The demands of modern life are driving consumers to look for ways to "biologically hack" their brains. In this context, the demand for supplements with properties to stimulate brain performance grows every day. These supplements already have a name and are considered globally the "new fashion" in the world of health! The so-called nootropics (a term that comes from the combination of the Greek words "noons", which means "mind", and "tropein", which can be translated as "turn" or "change"), are substances with brain action capable of increasing the focus, attention, memory and reasoning. For this reason, they are also known as "smart drugs", precisely for their effects on improving intellectual performance both in patients with cognitive impairment and patients with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ADHD and depression, as well as in healthy individuals who wish to increase cognitive performance, memory and productivity in studies or work.
The action of nootropics has as its main target the modulation of neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine, dopamine and norepinephrine and their signaling cascades. They also assist in the process of neurogenesis (formation of new neurons), in addition to facilitating new connections and synapses. Examples of common substances capable of providing "brain accelerator" effects are Caffeine, Ginkgo biloba, JELLY REALLY® (freeze-dried royal jelly), Bacopa monnieri, L-theanine, ROSAVIN® (Rhodiola rosea), CoQ10, PQQ, omega 3, creatine, Ecklonia cava ( FLOROTANINOS® ), phosphatidylserine, ANSILESS® and some types of mushrooms such as Lion's mane present in NEUROZEN® .
Are memory loss and decreased brain power inevitable as we age? Many people in their 40s, 50s or more are told that they are and that there is nothing they can do about it. That's true? Of course not! Brain cells are the most complex, long-lived and nutritionally demanding in the body. Studies have shown that intelligence, memory, behavior and concentration are all influenced by nutrition. Young or old, our nutritional status plays a vital role in determining the proper functioning of our brain. A basic goal for brain health is to give it a "supernutrition" bath. Simply put, high nutritional status equals higher mental functioning. Given the frequency of nutrient deficiency in the elderly population, it is likely that many cases of impaired functioning of the mind have a nutritional cause.
Supernutrition for Brain Health
A study conducted at the Oxford Department of Clinical Neuroscience involved 156 elderly patients with some moderate cognitive impairment and a high risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The patients were divided into two groups: one group took a daily supplement containing 800 mcg of folic acid, 20 mcg of vitamin B6 and 500 mcg of vitamin B12 ; the other group took a placebo. Before and during the test period, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the levels of gray matter atrophy in patients' brains. The shrinking (shrinking) of gray matter is a sign of the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. After completing the two-year study, the researchers found that those who received the deprenyl supplement had about seven times less atrophy than the placebo group. The study also found that those whose gray matter shrank faster had higher levels of homocysteine , and those with higher levels of homocysteine initially received the greatest benefit from supplementation. In their conclusion, the researchers stated: "Our results show that vitamin B supplementation can delay the atrophy of specific brain regions that are an essential component of the Alzheimer's disease process and that are associated with cognitive decline."