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Top 13 Nootropic Supplements To Sharpen Mind And Mood

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Dr. Edward F. GroupGuest Writer

If you want a nutritional supplement to enhance your brain function — short-term memory, focus, creativity, mood, or motivation — look for a nootropic. The term nootropic comes from the Greek root words nóos (mind) and tropé (turning). Natural nootropics can help older adults stay sharp, students who want to improve their memory for upcoming exams, or busy workers who need a boost of creativity.

Having good mental health is more than just the absence of illness. It also involves having a positive mood with enough energy and mental clarity to make the most out of life. That’s not always easy. Daily pressures and environmental toxins can lead to anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog — even when you follow a good diet-and-exercise routine. Supplements are a great way to add specific health-boosting nutrients to your diet so you can optimize your health.

What Are Nootropics?

If you drink coffee or tea to jump-start your day, you’re using a nootropic without realizing it. Nootropics, sometimes called cognitive enhancers, brain boosters, or “smart drugs,” are compounds that affect your central nervous system. They have an enhancing effect on one or more aspects of your mental state. These substances target “executive function,” which means attention, learning, memory, alertness, and motivation.

Nootropics affect the brain in different ways. Some influence your neurotransmitters. Others increase blood flow, oxygen, and nutrient levels in the brain. Others protect you from the effects of toxins and free radicals. Some even promote the growth of new neurons (brain cells) and brain cell connections that help you adapt to change.[1]

Most people know that food gives your body nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. But most typical modern diets lack variety. Unlike our ancient relatives who wandered through natural habitats, browsing on various plants, herbs, roots, and berries for adequate nutrition, most people living in modern society have unvaried diets full of meat, wheat, corn, soy — and a multitude of processed foods.

Adding nutritional supplements to your diet can broaden the variety of nutrients, antioxidants, and beneficial phytochemicals you get. This can improve your brain function and overall health.

Natural vs. Synthetic Nootropic Supplements

Nootropics compounds are either natural or synthetic (human-engineered). People have used natural nootropics since ancient times. Some of these substances grow in the wild, but people also cultivate them as crops. You can also find them in foods as well as dietary supplements available in capsule, liquid, or powder form.

Herbs and other plants, amino acids, and minerals all have nootropic uses. Most don’t act as dramatically as synthetic ones — but that quick-acting benefit of synthetics often comes with numerous side effects. Natural products, in contrast, come with more overall health benefits because the nutrients are typically high in antioxidants and support the brain’s response to inflammation. When you take a natural nootropic regularly, you’ll see more noticeable effects. They are generally safe when used as directed.

Top Natural Nootropic Supplements

Natural nootropics include herbs, minerals, and other nutraceuticals. The following are a few of the most effective and time-honored nootropics you can find.

Caffeine

Caffeine is the world’s most consumed nootropic. Think about it. You wake up groggy, and then have that morning cup of Joe to get your mind awakened and alert. That’s a clear example of how a nootropic works!

Caffeine is found naturally in coffee, tea, cacao beans, and cola nuts. As a stimulant, it can reduce fatigue, enhance alertness, energy, and concentration.[2] Caffeine can also promote a positive mood. It’s rich in antioxidants, which fight damage from disease-causing free radicals. But be careful; its stimulant effects can increase blood pressure and heart rate in some people.

Caffeine perks you up by blocking the brain receptors for adenosine, a chemical that causes sleepiness. It also speeds up nerve-cell action and increases the “feel good” neurotransmitter dopamine.

Ashwagandha

Also called winter cherry, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb. In other words, it helps your body and mind manage stress better. It may even ease occasional anxiety.

Ayurvedic medicine uses ashwagandha roots and berries to make herbal remedies for sexual libido, the immune system, and daily stress. Its plant alkaloids and lactones promote normal levels of the stress hormone cortisol.[3]

Bacopa monnieri

Another herb used in Ayurvedic medicine, Bacopa monnieri or brahmi, enhances memory and reaction time.[4] It also may help with learning and information processing.

Bacopa contains bacosides, antioxidants that protect your brain from free-radical damage. Bacosides also boost signals in the parts of the brain that process memories.

Ginkgo biloba

The leaves of the ginkgo tree are popular in traditional Chinese medicine. Many people take ginkgo to stimulate mental performance or focus.[5]

Ginkgo biloba may enhance brain function by improving memory and the processing of information. Others say it helps them stay calm. Ginkgo is also an antioxidant. Its effects include improving blood flow to the brain and promoting normal stress hormone levels in healthy people.[6]

Mucuna pruriens

Commonly known as velvet bean, Mucuna pruriens is used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine as a brain stimulant. Also an adaptogen, it counteracts stress in the body and mind.

Modern science has discovered that this bean contains L-dopa, a precursor to several neurotransmitters that affect mood and cognition.[7] It also contains several strong antioxidants that counteract oxidative damage in the brain.[8, 9]

Rhodiola rosea

This flowering shrub is an adaptogen that boosts mood and reduces fatigue.

Part of traditional herbal medicine, Rhodiola rosea may help the mind and body handle stress so you can perform better.[10] Rhodiola has mental health benefits, too.

This herb contains salidroside, an antioxidant, and rosin, which promotes a normal response to inflammation. These natural compounds support brain health, reduce fatigue, and improve mood.

L-Theanine

L-theanine is an amino acid (the building blocks of proteins in your body). It is a component of black and green tea, and you can also find it in moringa leaves. Some people buy L-theanine as a standalone dietary supplement.

This amino acid helps your body regulate hormones and neurotransmitters that positively affect how you feel and think. It can relax you without causing drowsiness.

L-theanine also has an unusual trait: It increases alpha waves in the brain, associated with deep relaxation and creativity.[11] You can enhance its “mellow yet sharp” effects by taking it with caffeine.[12]

BioPQQ

Pyrroloquinoline quinone or PQQ is a naturally-occurring chemical compound in your body. It is one of the compounds known to boost brain’s nerve growth factor (NGF), supporting brain health, memory, alertness, and focus.[13] BioPQQ is the most-studied PQQ supplement available, with an excellent safety record.

CoQ10

Taking BioPQQ with CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) — a molecule that helps create your cell’s mitochondrial energy — provides one of the most effective nootropics available. CoQ10 & BioPQQ® with Shilajit is a synergistic blend of these two nootropics that provides advanced antioxidant support while boosting heart and brain health.

Minerals

Your brain also needs certain minerals to operate at its best. Make sure you get enough of these “brain minerals.”

Lithium Orotate

Lithium is an essential trace mineral linked to new brain cell growth.[14] Lithium orotate is a molecule comprised of the lithium mineral bound to orotic acid. Not only is lithium orotate extremely safe, it can calm daily stress and promote peace and calm.[15]

Calcium

Calcium ions help the nervous system transmit messages. This mineral also plays a role in how you store and retrieve memories.[16] Calcium regulates levels of neurotransmitters and affects neuron “excitability.” You can find calcium in beans and leafy greens such as kale or as a dietary supplement.

Magnesium

A partner to calcium in nerve cell excitability and message transmission, magnesium also plays a crucial role in brain and nervous system function. Raising magnesium levels — particularly in the millions of people who are low in this essential mineral — improves brain function, including focus, memory, mood, and energy.[17] Magnesium can also improve your sleep and relax tight muscles!

Zinc

The mineral zinc protects the brain, supporting normal brain function and a positive mood. Many people are low in zinc. Taking a supplement or getting more in your diet can support healthy brain function, better mood, and overall cognitive performance. Zinc also supports the immune system and helps your body make DNA and proteins. This mineral is abundant in pumpkin seeds, greens, grains, and beans.[17]

Which Supplement Is Right for You?

When choosing a nootropic, consider the type of effect you’re seeking — stimulating or relaxing? Do you want to improve your memory or gain energy? Whichever you’re thinking of taking, I recommend purchasing only natural, organic supplements from a trusted brand.

Everyone responds a little differently to nutritional supplements, and they are not all the same strength. When you try one, take a low amount to start. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider, especially if you are pregnant, have a serious health condition, or are taking medications.

Another option is to take a single nootropic supplement with a blend of natural ingredients. Global Healing Centre’s NeuroFuzion® contains vitality-boosting Bacopa monnieri, Mucuna pruriens, Rhodiola rosea, St. John’s wort, and other plant compounds that support mental health and healthy cognition, as well as lithium orotate.

Points to Remember

Nootropics, or cognitive enhancers, are compounds that affect your central nervous system and may improve your mental state and overall functioning. They can be synthetic or natural, but nootropics found in nature are safer and many offer nutritional benefits as well. Their effects range from increased alertness and reaction time to better memory and reduced daily stress.

Some of the most effective and popular natural nootropic herbs include ashwagandha, Bacopa monnieri (brahmi), Mucuna pruriens, caffeine, Ginkgo biloba, L-theanine, and Rhodiola rosea. Minerals with nootropic effects include lithium (especially lithium orotate), calcium, magnesium, and zinc.

The best way to choose a natural nootropic is to decide the effect you’re seeking and then take the lowest effective dose.

Have you tried any of these natural nootropics?

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Originally published at Global Healing Center and reproduced here with permission.

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About the Author

Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications.

Dr. Group centres his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.

For more, please visit Global Healing Center.

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5 Health Powers Of Asparagus

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Mary West, Guest Writer

Exciting research is finding that asparagus is valuable for health in diverse ways, being beneficial for several medical conditions that plague many worldwide.

Perhaps most exciting of all is a new study that finds the vegetable may help prevent or treat a feared cancer that over 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with each year.

1. Asparagus found to have anticancer properties.

A new study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found asparagus contains certain compounds that have substantial anticancer properties. Researchers tested the compounds, known as shatavarins, on test tubes of human breast, colon and kidney cancer, as well as on mice with breast cancer.

All the results showed that shatavarins had potent toxicity against cancer cells. Extract of asparagus administered orally in doses of 250 and 500 mg/kg body weight for 10 days caused a significant reduction in tumour volume and tumour cell count.

2. Asparagus may help prevent diabetes.

In addition to the anticancer properties of asparagus, it may have some anti-diabetic properties as well. Researchers at the University of Karachi in Pakistan found that high doses of asparagus extract had a positive effect on insulin output by the pancreas. The findings add to a 2006 study by the British Medical Journal that found the vegetable triggered an 81% increase in glucose uptake by body tissues. Therefore, asparagus can help diabetes by stimulating an increased production of insulin, in addition to enabling the body to absorb more glucose.

3. Asparagus may prevent a hangover.

Those who celebrate the New Year by drinking too much alcohol may prevent a hangover by taking asparagus extract. Chronic drinking can cause detrimental changes in the liver, as well as the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover. Scientists at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea found the asparagus extracts “significantly alleviated” the cellular toxicity of alcohol, a benefit that translates to lessening of a hangover and protection of liver cells.

4. Asparagus offers up tremendous cardiovascular benefits.

This vegetable contains a compound called rutin that can help prevent deadly blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, asparagus is a good food source of folic acid, a nutrient that helps counter the bad effects of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood linked to increased cardiovascular risk.

5. Asparagus can help balance out your electrolytes

Adding to the list of impressive health properties are three more benefits. Asparagus is a rich source of potassium, a mineral that regulates fluid balance; so the diuretic effects of asparagus can reduce bloating in the tummy area that sometimes occurs after eating a big meal. The vegetable also has anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.

Some Further Reading, If You’re Curious…
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Coconut Oil Could Help Fight Tooth Decay

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Mary West, Guest Writer

Coconut oil is much in the news these days, being used by the natural health community to enhance many aspects of health. Now, scientists have discovered yet another benefit of this valuable food – it may be a powerful ally in the fight against tooth decay.

Parents will gladly receive word of this discovery, as the pain of tooth decay and the ensuing infections that sometimes occur often involve treatment with antibiotics, drugs that have adverse effects and can lead to antibiotic resistance. A common childhood malady, tooth decay affects 60 to 90% of kids in industrialized countries, as well as most of adults, according to researchers.

Coconut oil, a natural agent devoid of side effects, will be a welcome inclusion to the tools used to fight cavities. The findings were so promising that researchers suggest it could be added to dental care products like toothpaste and mouthwash to promote the health of our teeth.

Scientists Found That Enzyme-Modified Coconut Oil Is a Potent Killer of Mouth Bugs.

Scientists at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland evaluated the effectiveness of three different oils in attacking Streptococcus bacteria, acid-producing organisms that are common inhabitants of the mouth and a major cause of tooth decay. They tested natural coconut oil, olive oil and vegetable oil, in addition to the same oils treated with enzymes, simulating the digestive process. Only the enzyme-altered coconut oil displayed the ability to curtail the growth of most strains of the bacteria. It is believed that the breaking down of coconut oil by the enzymes release its components that fight bacteria.

Advantages of Using Coconut Oil in Dental Products

Lead researcher, Dr. Damien Brady said enzyme-altered coconut oil could be an attractive substitute for cavity-fighting chemicals currently added to dental care products. He points out its advantage of being effective at relatively low concentrations and emphasizes the importance of seeking alternative ways of fighting infections because of increasing antibiotic resistance.

Aside from the above benefits, another advantage is cost, as treating tooth decay can be very expensive in some regions. If the findings of the study hold up in further research, coconut oil could soon become an affordable means of preventing tooth decay.

The results were revealed at a recent meeting of the Society for General Microbiology at the University of Warwick.

Recommended Coconut Oil Based Toothpastes…
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4 Ways To Know If Your Body Is Overwhelmed By Toxins

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Mary West, Guest Writer

We live in a toxic environment, being exposed to an estimated 2.5 billion pounds of chemicals each year. Once these toxins accumulate in the body, they may manifest in an array of symptoms.

It is impossible to escape this continuous bombardment of harmful chemicals; we come into contact with substances that can negatively impact our system several times a day. We breathe toxic chemicals in the air, ingest them in our food and absorb them through our skin.

Synthetic ingredients are found in fragrances and lotions, and sodium laurel sulphates are present in some toothpastes, soaps and shampoos. And the chemical assaults in the home don’t end there.

Our homes are laden with the toxins found in household cleaning products, “air fresheners” and pesticides, and some clothing, furniture upholstery and carpeting are even treated with toxic, hormone disrupting flame-retardants.

And our food? Well, it’s no secret that our food is loaded with chemical additives such as MSG, dyes and sucralose, while food containers can contain BPA. OUCH!

Think you can cleanse with just a healthy dose of H2O? Think again. Water systems are contaminated with lead and have been treated with fluoride, chlorine and many other chemicals.

4 Signs of Toxicity
1. Constipation

Bowel evacuation is the body’s natural way of eliminating waste. If you do not have a good-sized bowel movement every day, toxins are being reabsorbed into the blood stream and affecting your health.

2. Bad breath

This problem can indicate that your colon and liver are not eliminating toxins well.

3. Extra sensitivity to smells

If you have strong reactions to smoke, perfumes and other smells, you may be experiencing toxic overload.

4. Overweight

Difficulty in shedding extra pounds can be due to eating the wrong foods, but toxicity can also play a role. Some toxins like dioxins and pesticides are stored in the fat cells. When the body is storing a large quantity of these harmful chemicals, it poses a greater challenge to weight control.

Symptoms of Toxicity

The maladies that can ensue from chronic toxicity are too numerous to mention, but here are a few. Toxic overload can cause headaches, joint pain and rashes along with difficulty concentrating, food cravings and acne. Diseases related to toxicity include cancer, depression and attention deficit disorder in addition to autoimmune conditions, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.

11 Easy Ways to Detoxify
  1. Drink green tea, which is a natural purifier.
  2. Drink plenty of filtered water to flush toxins out of your system.
  3. Eat foods high in fibre, which include fruit, vegetables and grains as well as nuts and seeds. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are especially helpful. Two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds per day is beneficial as well. Incorporate garlic, parsley and cilantro into your diet, as they are natural detoxifiers.
  4. Avoid processed foods and refined carbohydrates like white bread and pasta. Get in the habit of reading food labels to avoid those that are high in additives.
  5. Exercise regularly to eliminate toxins through perspiration.
  6. Dry-brush your skin with a natural bristle brush or loofa sponge. Use brushing strokes that more toward the heart rather than away from it. If you need some dry brushing tip, check out this article.
  7. Practice deep-breathing techniques.
  8. Reduce alcohol intake and avoid taking unnecessary drugs.
  9. A 24-hour fruit fast is very beneficial for internal cleansing and eliminating toxins. In this type of fast you only eat only fresh raw fruits, instead of those that are canned or cooked.
  10. Fit for Life authors recommends a daily fruit fast by eating nothing but fruit and fresh fruit juices every morning until noon. It is a means of everyday cleansing.
  11. The use of a castor oil pack is a time-honoured method of detoxification.
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8 Foods That Boost Your Immune System

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Dr. Edward F. GroupGuest Writer

If you’re looking for an immune system boost, the right vitamins and minerals can help. Although diet gets little attention in conventional media when it comes to supporting the immune system, it is one of the most powerful methods for keeping colds and other illnesses at bay. Nutrition isn’t the only means of immune system support but it is one of the oldest and most reliable natural approaches.

The 8 Best Foods for Your Immune System

The majority of your immune cells reside in your intestines, so doesn’t it make sense to consume healthy foods for keeping your immune system top notch? Here are 8 foods you can eat right now to boost your immune system.

1. Bell Peppers

Reach for all the bell peppers you want because they can actually have twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruits. In addition, bell peppers are a great source of beta-carotene, which not only helps maintain healthy skin and eyes but studies suggest they could also provide an immune system boost. [1] [2]

2. Citrus

Citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C. Believed to increase the production of white blood cells, C is essential for fighting off infections. Since your body doesn’t produce or store this vitamin, load up on citrus to help keep your immune system up and running. Supplementation with the vitamin may be helpful, but it’s always best to receive the vitamin from its natural source.

3. Ginger

Ginger is thought to work much like vitamin C in that it can even stop a cold before it starts. That said, it’s also a great food to reach for after you’re sick. Ginger can have a little heat due to the gingerol, a cousin of sorts to capsaicin—the stuff that makes chilli peppers hot. It’s the “kick” of the gingerol that can even act as a strong soothing agent. [3]

4. Turmeric

You can find this spice in many curries; it’s bright yellow in color, and a little bitter in taste, but it can definitely be pretty amazing for your health. While it’s already been used for its soothing capabilities for arthritis (among other things), a recent study suggests high concentrations of curcumin—what gives turmeric its color—could also reduce fever. [4] [5]

5. Spinach

With vitamin C, beta-carotene, and plenty of antioxidants, spinach is a perfect vegetable for your immune system. If you want to get the most out of it though, cook it as little as possible or even keep it raw. But don’t stop at spinach; a study suggests that other leafy green vegetables are good choices as well. [6]

6. Broccoli

Like spinach, broccoli is another great vegetable choice packed with antioxidants and vitamins. With vitamins A, C, and E, broccoli could easily be one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. Just like with spinach, cook it as little as possible to retain its nutrients.

7. Yogurt

If you like yogurt, make sure you’re getting the full health benefit by eating the kind with live cultures. Recent research suggests these cultures may strengthen your immune system. [7] Yogurt can also be a great source of vitamin D, which can also help boost the immune system. [8]

8. Almonds

When your immune system needs a boost, vitamin E sometimes loses the spotlight to vitamin C, but both are crucial for a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is fat-soluble, which means fat is needed in order for it to be absorbed properly. You can get almost all of your daily allowance of this vitamin by reaching for a half-cup of almonds. How easy is that?

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References
  1. Hughes, D. A. Effects of carotenoids on human immune function. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 58 (3).
  2. Chew, B. P. & Park, J. S. Carotenoid Action on the Immune Response. The Journal of Nutrition. 134 (1).
  3. Grzanna, R. et al. Ginger—An Herbal Medicinal Product with Broad Anti-Inflammatory Actions. Journal of Medicinal Food. 8 (2).
  4. Jagetia G. C, & Aggarwal B. B. “Spicing up” of the immune system by curcumin.Journal of Clinical Immunology. 27 (1).
  5. Sultana, G. N. et al. Analgesic principle from Curcuma amada. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 163.
  6. Li, Y. et al. Exogenous Stimuli Maintain Intraepithelial Lymphocytes via Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation. Cell. 147 (3).
  7. Meydani, S. N. & Ha W. Immunologic effects of yogurt. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 71 (4).
  8. Aranow, C. Vitamin D and the Immune System. Vitamin D and the Immune System.
Recommended Articles by Dr. Edward Group
About the Author

Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications.

Dr. Group centres his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.

For more, please visit Global Healing Center.

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