Here are the five points of brain health that we will cover:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Mental Fog
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Brain Cancer
L-arginine + Pomegranate = NO Depression
Let’s start with depression and anxiety. Thousands of prescriptions per day are written for these issues. Most common are in the SSRI class. This stands for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Nitric Oxide (NO) has been well established to help with mood disorders. To make sufficient amounts of NO you need nutrition like the amino acid L-arginine and pomegranate.
NO functions as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Nitric oxide effects Serotonin and Dopamine levels. These are your “feel good” brain chemicals.
In Japan, a study of 70 people, those who were depressed had “significantly lower” levels of NO than those who weren’t. Also, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry noted that, “Decreased blood levels of NO might be partially associated with the development of depression”. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta in Canada found blood levels of NO were “significantly lower” in people with depression compared to those who weren’t depressed.
Turn No Memory into NO Memory!
“There is an impressive amount of evidence suggesting the involvement of NO in learning and memory”, says Behavioural Brain Research.
- Journal of Neuroscience showed that NO is a must for forming short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term memories.
- Neurobiology of Learning and Memory found that NO is required for the storage and retrieval of memory.
- Dementia and Geriatrics Cognitive Disorders stated that arginine may help to reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin D and Brain Health
Besides L-arginine and nutrients that make and sustain NO, vitamin D has shown great promise. Science Daily (Apr. 21, 2008)- McCann & Ames point out that evidence for vitamin D’s involvement in brain function includes the wide distribution of vitamin D receptors throughout the brain. They also discuss vitamin D’s ability to affect proteins in the brain known to be directly involved in learning and memory, motor control, and possibly even maternal and social behavior.
- Researchers examined the results of almost 12,600 participants from late 2006 to late 2010. Brown and colleagues found that higher vitamin D levels were associated with a significantly decreased risk of current depression.
- Researchers looked at brain tissue in patients with brain cancer tumors. 78 percent of the patients were found to be deficient in vitamin D.
- A new animal study from Japan suggests that vitamin D may help clear the brain of amyloid beta, a toxic protein-like compound that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
So, if you find yourself constantly looking for your keys or friends are suggesting you may need an “attitude adjustment” we encourage you to give L-arginine and Vitamin D a try!
Click this link for a recorded webinar on this topic and hear from some real life Super Hero Brainiacs!
“I have struggled with various levels of depression all my life. Despite all my efforts to correct the situation, I continued to spiral downward. I have been on the L-arginine, Vitamin D and antioxidant blend for just 4 months. My entire outlook on life has been vastly improved. The best way I can describe how I feel is that it is like I have crawled out of a dark hole and into the daylight!” Will Bradley
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