if needed.”

If you’re worried about the effects of stress on your brain, embrace regular physical activity — an important behaviour that can help maintain brain and body health.

Manage it before it gets to exhaustion , which leads to cognitive impairment that includes issues with attention and working memory. Identify and reduce stress triggers. Do more of what makes you calm.

“Within six months to a year, regular aerobic activity such as walking an hour a day five out of seven days a week not only makes the hippocampus larger and improves memory but also improves decision-making by improving blood flow..,” says Bruce McEwen, an Alfred E Mirsky professor of neurosciences and behaviour.

Many people don’t take stress seriously compared to physical health concerns, yet tress is a health issue that can do more harm over time. Manage it to improve your memory.

Even if you’ve been under a lot of stress in recent times, it’s not too late to do something about it. The brain has the capacity to repair itself.

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6 Ways to Uplift Your Brain Power and Mental Capacity

6 Ways to Uplift Your Brain Power and Mental Capacity

It’s never too late to start paying extra attention to your brain and mental health. Just like there are many steps you can take to improve our physical health, you can also adopt various lifestyle changes that can help maintain and enhance the health of your brain.

Taking good care of your mental wellness from a young age is the best defense against cognitive decline and various neurological disorders as you get older. There are many simple steps you can take to maintain sharp cognitive functions and boost your brainpower. You can start with the following tips: Get Adequate Good Night’s Sleep

Boosting mental power simply by sleeping? It may sound too good to be true, but the simple fact is that by ensuring you get enough sleep each night you can give your brain the time it needs to rest, detox and recharge itself.

Various studies indicate that a good night’s sleep can not only improve your memory, but can also improve mental clarity, which is why we often struggle to think and communicate when we don’t get enough sleep.

Various cognitive abilities can be impaired as a result of a lack of sleep, and it has been shown that sleep deprivation may contribute to memory loss and other serious mental disorders.

So if you want to keep your brain in top shape and be able to think clearly and process information quickly, make sure to get around eight hours of quality sleep each night. Exercise More Often

While it may seem odd that exercising your body can improve your brain function and fitness, it makes total sense when you consider the connection they share. Physical exercise promotes the release of certain chemicals in the brain that boost neural connectivity, which in turn leads to improved mental state and performance.

Furthermore, physical activity, like cardio exercises, not only lowers your blood pressure and improves your cardiovascular health, it also increases blood flow to your brain, providing it with fresh oxygen and nutrients needed for optimal brain function. Challenge Your Mind by Learning Something New

Yes, you can exercise your brain, and you don’t need any special equipment for it! You can do so by simply engaging in a mind-challenging activity.

Learning new things, such as picking up a second language or learning to play an instrument, is a proven way to promote mental sharpness. By challenging your brain, you encourage it to make new neural connections and strengthen its performance. Keep Stress at Bay

Stress is terrible for brain health due to hormones that the body produces when it is under stress. It has been shown that chronic stress can be harmful to neural connectivity and may increase the risk for developing mental disorders.

Try to reduce stress levels by practicing yoga or meditation, which are two natural and safe techniques many people use to manage stress and enhance mental abilities like focus, clarity, creativity, and memory. Look Into Brain Supplements

Many people would rather opt for shortcuts than do the hard work, and while there is no quick-fix alternative to the steps mentioned above, there are some supplements that may improve cognitive performance when used properly.

Numerous over-the-counter cognitive enhancers on the market promise to boost brain power. These include synthetic compounds as well as natural substances that typically have a mild brain-stimulating effect. But since most of these products are not regulated or medically approved, their marketed “benefits” usually lack any credible scientific evidence.

Some man-made cognitive enhancers — such as adrafinil, piracetam, noopept, etc. — have been studied as treatments for certain mental health problems, and while they have been shown to be useful in certain circumstances, they are not proven to enhance cognitive performance in healthy people as some manufacturers and vendors claim.

There are more natural supplements that are used to support mental capacity. For example, ashwagandha is one of the most popular medicinal herbs that people take to enhance both physical and mental power. Ginkgo biloba, bacopa, and lion’s mane mushroom are also widely used to boost memory and other cognitive functions.

These are just a few examples of the many supplements that consumers often learn about and purchase over the Internet. There are countless over-the-counter formulations touted as safe and effective brain boosters, however, the claims are often very tall with very little to no supporting scientific evidence. Feel free to do further research on this topic, and while you’re at it, you may want to check out Morris on Health which has some interesting articles on different types of cognitive enhancement supplements. Improve Your Diet

There are many aspects of a bad diet that can hinder brain function. Most people are probably unaware that many of the foods they eat on a daily basis may actually be slowly killing their brain!

One of the most infamous examples of brain-harmful foods is sugar. Not only is sugar bad for your physical health and fitness, it has also been linked to poor cognitive function, and may as well contribute to the development of dementia .

Try to cut back on sugary and processed foods and eat more fresh and nutritious foods that provide your brain with the right nutrients it needs to work properly while fighting back against oxidative stress and toxins.

There are many healthy foods that have been shown to improve brain health and power — just to name a few: fatty fish, blueberries, eggs, avocados, nuts and seeds, spinach, green tea and dark chocolate.

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12 Hobbies That Will Keep You Healthy, Engaged and Sane Right Now

12 Hobbies That Will Keep You Healthy, Engaged and Sane Right Now

With the coronavirus outbreak and self-isolation at home, a lot of us suddenly have a lot more free time on our hands. Now while COVID-19 is a serious issue, and we should all be practicing social distancing, we’re not immune to cabin fever. In fact, being stuck inside, coupled with constant news alerts, may have us going crazy. Thankfully, there are a few activities that can help pass the time, as well as protect our health. In fact, this is the perfect time to pick up new hobbies.

Instead of spending all your free time confined to your screen, scrolling through your timeline and Netflix library, you can choose instead to immerse yourself in new hobbies. According to a study published in the Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences Journal , hobbies can help to increase your happiness, as well as reduce boredom, stress levels as well as your heart rate. Additionally, hobbies can also boost your creativity and cognitive health. Now with that said, why don’t you take this opportunity that social distancing has provided you with and pick up one of the below-mentioned hobbies? Doing so won’t only help keep you occupied, but you’ll also reap plenty of health benefits. 1. Learn how to dance

If you have two left feet, this would be the perfect time to master your two-step.

An enjoyable pastime, dancing offers a wide range of health benefits and is easily accessible to everyone. In addition to being an excellent workout, dancing has also been found to improve balance and flexibility , reduce the risk of dementia as well as reduce stress and boost your happiness . Whichever form of dancing you’re looking to master, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily take some online dancing classes. In fact, dancers and choreographers are doing their best to keep people moving through online platforms like YouTube, Instagram Live and even Zoom, which is often reserved for business meetings. 2. Become a MasterChef

This is the perfect time to figure out how to cook better. It won’t only be a healthy financial decision, but learning how to cook and prepare your own meals is also a good thing for your health.

In fact, cooking your own meals makes you healthier, it can help you lose weight and it can even help you live longer. This is because when people prepare their own meals, they’re more conscious of what goes into it, opting for less processed and sugar ingredients in favor of more natural and nutritious options.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are healthy recipes you can try to master . 3. Pick up gardening

If you’ve never had much of a green thumb, this would be the perfect time to start gardening.

Believe it or not, gardening can provide a number of health benefits. In one case, research published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that gardening daily helps to decrease the risk of dementia by 36%. A separate study also found that gardening helps to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by at least 30% ( 1 ).

Gardening is a relaxing experience and if you’re lucky enough to have a patch of green space, then make the most of your free time. That said, you can also create an indoor garden or a vertical garden with shade-friendly plants. There are plenty of online tutorials that can help you master your green thumb. 4. Learn how to play an instrument

Yes, learning how to play an instrument can be quite difficult after a certain age, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. Also, you have some time to master your craft. Dusting off that old guitar or piano in the house and learning how to play them can help to boost your creative skills, as well as reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. It can also raise your IQ and improves eye-hand coordination and fine-motor skills.

You can find plenty of free tutorials and lessons on YouTube, and if you’re trying to master the guitar, the popular guitar company Fender Play is currently offering three free months on their app . 5. Become a yogi

If you’ve never been much of a yogi, or you just haven’t found the time to learn, then this would be the perfect time to pull out your yoga mat.

Yoga is one of the oldest practices in the world, and for good reason. It can improve your physical strength as well as your emotional and spiritual well being.

With more than 100 forms of yoga, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a firm that you’re comfortable with. As for where to start, there are a number of YouTube channels that focus solely on teaching yoga, as well as apps that encourage daily yoga practice at home . 6. Pick up a book

This is the perfect time to get through the reading list of yours. Whether it’s an eBook or paperback, reading is a productive hobby that can easily help you pass time and improve your health. In fact, reading can help to reduce stress, improve memory, improve sleep and boost brainpower. 7. Write it out

Be it journaling, blogging or just simple creative writing, this is the time to put pen to paper.

Writing isn’t just an outlet for self-expression, but it’s also been found to help strengthen your immune system, reduce stress and improve your memory, creativity as well as sleep. 8. Meditate

With the stressful impact that the news has on us, this is a hobby that you’ll find yourself doing more often than not.

Meditation is a great stress reliever that can ease your anxiety, and help you calm your thoughts and emotions. Additionally, meditation can also improve focus and memory, lower your blood pressure, and strengthen your immune system. If the current state of affairs is affecting your emotions and increasing your anxiety, you can learn how to meditate with apps like Headspace , Calm , and the UCLA Mindful App , […]

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5 Of The Best Supplements For Brain Fog

5 Of The Best Supplements For Brain Fog

Is your brain feeling a bit foggy? We all go through times when we aren’t operating on all cylinders, but without a sharp mind, there’s not much you can accomplish in life.

Whether you are a CEO, an office worker, a teacher, a student, or anything in between, the most powerful force you have is your fired-up brain.

However, many people find they don’t have the memory, mental clarity, focus, and concentration needed — even after a good night’s sleep — to be at their best.

Until recently, it was thought that there was not much to be done about these issues.

But fortunately, there is research and scientific evidence to suggest that some nootropics and brain supplements can help increase cognitive abilities.

With that said, there are plenty of snake oil salesmen out there hawking brain supplements that don’t do anything at all.

However, there are many that do provide brain-boosting benefits , and we want to help you find the best supplements for your needs. Best Supplement for Memory Qualia Mind Nootropics Best Brain Supplement for Mental Clarity Neuro-Peak Brain Support Supplement Best Budget Brain Supplement Havasu Nutrition Ginkgo Biloba Best Brain Supplement for Improved Cognition Vital Vitamins Nootropics Brain Booster Best Brain Supplement for Concentration Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom Capsules What Are Nootropics?

Nootropics are a class of drugs that act specifically on higher-level brain functions. These supplements may aid in working memory, learning, and improve cognitive functions while protecting the brain from toxicity.

Many nootropics are familiar substances that have been used in brain-boosting supplements for decades, like ginseng, caffeine, Ginkgo Biloba, B-complex vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

Others are less familiar, like methylphenidate, modafinil, piracetam, and levodopa.

Many of these compounds have not been extensively studied or scientifically proven.

Yet some seem to have positive effects on working memory, attention, and cognition, although we don’t yet understand exactly how or why.

Like many supplements, they are not regulated for effectiveness by the FDA, so there is a high frequency of overblown or misleading marketing claims. Benefits of Brain Supplements and Nootropics

You might be wondering about the benefits of brain supplements and nootropics. There are many positive reasons to give these supplements a try. The Best Supplements for Brain Fog: Reviews of 5 Products

Here are some of the best nootropics and brain supplements available on Amazon. Let’s take a closer look at each one. Best Supplement for Memory

Qualia Mind Nootropics is a brain supplement designed to provide users with a variety of mental and cognitive benefits. This brain supplement is backed by scientific evidence and research.

This product has the power to boost various mental functions such as focus and concentration, mental clarity, cognitive performance, problem-solving, and memory. Simply put, the makers of this is a supplement claim it can help your mind work faster and better.

Qualia Mind Nootropics brain supplement can also help regulate mood swings, allowing for a much more positive mental state overall.

On that same note, this supplement also helps promote more energy throughout the day. It supports clean energy with no big bursts or crashes, just a steady supply throughout the day.

Qualia Mind Nootropics does contain a wide variety of ingredients ranging from vitamins and minerals to extracts of various plants and seeds. This product is made with carefully sourced ingredients that are all-natural.

T brain supplement does not contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, plus it is also vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free as well.

Qualia Mind Nootropics brain supplement comes with a 100-day money-back guarantee, just in case you are not happy with it, which is important because it is not cheap.

Pros

Cons Best Brain Supplement for Mental Clarity

Neuro-Peak is another great brain supplement intended to provide users with a range of mental and cognitive benefits. This particular brain supplement is designed to help provide mental clarity and focus.

Neuro-Peak is designed to support oxygen circulation to the brain. To accomplish this, there are some really high-quality ingredients used, such as vitamin B12, bacopa monnieri, ginkgo biloba, and rhodiola rosea.That said, there is not much information about whether or not this product is all-natural, organic, non-GMO, or vegan.It can also help increase memory, helping you remember better and faster. This supplement is also shown to assist with mood regulation, to help decrease mood swings and feel happier overall. On that same note, this product also claims to help reduce stress and anxiety.You may like Neuro-Peak because you just need to take a single daily dose, and a single bottle includes 30 capsules. This is one of the more affordable brain supplements, although it does not come with any kind of money-back guarantee. Pros Cons Best Budget Brain Supplement Havasu Nutrition Ginkgo Biloba Brain supplements and nootropics can be very expensive, but they don’t have to be, as is shown by the Havasu Nutrition Ginkgo Biloba & Phosphatidylserine Brain Supplement.It is one of the more affordable and cost-effective options on the market today. It comes with enough capsules for a full 60 days.This supplement is designed to increase various cognitive functions safely and naturally such as memory, clarity, focus, concentration, and more.The creators of this brain supplement claim it also helps provide a bit of clean energy without a crash hours later.As the name implies, there are two main ingredients included in this formula which are pure and natural — ginkgo biloba and phosphatidylserine.Havasu Nutrition Ginkgo Biloba & Phosphatidylserine Brain Supplement is gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly too. This brain supplement is made in the US, and it has been tested by a third-party lab. Pros Cons More Related Articles: 10 Ways To Relax Your Mind How To Become Smarter: 19 Simple Actions To Boost Your Brain Power Best Brain Supplement for Improved Cognition This Vital Vitamins Nootropics Brain Booster is another highly-rated, top-notch brain supplement to keep in mind. Although it is popular, it is also quite cost-effective.Although this is one of the less-expensive options, it does come with a fairly generous supply. It features a 60-day, money-back guarantee, just in case you are […]

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Why watching comedies is ‘important medicine’

Why watching comedies is 'important medicine'

Chicken Lady (Mark McKinney) from the sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall. (Broadway Video/CBC Still Photo Collection) Are comedies good for us? How does watching a comedy affect our mental and physical health?

For answers, we turn to psychologists and experts in the media, health and wellness, and psychotherapy fields. A complex visceral response

Because there are a lot of different types of humour — from wordplay and self-deprecation to slapstick and dark humour — the way comedies and humour register in our brain can vary, making the neuronal activity in response to it very complex, explains media psychologist Dr. Pamela B. Rutledge , director of the Media Psychology Research Center in California as well as faculty in the media psychology program at Fielding Graduate University.

She says that multiple brain regions, including both cognitive and affective components, are involved in identifying the social disconnect that makes something funny.

“Cognition is necessary to ‘get’ the joke, and emotion is involved in enjoying humour and producing the visceral responses — such as smiling or laughter.”

Different regions of the brain are activated depending on the type of humour it’s processing. “For example, the frontal lobe, to process the information; the areas that draw on learned experience and direct motor activities, such as laughter; and the emotional center to evaluate pleasure and trigger the reward that comes from the punchline.”

This means Alexis’ famous exclamation “Ew, David!” from Schitt’s Creek registers the same way as Appa’s “OK, see you!” from Kim’s Convenience . (CBC Comedy) While an absurdist Kids in the Hall sketch might light up different circuits in the brain. (CBC Comedy) “Research, however, has been unable to definitely chart these neural pathways,” adds Dr. Rutledge. The effects on mental and physical health

The mechanics of our brains are beyond intriguing but can watching comedies like Schitt’s Creek , Workin’ Moms or Kim’s Convenience be that special mental or physical remedy? Is laughter really the best medicine?

Dr. Joti Samra , clinic founder of Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych & Associates in B.C. and CEO and founder of MyWorkplaceHealth.com , thinks that it’s not necessarily the best medicine.

“It’s an important medicine,” she says. “The reality is that we know if we’re getting clinical depression or anxiety or insomnia, we need other kinds of treatments. So, laughter alone isn’t going to solve it but it is one of the ones that is the most accessible to us on a day-to-day basis.”

“What we know is that comedy and uplifting content really do have a lot of positive impacts on our emotional health and also our physiology.”

If we look at adaptive coping, she continues, through watching comedy we can keep perspective, add some lightness and have that air of gratitude because it can poke light at something and instill a positive emotion.

Dr. Shira Gabriel , an associate professor of psychology at SUNY, University at Buffalo, also agrees that comedy lightens the mood and can provide a space where the worries we have and everything that is going on around us in this world don’t exist.

Providing further details, Dr. Rutledge explains: “Humour, when it’s actually funny, has social and physical benefits: laughter releases neurotransmitters responsible for your happiness, such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins.”

“The release of these chemicals in response to humour decreases stress, diminishes pain and in the process strengthens the immune system.”

Dr. Samra agrees saying that just the physical act of smiling leads to the release of those exact positive feel good hormones in our brains which she calls the “natural antidepressants.”

ScienceDaily reported that in a 2008 study published by the American Physiological Society researchers found that even the mere anticipation of laughter lowered the levels of three stress hormones. Cortisol (the stress hormone), epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and dopac (brain chemical which helps produce epinephrine) were reduced by 39, 70 and 38 percent respectively.

This in turn creates a relaxed environment for both the mind and the body, eliminating negative emotions and changing our brain activity toward gamma frequency which also increases memory recall.

In light of that, may we suggest a natural relaxer like Baroness von Sketch Show !?

Or a memory enhancer like Schitt’s Creek !?

The use of humour can enable people to not only decrease negative emotion but distance themselves from adversity and hardship, says Dr. Rutledge, adding: “If you consider that positive emotions fuel optimism, efficacy and resilience, then it makes sense that humour can contribute to overcoming challenges.”

A few studies corroborate that theory, including a 2017 study in the Journal of Dental and Medical Research, where humour therapy was performed on 40 patients undergoing hemodialysis (treatment for advanced kidney failure).

The study, on patients who listened to 30 minutes of comic shows twice a week over an eight-week period, concluded that humour therapy can in fact reduce blood pressure in hemodialysis patients. Hint hint: Baroness von Sketch Show episodes are approximately that length.

Dr. Gabriel expands on it and says: “Mental health and physical health are very tied into one another.”

For example, during laughter, the amount of our T-cells and B-cells dramatically increases. This is important because the sole purpose of these cells is to find and destroy viruses and tumours in our bodies.

The purpose of humour is enjoyment and positive emotions, says Dr. Rutledge, however, positive emotions vary from hedonistic responses, such as happy surprise, to more meaning-based responses that might trigger self-reflection and feelings of social validation.Humour also plays a big role in social communication and the most complex type of humour requires the ability to process social/emotional content, says Dr. Rutledge, relying, in part, on our ability to mentalize or understand the mental states of others.Just like empathy (an ability to understand the emotional state or mood of others) she says that these are essential skills for successful interpersonal relationships. ‘You don’t want to become a slug in front of a TV’ Though there seems to be a consensus around the point that there is no such thing as too much laughter, the psychologists all […]

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If You’re Looking for a Brain Boost, Nootropics Are Better Than Caffeine Alone

If You’re Looking for a Brain Boost, Nootropics Are Better Than Caffeine Alone

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A lot of bloggers and social influencers talk about nootropics, or smart drugs, as though they are something totally new. But that’s actually not the case. Some nootropics , such as caffeine and l-theanine, have been around for millennia. What’s different today is that scientists know a lot more about how the brain works. As a result, they are not only discovering new nootropic compounds, but also figuring out which ones work best together. And this new knowledge is helping innovative companies like TruBrain create incredible new cognitive nutrition supplements .

TruBrain was founded a few years ago by a former Unilever executive and a team of UCLA neuroscientists who wanted to help regular people be the best possible versions of themselves. To accomplish this goal they created Brain Food, a scientifically formulated blend of nootropic compounds that has been clinically proven to enhance verbal fluency and improve both memory and learning.

Like a lot of other nootropic supplements, Brain Food contains the so-called “ everyman stack ” of caffeine and l-theanine, a combo humans have been taking for thousands of years in the form of green tea. Caffeine, of course, is a central nervous system stimulant that increases alertness and energy by blocking the neurological receptors for drowsiness. L-theanine, meanwhile, is an amino acid that produces a sense of calm and relaxation and is especially effective in soothing nervousness and jitters that come with caffeine. Numerous studies have shown rather conclusively that, when taken together, caffeine and l-theanine can improve mental performance, alertness, and mood.

Of course, it would have been easy for TruBrain to throw in a few more vitamins and call it a day. That’s what a lot of other supplement companies do. But with Brain Food, TruBrain wasn’t just looking to wake your brain up. They were looking to actively promote the biological conditions necessary for peak mental performance.

How’d they do that? TruBrain In addition to caffeine and l-theanine to promote alertness and focus, Brain Food also contains noopept. Noopept is a synthetic nootropic molecule that does two very important things. First, it increases blood flow to the brain. This enhances neuroplasticity, which is a brain cell’s ability to build new neural connections. The more neural connections in your brain, the higher your brain function. Second, noopept makes acetylcholine receptors in the brain more receptive to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This makes communication between neurons faster and more efficient.

Because your brain needs energy for all this enhanced neurotransmission, Brain Food also contains a high impact dose of the raw nutrients that your attention system burns for fuel. These raw nutrients include magnesium, a key mineral that an estimated 90 percent of people are deficient in; tyrosine, an amino acid that plays a vital role in communication between brain cells; carnitine, which helps neurons break down glucose and fatty acids for fuel; and citicoline, which is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. TruBrain TruBrain’s revolutionary blend of nootropics comes in 1oz liquid shots with a refreshing tropical flavor profile. These shots are available in quantities of 20, 30, and 60. Discounts of 10, 20, and 30 percent are available when you subscribe and pre-pay for three, six, and 12 months respectively. New subscribers also get an additional 10 percent off their first order.

Of course, the million dollar question is, does this stuff actually work?

Brain Food has been shown by third party clinical trials and EEG brainwave analysis to boost high alpha brain waves, which are indicators of an increased ability to focus, enhanced verbal fluency, as well as improved memory and learning. What that means in plain English is that, if you’re looking for something that can help you focus, think, remember, and create better—and caffeine just isn’t cutting it—you should probably give Brain Food a try .

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Mental health checklist: 6 daily habits to boost your mood instantly

Mental health checklist: 6 daily habits to boost your mood instantly

If you’re struggling with your mental health, you’re not alone. One in four people in the UK experience mental health problems each year. And worries about things like money and jobs can make it harder for people to cope.

According to the NHS , this includes conditions such as anxiety (5.9 per cent), depression (3.3 per cent) and post traumatic stress disorder (4.4 per cent).

Support is available . However, if you feel your mood starting to dip and need a pick-me-up, there are a few things you can do for yourself to give your mental health a boost.

We talk to Dr Natasha Bijlani, Consultant Psychiatrist at Priory Group , about the things you can tick these off your daily checklist to help you feel stronger and face the day ahead. Eat

Obviously, a healthy diet is important if you want to feel good about how your body looks on the outside, but nutrition can also play a vital role in how you feel on the inside. While mental health is traditionally thought of as emotionally-rooted, what you eat is now thought to play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression.

Depressed people tend to skip meals or select sugary junk foods which are thought to contribute to low mood. “Healthy eating habits contribute to optimal body function including brain processes and performance,” says Dr Bijlani. “All of us must have noticed how our mood, enthusiasm and energy levels slump when we skip meals or haven’t eaten enough.”

As outlined in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry , ensuring that you follow a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals alongside plenty of water can contribute to a balanced mood, so aim to eat well every single day. Photo credit: Claudia Totir – Getty Images Chat

When you’re depressed , the first instinct is often to retreat inwards and isolate yourself, rather than reach out to friends and ask for help. If you’re feeling down you might find yourself withdrawing from friends and family.

“Loneliness can contribute to quite serious mental ill health,” says Dr Bijlani. “Talking allows us to “share” our emotions and experiences, we gain and give support to each other and we can feel part of a community and be connected to each other.” Photo credit: MARCO BERTORELLO – Getty Images Studies have also shown that socialising alters brain activity which decreases stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms and supports calm and happy feelings. If you are feeling down, now is the time to get in touch your friends, make new ones or put yourself in situations where you will be surrounded by others. If you can’t see them in person, pick up the phone or try video calling them. Sleep

The importance of a good night’s sleep is common knowledge these days. But the two-thirds of Brits who reportedly suffer with sleep-related problems on a regular basis might not realise that sleep deprivation also plays a vital role in your mental health too.

Insomnia is generally regarded as a symptom of depression, but new research suggests that lack of sleep may actually be a cause of it. “Poor sleep or oversleeping can also affect mood, energy and concentration levels alongside very many adverse physical consequences,” says Dr Bijlani.

The good news is researchers found that treating insomnia with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could reduce mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and paranoia. Keep regular sleeping hours and aim to get a healthy amount each night to keep your mental health in check. Move

Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise should convince you that fitness is one of the fundamental elements of good mental health. Research suggests that exercise and physical activity are associated with better quality of life and positive mental health outcomes to boot.

“Mental health is inextricably linked with physical health and the old saying “a healthy body leads to a healthy mind” may not have been originally derived as a result of a sound evidence, as modern science demands, but is definitely true and has been proven many times since,” says Dr Bijlani.

“Exercise or any physical activity is also very important in mental as well as physical wellbeing,” adds Dr Bijlani. “We release endorphins (natural “feel good” hormones) when we are physically active and regular exercising can be immensely helpful in boosting mood and maintaining a sense of well-being. Activity increases circulation, improves stamina and fitness.”

The documented benefits of fitness go beyond mood. “Engaging in regular exercise allows for some structure into one’s day and can provide relief from work and other pressures,” explains Dr Bijlani. “There are added benefits of companionship and team work in group sporting activities.” Get outside

A breath of fresh air in the great outdoors can work wonders for your mental health. A recent study found that walking in woodland contributed to decreased levels of anxiety and bad moods, and another found that outdoor walks helped with major depressive disorder.

“There is growing acceptance that exercising outdoors, especially in “nature” surroundings rather than built up urban spaces is significantly advantageous,” says Dr Bijlani. “It is thought that there is an especially calming feel of greenery and nature.” Photo credit: Harper’s Bazaar Walking in nature has also been found to boost memory more than urban environments and in another study , researchers found a decrease in both the heart rates and cortisol levels of of participants who spent time in the forest compared to the city.

We also know that keeping a good vitamin D level boosts our mood so getting outside has the added bonus of topping this up. Read guidelines here as to whether you need to take a supplement and try and make sure you have plenty of vitamin D containing foods in your diet. Hug

Everyone likes a hug. However, did you know that, like eating, sleeping and breathing, physical contact is a fundamental part of human nature? According to research, regularly touching people promotes emotional wellbeing in everyone from babies to […]

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