- Filling in Nutritional Gaps– Providing the body and brain with nutrients that are fundamental for biochemical processes is vital for optimal wellness. Just as you need bricks to build a brick wall, you need the raw materials to build and maintain your brain tissue. In addition to correcting deficiencies, this includes providing precursors materials and enzymatic cofactors so the body can build neurotransmitters, proteins and neuronal structures such as dendrites, synapses and fatty cell membranes.
- Combating Oxidative Stress– Though it is a natural part of life, excessive oxidative stress is essentially what damages our cells (neurons and all). Many plant-based antioxidant compounds in our formulas have been observed to stimulate the Nrf2 pathway, activating genes and promoting the body’s own production of endogenous antioxidant molecules such as glutathione. Activating this pathway by consuming polyphenol rich foods and supplements helps your body combat oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals with your body’s own supply of antioxidants.
- Healthy Inflammatory Response– Oxidative stress goes hand in hand with inflammation, another driving force of damaging cells and tissue. By promoting a healthy balance of free radicals vs. antioxidant molecules and directly influencing inflammation regulatory genes, our formulas are designed to promote a healthy inflammatory response in the brain and body.
- Promoting Neurogenesis– Studies show that the loss of neurons is associated with cognitive decline, mood disorders and a number of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Neurogenesis is the growth of new neurons, dendrites and synapses. A growth factor called BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) plays a big role in facilitating the repair, maintenance and growth of new neural networks. Many things can stimulate BDNF and promote neurogenesis such as certain foods/plants, exercise, meditation, and fasting. Scientists agree that promotion of neuronal growth is an important marker of brain and mood health.