Your Shrinking Brain
Fuel the Brain & Reduce Brain Shrinkage
Wow, sign me up! As we age, brain shrinkage is a common problem. Good news, there are things we can do to prevent this from happening.
Nutrition, hydration, rest, stress reduction, exercise and reducing toxins are all important.
Fats are key! Avoid the inflammatory oils (processed vegetable oils, margarine, spreads) and increase healthy fats like unrefined coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, organic grass-fed butter, extra virgin olive oil, olives and avocados.
Drink plenty of water, about half your body weight in ounces of purified water.
Eat foods rich in all the B vitamins, like nutritional yeast, grass-fed and free-range organ meat, wild caught fish, seeds, nuts, eggs, and raw cheese. Skip the grains, they are problematic on so many fronts.
Stop excessive alcohol consumption. Sorry, but it shrinks your brain.
Lose the weight the right way (real food, real fat, no grain, no processed food, lots of vegetables, some fruit, seeds, nuts, plenty of grass-fed/wild-caught/free-range animal foods).
Why Supplement with an active B complex
Studies show that B Vitamins dramatically lower homocysteine, a risk factor for brain shrinkage.
It is important to take B vitamins as a complex, and not just individual B vitamins. B vitamins work together in various functions including cellular energy, red blood cell formation and neurological function.
It is extremely important to take B vitamins daily because they are water soluble and the body does not store them (except for B12). Active B Complex™ provides a full-complement of essential B-complex vitamins in high potency amounts.
Signs that you may be deficient in B Vitamins:
- sugar cravings
- thyroid issues
- memory loss
- feeling stressed frequently
- poor appetite
- low progesterone or low estrogen
- hair loss
- numbness and tingling
- use of antibiotics, acid-lowering medication
- use of birth control pills
- smoking cigarettes
- alcohol consumption
What are some of the specific B Vitamins and how do they help?
B9 – Bioactive Folic Acid. Supports cardiovascular and neurological function. As we age it is vital that the nervous system is nourished properly. Inferior B vitamins usually have folic acid in a form that must be converted to L-5-MTHF. Many people cannot efficiently convert the inactive folic acid into the active form. Make sure your B complex specifically lists L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate.
B12 – MethylCobalamin. B12 is essential for DNA synthesis and proper nervous system function. Supports healthy digestion, red blood cell metabolism and the breakdown of fat for energy. Beneficial for memory loss, insomnia, moodiness, ringing in ears, weakness, depression, and decreased progesterone in women. Avoid supplements that use the inferior cyanocobalamin (a molecule of cyanide, no thank you!)
B1 – Benfotiamine, the lipid-soluble form of thiamine. Helps the body adapt to stress, metabolism thyroid hormones, aldosterone, and acetylcholine. Supports proper nerve function and energy production in the body.
B2 – Riboflavin. Supports healthy eyes, tissue repair, the production of antibodies and energy production.
B3 – Niacin. Used by the body in over 40 chemical reactions. Beneficial for cholesterol and triglycerides: lowers LDL cholesterol, lowers triglycerides and raises HDL cholesterol. Supports adrenal gland function and is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
B5 – Pantothenic Acid. Supports the body’s metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Helps with wound healing, production of antibodies, fatty acid production/transport, and used to produce red blood cells and stimulate the adrenal gland.
B6 – Pyridoxine. Detoxifies chemicals and helps support connective tissue strength. Needed to make several neurotransmitters like serotonin. Helps with the production of stomach acid. Supports a healthy immune system.
B7 – Biotin. The body makes biotin in the GI tract. Antibiotics lower the amount of biotin in the body. Supports strong nails, energy metabolism, fatty acid synthesis, and increases insulin sensitivity. Beneficial for hair loss, dandruff, depression, nausea, reduced appetite and numbness or tingling.
Don’t forget, It is important to take B vitamins as a complex, and not just individual B vitamins. B vitamins work together in various functions.