By Jonathan Baker
When we hear the term “good health,” we tend to think of how we take care of our bodies. Working out, taking vitamins, and having a balanced diet all lead to a strong, resilient body. But what about good health for the brain? The brain, lest we forget, is a muscle. And maintaining and even strengthening the brain is as important as it is to care for the whole body.
Word of the day
Have you ever heard the word “nootropics”? Quick – what comes to mind? Could it be a new game app on social? Is it the name of an Avant Garde music group with a Generation Z fan base? Maybe a vacation spot? The answer is “no” to all. But, you thought about it. You used your brain to decipher what the word “nootropics” could mean. Perfect. Because “nootropics” are all about brain power. Or, more specifically, brain health which leads to brain power.
What then, are “nootropics”?
People who are familiar with the word “nootropics” (and don’t feel bad if you didn’t know), refer informally to them as “smart drugs.” They are supplements that increase serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, which…
- Improves concentration
- Boosts memory
- Strengthens overall cognitive health
Sound impressive? It gets better. Improved brain power increases the chance of being in a better mood. This means that certain negative conditions can be prevented (or lessened), such as…
How exactly do nootropics work?
“Exactly” is too scientific and would require a textbook. Generally stated, the action behind nootropics is that they increase the communication between the brain’s neurons, and even support the growth of new neurons and synapses. One of the tasks (for lack of a better term) that nootropics performs is to boost the blood supply to the brain.
Who can benefit the most from nootropics – young, middle-age, the elderly?
You’ve likely heard the expression: “You never stop learning.” Well, brain health is connected to learning, which means that no one is too young or too old. Through nootropics, people gain sharper focus, concentration, and an improved memory. And, in the long-run, nootropics can aid in protecting the brain from any possible problems that can result from disease or the natural aging process.
Where are nootropics, and how are they available?
Believe it or not, you may already be eating foods that have nootropics in them. Omega-3 fatty acids are the magic ingredient. Nootropics are present in a variety of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, and include sunflower seeds, walnuts, spinach, and walnuts, among others. Certain types of fish are also very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, mackerel, and oysters as three specimens of fish that contain these special acids. By extension, there are some nootropics present in them. (No wonder, then, that fish is called a brain food!)
Not by food alone…
While the foods listed above have the vital omega-3 fatty acids as ingredients, a person would have to eat a lot of them to gain the positive effects of nootropics. How about supplements for improved brain health? Yes, just as there are special and varied supplements to build up muscle so that you can maximize your workout at the gym or your daily jog, there are nootropic-related supplements that have the power to increase intelligence, motivation, and mental energy.
Natures Plus offers a line of powerful blue oxidant “brain blends,” called Brainceutix. All three products in this line (Multi, Omega+ and Boost) are comprised of natural products, which avoid the issue of any negative and harmful side effects. (Although, it’s a good idea to check with a health professional before incorporating supplements into your diet.)
We should emphasize that nootropic supplements have their benefits, but they cannot do it alone. To further improve brain health, or health all around – brain, body, and spirit, consider…
- Have a heart. Keeping your heart in good working order is the first order of business. Getting enough sleep, reducing stress levels, and even making that trip to the dentist are but three steps among many to ensuring a healthy heart.
- Physical activity is great and should be part of your routine. It doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore gym rat, or do choose to do something as casual as taking a couple of walks around the block – a body in motion is a plus to good health.
- Lifestyle changes. Take an honest inventory of how you live. Do you make time to eat breakfast? And while on the topic of eating, do you know when to cut back on sugar? Do you “eat mindfully”? If so, great. You are on the right path. (Just be sure to stay consistent.)
Well, you learned a new word – “nootropics” – and more importantly, how they can supercharge the health of the brain. And a strong brain, combined with a strong body, make for a healthy individual. For more information on products and advice from Natures Plus, contact us with any questions!