Often the media reports on studies about supplements that don’t work. The conclusion that they want you to believe is that you have duped yourself into believing that supplements you take don’t work; you’re wasting your money.
Yet the media doesn’t often report on the supplement studies that do work. They feel that their biggest role in society is to protect you from the evils around you, not report on all the good things that may improve your life. With this type of thinking, you clearly can’t get the real truth – that there are many things out there that will help you and make the world you live in less threatening, less dangerous and more pleasurable.
One of those things that will make your life easier is having a nutritional status that is adequate in all nutrients. And the only way to get there is with a good diet and supplements. With only a good diet, you’ll never balance the nutrient deficits and highs. A good nutritional status is dependent on balance. And if you’re starting from a negative balance (a deficiency) in nutrients, eating a balanced diet isn’t enough to restore the nutrients that are low. There’s only one answer – supplements.
Multiple studies show benefits of brain supplements. Researchers of one rat study reported in the Nutrition & Neuroscience journal in September of 2012 took four nutrients found in the past to benefit brain function and combined them together in a brain supplement. They fed the supplement to rats on a high fat diet for 3 months. A high fat diet causes oxidative stress in the brain.
The supplement contained chromium picolinate, boron, DHA, and phosphatidylserine. Then they checked levels of C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor alpha and brain malondialdehyde which indicate whether or not oxidation damage to the brain had occurred.
The rats on the supplement had levels that proved the supplement protected their brain from oxidation and inflammation.
Another study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in November 2012 showed that lutein and zeaxanthin can definitely influence cognitive function in older people.
When older women took 12 mg lutein supplements daily alone or with 800 mg DHA, their verbal fluency scores increased, and did so significantly. Those who took both supplements scored higher on memory tests and more efficient learning as well.
When lutein levels were examined in centenarians in autopsies where brain tissue was examined, those who had low levels of lutein had cognitive impairment compared to those with higher levels and no cognitive impairment. The researchers adjusted for age, sex, education, hypertension and diabetes so that it was a true comparison of the real relationship.
Lutein and zeaxanthin supplements are widely available.
Don’t believe everything you hear on the media! It could destroy your brain power!