Brain Boosters!
By Steven Horne

Brain FogThe brain is described in the dictionary as the part of the central nervous system enclosed in the cranium of vertebrates, serving to control and coordinate the mental and physical actions. However, in the common speech, brains means intelligence� the ability to comprehend, remember and process information. Sometimes we think that having "brains" is just a matter of genes or plain "luck."

However, our capacity to think is not something that is set in stone at birth. IQ can change and there are many things that can be done to improve our �brains.� Like any other organ of the body, the brain can be strengthened by good nutrition. It can also be developed with use or diminished with abuse.

In this article you will learn some of the herbs, nutrients and practices that can enhance your �brain power.� You will also discover some of the things that diminish it. So, exercise your "central nervous system processing center" (i.e., brain) and read on.

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Perfect combination for optimal brain function.

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As we age, brain health becomes increasingly important. In the last century, life expectancy has increased by nearly 30 years to an average of 77 years. With this increase, more individuals are experiencing the dramatic effects of aging. Between the ages of 20 and 90, the average person loses 5 to 10% of his or her brain weight with an accompanying loss in memory, attention and other cognitive functions.

Scientific research is zeroing in on a decreased number of nerve synapses (the connections between nerve cells) as the reason for this decline. A higher concentration of nerve synapses in the brain directly correlates to better memory. Protecting and even increasing nerve synapses may promote brain health

Magnesium plays an essential role in nerve synapses. However, most forms of magnesium are not well absorbed by nervous tissue. That is until researchers at MIT found a highly absorbable form of magnesium "magnesium L-threonate" which has been shown in studies to easily cross the blood brain barrier and increase the brain's magnesium level. In their studies, researchers found that both young and old participants experienced increased cognitive function while taking magnesium 1-threonate.

Another good "memory" product to consider: BrainProtex.

Starting Right

Good nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood is vital to the development of the brain.
Essential fatty acids are also extremely important, so children should not be put on a low fat diet. Healthy sources of fat are vital to their developing central nervous systems. See Note 1

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar diminishes brain power. The brain consumes more sugar than any other organ in the body. When blood sugar levels drop, many of the higher processing centers of the brain start to shut down. Mental confusion, irritability, inability to concentrate and even �crazy� behavior can result.

Refined sugars and carbohydrates give the brain a �quick fix� of sugar, but lack the other nutrients the body needs to control and process the sugar in a stable manner. Hence, they produce rapid increases and decreases in blood sugar levels creating a blood sugar �roller coaster� with corresponding behavior. If you or your children behave like angels at one time and demons at others, you may be on this blood sugar roller coaster. Other symptoms include a sudden inability to concentrate, sleepiness or a drop in body temperature (cold nose or limbs). This usually happens in mid-afternoon or when the person has not eaten for a while.

Getting out of the refined carbohydrate �amusement park� and onto a diet rich in complex carbohydrates can help the brain stay focused. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much clearer you can think on a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and natural sweeteners (like unprocessed honey, real maple syrup, etc.). See Note 2
These foods keep the brain supplied with a constant, controlled level of sugar that helps keep thought processes focused and stable. Once you have been on a diet free of refined carbohydrates for about three to four weeks, you�ll be amazed at the clarity of your thought processes. It is like the proverbial �light bulb� turning on in the mind.

Licorice root can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and kill the craving for sugar and stimulants.
GTF chromium
can also be useful for the same purpose.
Another supplement that can help is the Chinese formula Nervous Fatigue Formula (HS-C). It builds the adrenal glands and pancreas and helps overcome mental fatigue, confusion, inability to concentrate and emotional mood swings.

Getting Blood to Your Brain

The brain does not just need sugar, however, it also needs a constant supply of oxygen and other vital nutrients carried by the blood. Circulation to the brain is another major factor in brain power. Perhaps you have noticed that when you have been sitting for a long time you start to feel sleepy and have a difficult time concentrating. After taking a walk, however, your mental alertness returns and the fatigue vanishes. This is because the pumping action of the muscles in your legs gets more blood to the brain. (see note 3)

Hence, a sedentary life-style can diminish your thinking capacity. Something as simple as a gentle exercise program (even walking) can enhance your mental ability. Many Americans, however, suffer from an even more serious circulatory problem � atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. If you enjoy a diet rich in saturated fat and low in fiber you are just asking for this condition. Atherosclerosis is the result of cholesterol formations in the arteries of the body, especially the arteries leading to the heart and brain. As the arteries which carry blood into the brain become �plugged� the amount of oxygen and nutrients reaching our thinking center diminishes. The result � loss of memory.

The same diet that helps control hypoglycemia also helps to prevent the clogging of your brain�s blood vessels and hence, your �constipated� thought processes. Whole grains, fresh vegetables and other foods rich in natural fiber help to keep your cholesterol levels down and your brain power up. If you already have this problem, there is a solution. Oral chelation can remove the plaque lining your arteries and get your blood (and your thoughts) flowing freely again.

MegaChel is a product loaded with high doses of antioxidant vitamins and nutrients that helps your body break down arterial plaque. It works best taken with liquid trace minerals (Mineral Chi). When using MegaChel, start slowly with one tablet two times daily and gradually increase to a full dose (5-6 tablets twice daily) over a period of 3-4 weeks. Divide your age by 10 and stay on the full dose for that many months (i.e., 3 months for age 30, 7months for age 70). Taper off gradually.

The MegaChel program can be even more effective when combined with other herbs that enhance circulation. Ask your NSP Herb Specialist for further information.

Notes from Webnat:

Note 1.
Webnat and Four Winds Nutrition recommend uncooked fats: raw 1st cold pressed olive oil or grapeseed oil, raw almonds, walnuts, pine-nuts, avocados (especially for type A), Omega 3 high EPA.

Note 2.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener.
a). It is best to avoid wheat.
b). Whole organic grains are more nutritious
c). Teff seems to be the least inflammatory of all grains.

Note 3.
Deep breathing exercise supports circulation to the brain (see our chart)