The best herbs for better brain function
Herbs and the Brain - BrainMore Tonic
Looking After the Brain Mentally and Nutritionally
There are herbal medicines that are known by herbal practitioners to help improve brain function. It is well established that foods containing a variety of phytochemicals, including phytochemicals with antioxidant properties, may offer greater protection against, or reverse mental decline associated with age-related disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Oxidative stress may be a key factor in both, recent findings suggest. Research also finds that supplemental doses of ginkgo biloba and other herbal antioxidants are more useful than individual nutrients, hence the multi-herbal health tonic called BrainMore Tonic. Antioxidants are found in fruit and vegetables. They slow brain aging. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables may help prevent age-related mental decline, according to a US study published in the Journal of Neuroscience. It has been shown that an antioxidant-rich diet improves memory and slows the decline in nerve cell functions important in movement than a standard diet. "Our results show that these foods, particularly chlorophyll-rich foods, are beneficial in retarding age-related central nervous system and cognitive behavioral deficits," said lead author Dr. James Joseph of the US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts.
A Unique Combination
of antioxidant medicinal herbs and fruits have been formulated in this tonic brain remedy for the following reasons:
Reversing Cognitive Decline
"Nutritional intervention with fruits and vegetables play an important role in protecting against and possibly reversing the cognitive declines seen from aging," Joseph added in a statement released by the publisher of the journal, the Society for Neuroscience.
"Free radical destruction is thought to be a contributing factor to the decline in memory and motor performance seen in aging."Fruit and vegetables are key sources of antioxidants, nutrients that disarm harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals - the undesirable byproducts of various metabolic functions - damage cells. Over time, this damage, called oxidative damage or oxidative stress, is believed to play a leading role in certain diseases and age-related changes. Although the body also produces antioxidants, over time production declines. "The brain may be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of free radicals because it is relatively deficient in antioxidants to begin with," Joseph said in a press statement. "Free radical destruction is thought to be a contributing factor to the decline in memory and motor performance seen in aging."
Tests to Prove Herbal Antioxidants
To determine whether an increase in antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable consumption might offset these age-related declines in antioxidant production, and their consequences, Joseph and colleagues did tests with an array of "phytochemicals," or plant chemicals, found in foods and herbs, that have anti-oxidant properties.
Various tests designed to measure brain and mental functioning showed that the diets supplemented with greens saw the fewest age-related declines, followed by those fed fruit extract. Vitamin E also helped slow mental decline over time, but not to the same extent, Joseph and colleagues report. "Thus, phytochemicals present in antioxidant-rich foods, may be beneficial in retarding functional age-related central nervous system and cognitive behavioural deficits," they conclude. Specially formulated BrainMore Tonic taken daily will serve admirably to help offset free radicals and subsequent mental decline. You may also like to rotate BrainMore with AgeLess Tonic day to day or week to week for even more benefit.
To help the brain there needs to be a unique blend of herbal anti-oxidants. Taken on a low dose long-term basis the results are sure. One of the nicer tasting herbal remedies!
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Reference: The Journal of Neuroscience 1998;18.
Chocolate is good for your brain
A study of more than 1000 people in New York State has led to a new finding about chocolate. People who eat chocolate at least once a week tend to perform better in cognitive tests than those who do not eat chocolate. It is thought that the favonols in cocoa increase blood flow to the brain, and the methylxanthines improve concentration levels. As refined white sugar is so bad for you it is recommended that only 85% or higher dark cholcolate be eaten. Better still, buy organic cocoa powder and make a chocolate drink using stevia as your sweetener (stevia has zero sucrose). More about stevia here Organic cocoa is included in our ABC Daily Powder.
High levels of sugar in the blood cause arteries to contract and become narrower increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Serotonin is regulated by two forms of gene, long and short. The short form is more likely to lead to depression. People born in Britain and USA tend to inherit the short form of the gene, hence they come low on the happiness scale. Denmark and Netherlands are countries with people with the highest proportion of people with the long gene, and are happiest.
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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