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3 Brain-Boosting Herbs to Improve Memory, Relieve Anxiety & ‘Age-Proof’ Your Mind!

Boost your memory, age-proof your mind & give your brain some love ~ with these natural solutions!

Feeling ‘foggy’ and forgetful? Does your memory seem weak and your brain feel tired?

Does it feel sometimes like your brain is ‘overtaxed’ and not running at its full capacity to meet your daily demands?

We live in an extremely fast-paced and complex world . . . and at times it may seem as though you’re ‘not up for it’!

Don’t despair, the good news is that there are ways to protect your brain from excessive demands and even help ‘fire-it-up’ so that you can function at your best!

Popular movies such as “Limitless” and “Lucy” . . . have alerted the general public to the concept of cognitive improvement, brain-enhancement and ‘Nootropics’. The term Nootropics can be used to refer to herbal supplements or ‘smart-drugs’ (including drugs that are dangerous or illegal) that improve mental performance, attention, motivation and intelligence.

A Perfect ‘Trio’ of Brain-Boosting Herbs . . .

We’re sure you’ll find beneficial tips from this recording of a live broadcast we conducted.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of nootropics and how to relieve brain fog, improve memory, boost brain power and provide your body with ‘brain food’ – you’ll clearly want to avoid harmful ‘smart drugs’ and instead reach for powerful brain-boosting nutrients and nootropic herbs!

Medicinal herbs can overcome excessive amounts of stress and lifestyle challenges to help you function at your best and there are a few outstanding all-natural nootropics that can improve your memory, elevate your mood and enhance your learning capacity.

Bacopa monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri, or ‘Brahmi’ is used throughout Asia as a traditional treatment for a wide variety of physical disorders ranging from asthma to epilepsy. However in the West, it is primarily known for its potent nootropic abilities – it is a key herb for rejuvenating the brain and nervous system.

Brahmi improves all aspects of mental functioning, including the ability to learn new information, retain what we learn and recall the information when needed. Brahmi provides somewhat of a ‘one-two punch’ of benefits – in that it supports our brain function, while also reducing the effects of stress on the brain.

To get a bit ‘geeky’ – Brahmi protects the hippocampus, the part of the brain primarily associated with memory. It also protects dopamine receptor dysfunction in the brain, which will help you maintain your energy and drive.

It has even been studied and proven to assist in protecting against the link with aluminium and Alzheimer’s . . . so if you’ve been using aluminium containing personal care products, such as mainstream antiperspirants – you might want to consider high-quality Brahmi extract to keep your hippocampus safe from heavy metals.

What Brahmi can do for you:

  • Improve focus and capacity for attention
  • Improve memory and recall
  • Enhance brain communication
  • Improve ability to withstand emotional stress
  • Reduce nervousness and anxiety
  • Improve immune system function
  • Increase Serotonin (regarded as a chemical that is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression.)
  • Help you sleep
  • Support adrenal glands that have been debilitated by stress.
  • Relieve anxiety and reduce negative effects of stress.

According to WebMD, Brahmi is used for a wide variety of purposes, including as a supplemental Alzheimer’s treatment and way to reduce anxiety. Evidence suggests that this natural nootropic is effective at improving memory, concentration and even hand-eye coordination. There have also been some studies that link Brahmi with a reduction in anxiety, insomnia and slowing cognitive decline associated with oxidative damage.

The bottom line is that Bacopa Monnieri / Brahmi is a well-known and respected memory enhancer, one of the most important herbs for brain function with a long history of being used in Ayurveda medicine. It has also been clinically proven to make learning faster and easier.

Ginkgo biloba

Of all the wonderful plants and herbs that have brain-boosting properties, few of them are more popular than Ginkgo biloba. Gingko has been used for medicine in China for several millennia. In the oldest Chinese Materia Medica (2800 B.C.), Ginkgo biloba was recommended for asthma, swelling of the hands and feet, coughs, vascular disorders, ageing and for the brain.

In recent years, Ginkgo has been used for its nootropic, cognition-boosting and memory-enhancing effects . . . with the scientific community taking an interest in Ginkgo and recent studies shedding light on how this fascinating herb works.

This herb actually helps to regenerate brain cells, regulate neurotransmitters, protect from brain-cell degeneration, increases blood-vessel microcirculation (blood flow in the smallest of blood vessels) . . . and provide antioxidant activity. Anecdotal evidence has been backed up by numerous studies – finding this herb to be beneficial for improving memory, adding intellectual zeal and even slowing mental decline.

Ginkgo Biloba boosts brain health and function in several ways. But two in particular stand out.

Cerebral circulation – Ginkgo boosts several brain functions by improving blood circulation in the brain. A study in the Department of Radiology, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine used MRI’s to measure blood flow in 9 healthy men. MRI’s were done before and after the men took Gingko biloba extract for 4 weeks. The study concluded that overall, all regions of the subject’s brains showed a significant change in cerebral blood flow after using Ginkgo.

Cognitive ability and mental performance – Gingko is well known as a memory booster in the nootropics community. Studies have shown Ginkgo helps attention, mood and processing speed. One large study at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia was conducted with 262 healthy adults. This double-blind, placebo-controlled trial had volunteers taking Ginkgo or a placebo daily for 6 weeks. The subjects were put through several standardized tests. At the end of the 6-week trial, those using Ginkgo showed significant improvement in verbal and visual recall and memory.

What can it do for you? Research from hundreds of studies have shown that Ginkgo biloba will:

  • Improve memory and cognitive ability
  • Improve reaction time
  • Restore the availability of dopamine and other neurotransmitters
  • Improve cerebral blood flow
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve mood
  • Help repair brain cells
  • Act as an antioxidant to eliminate free radicals

Here are some of the Ginkgo biloba benefits that have been extensively studied.

Improved Memory – This is one of the most common reasons that people use ginkgo and there have been several studies that have proven ginkgo to be a powerful memory enhancer. In one study, researchers gave healthy adults ginkgo extract daily for six weeks. After taking the ginkgo extract, the participants were able to remember more things and remember things clearer.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety – Users typically don’t use ginkgo for its anxiety-reducing effects, but it can be a nice additional benefit. Some people who supplement with ginkgo report reduced anxiety and stress, which has been noticed in a couple different studies. In one study, participants with anxiety were given either ginkgo extract, or a placebo for four weeks. Their anxiety levels were checked throughout the study and those that received the high dose of ginkgo showed the greatest improvement.

In another study of healthy volunteers, the effects of ginkgo on stress were examined. A single dose of 120 mg of Ginkgo biloba extract was shown to improve acute stress reaction, by preventing blood pressure and cortisol levels from rising.

Slowed Cognitive Decline – There have been well over a dozen scientific studies that have examined the effect that ginkgo has on slowing cognitive decline in the elderly and the results have all been very positive.

One randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (the standard for studying medicine) took patients with Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia and gave them either a ginkgo extract or a placebo for 24 weeks. After that time, the participants were assessed using a couple different tests. Those in the ginkgo group showed significant improvements in cognition and the efficacy of Ginkgo on dementia and Alzheimer’s was confirmed.

Gotu kola

In China, Gotu Kola has been known as ‘miracle elixir of life’ for more than 2,000 years. Historically, it was used to heal wound and purify the blood – with Gotu kola being used used for varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and even cellulite. (as we’ve written about before)

It also has a long history of use as a ‘mind-booster’, with modern research revealing its nootropic benefits. The benefits include improvement in multiple aspects of brain health and function, including memory, focus, mental energy, anxiety, and sleep.

Here are some of the Gotu kola benefits that have been studied:

Reducing anxiety & uplifting mood – Some studies have shown that gotu kola may bind together with the receptors for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that reduces neuron activity and produces a relaxed feeling, with an antidepressant, yet mood-boosting effect.

Improving cognitive decline – Gotu kola may ameliorate age-related cognitive decline and memory in particular. In a randomized, double-blind trial examining gotu kola’s effectiveness in helping with aged-related cognitive decline, 28 elderly individuals were given gotu kola extract or placebo daily for 2 months. The researchers concluded that “the present findings suggest the potential of Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) to attenuate the age-related decline in cognitive function and mood disorder in the healthy elderly”.

Antioxidant activity – Gotu kola appears to improve the brain’s antioxidant defenses.

The Benefits of ‘Stacking’ or Blending Natural Nootropics

Ancient physicians recognised the fact that herbs can complement and enhance one another when blended in a preparation. These herbal physicians often recommended complex prescriptions made up of several plants and herbs, ground and mixed together with the synergistic benefit of the blend actually being greater than taking the herbs individually.

The latest ‘hip’ term for blending herbs is called ‘stacking’. You may have heard someone say they are taking an ‘Energy Stack’ or a ‘Memory Stack’ . . . this is simply a hip way of saying they are taking a blend or herbs and nutrients.

However a ‘stack’ may not necessarily be a ‘synergistic blend’. If the herbs are simply put together and not professionally blended for best synergistic effect – then the benefits simply ‘stack’ or add together with no synergistic and greater effect. It’s sort of like a stack is simply adding the benefit of the herbs together – however a proper synergistic blend is actually creating a multiplying and potentiating effect. One of the typical characteristics of natural nootropics, when taken in a blend, is their ability to act as potentiators for each other.

Try this mighty trio out . . . and share your results with us!

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