Boost your mood with these 10 natural supplements

Boost your mood with these 10 natural supplements

( Natural News ) Are you feeling down and depressed? Try taking one of these natural supplements to boost the serotonin levels in your brain, thereby improving your mood and providing protection from the onset of certain mental disorders. Amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that produce serotonin Tryptophan is an amino acid that is found in protein-rich foods but best taken as a supplement. As the precursor of serotonin, it will be directly converted into the neurotransmitter. 5-HTP is taken from the African shrub Griffonia simplicifolia . It is good for boosting mood, but should only be taken for short periods of time and never alongside tryptophan. SAM-e can be found in every cell of your body. As a supplement, it increases the amount of important chemicals in your brain, including serotonin. Many vitamins contribute to the production of serotonin. Vitamin B6 helps turn tryptophan and 5-HTP into serotonin; folic acid and vitamin B12 increase the effectiveness of SAM-e; vitamin C is required for the creation of other mood-related neurotransmitters, and vitamin D oversees the efficient synthesis of tryptophan . A pair of minerals are also key to improving serotonin balance. Magnesium regulates the nervous system, while zinc supports numerous brain functions. (Related: What you need to know about serotonin supplements .) Delicious food-based brain boosters Certain foods can help increase serotonin levels. Consuming enough of these healthy foods will not only ensure sufficient amounts of the neurotransmitter, but also provide additional health benefits associated with the food. 100% organic essential oil sets now available for your home and personal care, including Rosemary, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clary Sage and more, all 100% organic and laboratory tested for safety. A multitude of uses, from stress reduction to topical first aid. See the complete listing here , and help support […]

How to Boost Your Creativity by Training Your Memory.

How to Boost Your Creativity by Training Your Memory.

How to Boost Your Creativity by Training Your Memory. When you train your memory, you automatically train your creative thinking skills!. Ravi Shankar Rajan Apr 8 Image Credits: unsplash.com Aaron Burden What is common between Pablo Picasso, Johannes Kepler, and Elon Musk? · They are Powerful Innovators. · They are all quick learners and had exceptional memories to process the information across multiple disciplines. And it seems that having an exceptional memory ( read photographic memory ) is somehow linked to having great creative thinking skills. Let us explore further. When the famous saint, Swami Vivekananda, was living in Chicago, USA, he used to go to the library, borrow large volumes of books, take them home and return them the next day. After some time, the librarian became curious and asked him, “ Why do you take out so many books when you can’t possibly read them all in one day?” Swami Vivekananda replied that he read each and every page of every book. The librarian could not believe it, and so Swami Vivekananda asked her to test him. She opened a book, selected a page and paragraph, and asked him to tell her what was written there. Swami Vivekananda repeated the sentence exactly as it was written in the book, without looking at it. The librarian was astounded and did more tests. Each time Swami Vivekananda repeated the exact words written in the book. Later the librarian discovered that Swami Vivekananda had a photographic memory. He did not have to read books. His eyes, his mind, would capture the image on the page, and whenever he wished, he could just recall a book, a page, a sentence. That was the capacity of his brain and mind. That brings us to the pertinent question. Does photographic memory really exist? […]

Grow New Adult Brain Cells By Doing These 6 Things

Grow New Adult Brain Cells By Doing These 6 Things

For a long time, it was believed that the adult brain couldn’t generate new brain cells. You were born with a certain amount of brain cells, and that was it. As you age, you naturally start to lose brain cells. So, basically, that means that after you hit twenty-five, it all goes downhill in terms of brain function. The good news is that scientists have now shown that growing new brain cells, or neurogenesis, is possible for adults. In this process, new brain cells or neurons are created in the hippocampus. This region of the brain is responsible for storing long-term information, learning, and regulating emotions. Here are six things you can do to encourage neurogenesis and help grow new adult brain cells: Get plenty of sleep Try intermittent fasting Follow a healthy diet Indulge in dark chocolate Get moving Exercise your brain Can You Grow New Adult Brain Cells? While the vast majority of brain cells are formed in the womb, research done over the last couple of decades suggests at least one part of the brain continues to create new cells through a person’s lifespan. Studies found that cells in the hippocampus while continually dying were quickly being replaced by new ones. Further research suggests that there are factors that can stimulate as well as inhibit the process of neurogenesis. Several elements can impact this process from natural progressions such as aging and oxidative stress to lifestyle choices such as eating a diet high in sugar and saturated fats. The right environment is essential in encouraging neurogenesis and the formation of new brain cells. How to Grow New Brain Cells Get Plenty of Sleep Taking steps to take care of the brain cells you already have is important in the growth of new cells. Unsurprisingly, not getting […]

5 All-Natural Solutions for Improving Long-Term Memory

5 All-Natural Solutions for Improving Long-Term Memory

Has your memory been slipping a bit lately? Are you forgetting where you put your keys more often these days? Or maybe you’re struggling to remember names around the office. A little bit of forgetfulness happens to the best of us. But when 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, these lapses in memory can be a bit more foreboding. Luckily, there are a number of natural methods that can keep your memory sharp even as your age keeps climbing. If you’re interested in improving long term memory, read on! Use It Or Lose It The human brain is about 60% fat . But it operates a lot like a muscle. And like a muscle, it gets stronger the more you use it. Also like a muscle, if you don’t use it, it atrophies. There are many different types of cells in the brain, each with a different purpose. These cells are in a constant state of dying and replicating. But when you stop exercising certain parts of your brain, those cells start to replicate at a lower rate. For example, studies have shown that individuals with hearing loss that wait to get hearing aids see a decrease in auditory receptors in the brain . And it looks like other brain functions operate the same way. Stay in the habit of exercising your mind to stimulate your brain. Read books. Play the daily crossword or other puzzle games . The more you push your brain, the more resilient it becomes. Give Yourself Leisure Time While it’s important to give your brain plenty of work to keep it sharp, it’s just as important to give it time off. This might be bad news if you’re a workaholic. Giving your brain problems can keep it strong, but obsessing over those […]

Is this the best ‘superfruit’ ever? How just one banana a day can improve your mood, boost FIVE essential nutrients and heal your gut

Is this the best 'superfruit' ever? How just one banana a day can improve your mood, boost FIVE essential nutrients and heal your gut

While many turn to goji berries, quinoa and green tea for their daily dose of ‘superfood’ goodness, it turns out the humble banana could be the ultimate choice. The fruit, dubbed the ‘perfect long-lasting energy snack’ by dietitians across Australia, is packed full of natural carbohydrates and contains five nutrients essential for the body. From mood boosting benefits to the ability to improve your gut health, these are the reasons why you should be swapping out your sugary afternoon snacks for a banana pronto. The fruit, dubbed the ‘perfect long-lasting energy snack’ by dietitians across Australia, is packed full of natural carbohydrates and contains five nutrients essential for the body The fruit, dubbed the ‘perfect long-lasting energy snack’ by dietitians across Australia, is packed full of natural carbohydrates and contains five nutrients essential for the body 1. They can help to heal your gut While fermented foods like kombucha and kimchi can aid in digestion and balance the good bacteria in your gut, bananas have a similar power – and they’re a cheaper alternative. ‘Unripened green bananas are one of the richest natural sources of resistant starch, which is a super nutrient for our gut,’ dietitian Susie Burrell wrote on her blog . ‘So if your tummy is giving you troubles, add a little unripe banana into your yoghurt or smoothie for a natural dose of prebiotics.’ 2. They are linked to a reduced risk of developing some diseases While there is very little data that looks specifically at how foods can effect our long time health, when it comes to bananas the figures look particularly hopeful. ‘Dietary patterns linking a high intake of fruits and vegetables repeatedly shows that consuming 7-10 serves of fruits and vegetables per day is linked to a reduced risk of developing some types […]

Nootropic Adrafinil Stack Review: Should You Take It?

Nootropic Adrafinil Stack Review: Should You Take It?

Today is just one of the many important days of your life. Three years ago, you started law school. It was a love-hate relationship between you and your chosen career path. Love because you’re passionate about studying the constitution and you’re strict at following and implementing laws. You’re an ultra-organized person, too. For you, laws are important because without it, the world would be in chaos. Hate because profs seem to hate you all the time. Why do they always pick you at the wrong time to recite in class? Why do they always pick your name on times you didn’t read that 100-page digest more thoroughly than you should? Ugh. And they put you to shame when your line of reasoning sounds “stupid” to them. You got used to it anyway. Law school is not for the sensitive kind of people. It isn’t for the faint-hearted ones either. Hate because you’ve never really memorized that one single problematic republic act and its sections. You hate it because you need it for your mind-wrecking exam tomorrow. But it seems that the constitution has never learned to love you. How you dread what would become of you after the bar exam in the future. It’s either you pass, get your brain cells dried and damaged or both. Just when you thought you can’t improve your cognitive function any further, someone introduced you a nootropic a.k.a. smart drug. Now you’re caught between the decision to either ignore it or give it a try. You may want to read this article to help you decide. What is a Nootropic? As mentioned, a nootropic is a kind of drug that aims to improve certain aspects of cognitive function. The word “nootropic” itself has a Greek word origin that literally means to “shape the […]

Your definitive guide to studying like a boss

Your definitive guide to studying like a boss

It’s test season, and you’ve been at Club Anschutz for hours. You had a crunchy chicken cheddar wrap and waffle fries for lunch, followed by several liters of mediocre coffee. The fluorescent light bulb flickering above is giving you a headache–or is it from the coffee? The frat daddies sitting at the table next to you won’t stop talking the pregame they’re having this weekend. Your groufit is littered with stains. You’re tired. You’re giving up hope. We’ve all been there. Everyone has their “spot,” their favorite study snacks, their go-to coffee shop. You might think you have it figured out, but it’s time for some new study habits — before yours become too “sacred.” Here’s the expert scoop on the best bites, beverages and backdrops for studying. Get the most out of your study snacks: Dark chocolate — Find Ritter Sport for $3.50 at Au Marche, The European Market, 931 Mass. St. Who doesn’t need a sweet treat while cramming for an exam? When choosing something like a candy bar, make sure you’re opting for dark chocolate over milk chocolate. According to Heather Fiore, a registered dietitian at Free State Nutrition, the flavanols in dark chocolate can increase vascular function and lower blood pressure. That means there’s more blood flowing to your brain after eating it. So, having a few bites of dark chocolate can help you relax when you’re feeling stressed. Edamame — Find it salted or spicy for $3.50 at Tokyo Sushi, 619 Mass. St. If you’re the kind of studier who likes to munch, grab a handful of edamame. An article from Johns Hopkins Medicine says soy beans like edamame contain folates, which contribute to levels of serotonin, putting you in a better mood. They also contain magnesium that can decrease headaches and migraines, so […]

Wikipedia’s assault on scientific progress: The case of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

Wikipedia’s assault on scientific progress: The case of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake

( Natural News ) Wikipedia, the brainchild of Jimmy Wales, is supposed to be an objective source of knowledge. Every entry is expected to be researched and written with a sense of balance, fairness, and accuracy and supported with reliable references. However, for users who rely upon Wikipedia as their primary source for information, there is no way of knowing if articles reflect Wikipedia’s stated standards. (Article republished from PRN.fm ) Over the years, we have heard multiple complaints from experts with impeccable professional credentials who have been viciously attacked on their Wikipedia biographies. Some have had their reputations seriously stained and even destroyed, yet there is no viable channel for them to receive due process. Wales keeps his Wikimedia Foundation hermetically sealed from the encyclopedia that serves as the battleground for an army of volunteer editors. We have been performing our own in depth investigations to determine the accuracy of these individuals’ claims of Wikipedia victimization. During the past year, we have spoken with present and past Wikipedia editors, former employees, and international celebrities who have been victimized on Wikipedia. All of these speak of the problems they encounter with Wikipedia’s editorial structure in their efforts to remove false, misleading and derogatory information from their personal biographical pages or from pages dealing with certain topics, such as medicine and health. Making even a minor successful change can often take well over a year, if it happens at all. If even one of these accusations is accurate, it presents a problem. If all of these complaints are accurate, it represents a dangerous scandal that is systemic throughout the Wikipedia platform. The results of our independent research, which are carefully documented and legally vetted, indicate Wikipedia’s ostensibly open-access editorial policy is in fact one of the largest conspiracies on the […]

Eating raw garlic helps prevent age-related memory loss

Eating raw garlic helps prevent age-related memory loss

The natural compound found in garlic, allyl sulfide, improves the health of bacteria in the stomach and also improve cognitive health in the elderly. (Reuters file photo) Washington: Eating raw garlic could help prevent age-related memory loss suffered by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, according to a new study. The natural compound found in garlic, allyl sulfide, improves the health of bacteria in the stomach and also improve cognitive health in the elderly. US scientists found the compound restores trillions of microorganisms, also known as gut microbiota, in the intestine. Dr. JyotirMaya Behera at the University of Louisville in Kentucky said: "Our findings suggest that dietary administration of garlic containing allyl sulfide could help maintain healthy gut microorganisms and improve cognitive health in the elderly." Co-author Dr Neetu Tyagi added: "The diversity of the gut microbiota is diminished in elderly people, a life stage when neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s develop and memory and cognitive abilities can decline. We want to better understand how changes in the gut microbiota relate to ageing-associated cognitive decline." The team tested the theory on 24-month-old mice, an age which correlates to humans aged between 56 to 69-years-old. The rodents were given allyl sulfide and compared to mice who were younger and the same age and not given the garlic compound. The results revealed that the older mice who ate the supplement showed better long-term and short-term memory as well as a healthier gut compared to the other rodents who suffered impaired spatial memory. Further research found that allyl sulfide preserved a gene expression of neuronal-derived natriuretic factor (NDNF) in the brain which is crucial for long-term and short-term memory. The team plan to further investigate how restored gut bacteria can prevent age-related memory loss and if garlic could even be used as […]

Ask your doctor before popping that ‘cognitive enhancement’ pill FTC cracks down on sellers of questionable supplements

Ask your doctor before popping that 'cognitive enhancement' pill FTC cracks down on sellers of questionable supplements

The FTC just settled charges against four people and a dozen businesses that sold bottles of “cognitive enhancement” supplements through a collection of websites, including fake news websites. (File stock photo) When I was young, I wanted the shoes that would make me run faster and jump higher. Now, I wish my brain would run a little faster when I can’t remember my account passwords. Unfortunately, some shady outfits have been trying to “help” people like me by making some mind-blowing claims to sell their dietary supplements. The FTC just settled charges against four people and a dozen businesses that sold bottles of “cognitive enhancement” supplements through a collection of websites, including fake news websites. The FTC says the defendants falsely claimed Geniux, Xcel, EVO, and Ion-Z could increase users’ focus, concentration, IQ, and brainpower. The settlement bans them from making false or unsupported health claims and requires them to pay over $600,000. According to the FTC, the defendants didn’t have proof that Geniux can increase concentration by 312 percent, boost brainpower by up to 89.2 percent, and enhance memory recall. They made these claims on websites designed to look like real news sites and featuring false claims that Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking got dramatic results from Geniux. The FTC also says that customers — who paid up to $57 per bottle — couldn’t get a promised 100% money back guarantee. If you’re considering a dietary supplement, remember: the government doesn’t review or evaluate supplements for safety or effectiveness before they’re put on the market. Your health care professional is the most important person to ask whether a supplement is safe for you. Even a natural supplement can be risky depending on your health and the medicine you take. If you see an ad with claims […]