Improving Your Cognitive Power
To improve your brain, you need to exercise your cognitive powers. Most recognise that physical exercise helps us feel better and live healthier; yet how often do you exercise your brain? As with our musculo-skeletal system, “the brain improves with appropriate challenge.”
This is possible because your brain retains a high degree of neuro plasticity; it evolves in response to experiences. If the experiences are rich and varied, your brain will develop an increase in the number of nerve cell connections. If your experiences are dull and infrequent, connections will either never form or those that exist will wither and die off.
Essentially in stimulating and challenging environments, we increase the number of nerve cell connections. Our brain literally becomes heavier, as the number of synapses (connections between neurons) increases. The key component that many people miss here is “rich and varied.”
Your memory is your most important cognitive function. If you lost your memory permanently,ould you still be you?
We are after all, “what we remember.” Poor memories are not limited to those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. While some are genetically endowed with superlative memories, the rest of us need not doubt the ability to enhance our memory capabilities.
Aristotle suggested that our mind was a wax tablet in his short book on memory, arguing that the passage of time fades the image unless we take steps to preserve it. He was right in ways he never knew; memory researchers now know that, like a wax tablet, your memory changes every time you access it, due to neurological plasticity. The means it can be moulded and improved, at least to a degree.
Long ago, the Greeks hit upon the same idea — mostly starting with Plato — that we do not have to accept our natural memory. We can take steps to improve it. From this we can draw a reasonable conclusion, if you stop learning your mental capacity declines.
That is because of the weakening and eventual loss of brain networks. Such brain alterations do not take place overnight, of course. But over a varying period, depending on your previous training and natural abilities, you will notice a gradual but steady decrease in your powers if you don’t nourish and enhance these networks.
Acetyl carnitine, glycerylphosphorylcholine, ginkgo glycosides and Huperzia Serrata have all shown benefits in human studies in the enhancement of cognitive function and represent a possible nutrient focussed way to maintain and restore optimal brain and mind support. The efficacious Cognitive Enhancer is a great go-to product to support clients with diminished cognitive function.
Blue ling fish extract has been explored for hundreds of years and studies conducted over the last 20, as well as extensive clinical feedback, confirm its effectiveness in supporting emotional resilience, sleep and management of inappropriate perceptions of fear and anxiety. Stabillium is an excellent choice for most patients to support their mental wellbeing.
Cognitive Supporting Products
Biotics Research Company
Cognitive Enhancer supplies 100mg Acityl-l-Carnitine HCL per capsules along with GPC choline (50% glycerylphosphorylcholine) 100mg, Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba leaf extract) 25mg and Huperzia Serrata (aerial part extract (1% huperzine A) 5mg
Allergy Research Group
An extract called Garum Armoricum® from the fish Molva dypterygia, found in deep waters off the Armorican peninsula of Brittany. It was used by the ancient Celts of Armorica, Ireland, and by the ancient Romans, as a food supplement to improve resilience to physical and emotional stress.
Brain Boost Programme
1st – 28th February 2021
Keep your brain young and boost mood with our 28-day programme.
Our mood, our memory and our ability to think clearly are all very much dependent on the functioning of our brain cells and the production of brain chemicals. A decline in mental ability, mood or capacity for learning is not inevitable as we age, however. Our brain can actually thrive at any age through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits.
This Brain Boost Programme is based on the latest research into maintaining brain health, boosting mood and keeping the mind sharp. The 28 day meal plan and recipes is accompanied by webinars addressing topics such as depression and anxiety, cognitive decline and specific conditions such as Alzheimer’s. What makes this programme unique is that it looks at the underlying factors contributing to poor brain health and addresses them through dietary and lifestyle intervention.
It is a functional nutrition approach to support your client long term.
Clinical Case Workshop
18th January 2021
Case Report of a 57 year old woman who had been suffering from a worsening memory & cognitive function, insomnia, aching joints & menopausal symptoms that all resolve with NT.
Webinar with Antony Haynes
date to follow
Free for practitioners, our Case Studies and Outcomes Interactive webinar will this month focus on Case Report of a 57 year old woman who had been suffering from a worsening memory & cognitive function, insomnia, aching joints & menopausal symptoms that all resolve with Nutritional Therapy.