Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another edition
of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. When we think about aging, one of the first things
that come to mind are the age related changes associated with brain health. This includes
the ability to focus, learn, create new memories, as well as recall old ones. With an alarming
increase in Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, it’s important to continuously
give the brain the nutrients it needs to function optimally. In this episode of Ask The ND,
I’m going to talk about a variety of supplements, herbs and other alternative health products
that may help promote brain health. The brain is responsible for controlling almost all
body processes. This includes breathing, digestion, muscle movement, speech and much more. On
top of those functions our brain is also responsible for our memories, emotions and behaviors.
Lifestyle factors are also important for promoting proper brain function. This includes diet,
exercise, and sleep. Studies indicate that exercise stimulates new cell growth in the
brain, which increases mental abilities by 20-30%. On top of that, supplements may also
play an important role in promoting proper brain function. Let’s take a closer look at
how supplements and herbs may promote brain health. Here’s the rundown. Centella asiatica,
more commonly known as Gotu Kola, has long been used to support brain health. It is one
of the many herbs known as a Nootropic, or memory enhancer. It is believed that Gotu
Kola is a brain stimulant and may help revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention
span, as well as combat aging. Ginkgo Biloba is another herb with nootropic properties.
On top of this, it may also offer neuro-protective properties. This may be a result of its ability
to stimulate blood flow through the smaller blood vessels, which increases circulation
to the brain. It may also function as an antioxidant in the brain and central nervous system, which
may help prevent age-related decline in brain function. Phosphatidylserine is one of the
most important phospholipids. Phospholipids are important in cell to cell communication,
as well as help cells maintain their structural integrity. Phosphatidylserine may favorably
affect neuronal membranes, as well as levels of brain neurotransmitters. Lastly, it may
also help to improve cognitive performance. There are many studies that have concluded-
low vitamin D levels are linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment. Adults greater
than 65 years of age with vitamin D levels below 10 nanograms per milliliter, had four
times the increased risk of cognitive impairment compared to those with levels above 30 nanograms
per milliliter. Omega 3s, specifically docosahexaenoic acid, more commonly known as DHA, is one of
the major building blocks of the brain. This nutrient is vital for brain health, and functions
throughout all stages of life. On top of supporting the brain, DHA may also offer protective properties.
When it comes to choosing a brain health supplement, these herbs and nutrients come as individual
products, or in formulas that are blended together. Remember that it’s important to
check with your healthcare provider before starting any herbs or supplements due to the
potential for side-effects and interactions. For more information on individual products,
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