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Brain Health First

Does the Brain need food and exercise like other muscles of the body? We say YES. Your brain is always "on." It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you're asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That "fuel" comes from the foods you eat — and what's in that fuel makes all the difference

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Brain*MD Supplements

Your brain is like an expensive car that requires high-quality premium gasoline. The kinds of food we eat has an affect upon how well our brain functions. So says Eva Selhub, editor of Harvard Health blog: 

"Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the "waste" (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.

Unfortunately, just like an expensive car, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel. If substances from "low-premium" fuel (such as what you get from processed or refined foods) get to the brain, it has little ability to get rid of them. Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain. In addition to worsening your body’s regulation of insulin, they also promote inflammation and oxidative stress. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression." 

 

Brain MD health supplements was launched in 2009. It was founded and run by a doctor named Daniel G. Amen. He is a renowned psychiatrist, clinical neuroscientist,  and best selling author. BrainMD incorporates an array of doctor-formulated brain enhancement products: prebiotics, vitamins, and health supplements. The company sells single-ingredient and multi-ingredient products, in addition to drinks and bars, intended to support mental functioning and optimize brain health.

Do Brain Supplements work?

 

In order to rate a supplement that claims to be superfood for the brain, we need to look at the brain functions that would indicate improved cognition. According to Naturopathic Health Editor of Review Scout website, Peter Gold, the best indicators of improved cognitive performance are:

  • Improve Memory

  • Promote Focus and Alertness

  • Enhance Learning

  • Support Verbal Recall

  • Support Analytical Thinking

  • Boost Mental Energy

  • Enhance Creativity

  • Reduce Stress

  • Fight Cognitive Decline

 

 

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Because BrainMD manufacturer's over 50 supplement products, I'm going to focus on products that are important to my readers. I'll start with taking a look at Amazon.com reviews since the product can be purchased on that site. BrainMD received mostly good reviews with 65 % of Amazon purchasers giving it 5 starts, 12% giving it 4 stars, 12% giving it 3 stars, 7% giving it 2 stars and 4% of purchasers gave it 1 star.

My Review of BrainMD Brain Curcumins - 500 mg

 

The top negative review said:

3.0 out of 5 Stars. 4 pills for 1 dose, $40 per bottle. Can be better
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2021

I definitely notice a difference when I take it. The problem is that 4 pills is one dose which is a lot, especially when you take other medications. I would suggest they find a way to minimize that to 1 or 2 pills. Also, the price is too much. $40 for 1 bottle. For a company aimed providing better brains you'd think they'd actual care about the health of their consumers and make it more affordable. Looking for alternatives.

The top positive review said: 

5.0 out of 5 stars. It actually works!!
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
For many years I have suffered from severe mental fatigue as I can remember who months where I fight sleep behind the wheel or nod off at work regardless of the prior nights sleep. I am also very sensitive to caffeine or other energy products. So i started to take this product one pill a day and I have noticed after a day or two that my mind almost doesn’t fatigue. The BrainMD doesn’t give me more physical energy or mental energy like drinking a couple cups of coffee but it makes a huge difference in my overall alertness during the day. So if your story is similar to mines I suggest trying this product because it’s amazing. A couple side effects I’ve noticed is a slight regurgitation taste in the back of throat if I take this with food. I have taken it without food and have had no side effects but I’m not sure if this needs to be take with food or not.

Maybe it doesn’t work for everyone , but even as a one time purchase I’d suggest giving these products a try.

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My Review of BrainMD Omega -3 Power and BrainMD ProBrainBiotics

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucially important to your health. They have numerous scientifically proven health benefits for your body and brain. In fact, few nutrients have been studied as thoroughly as omega-3 fatty acids. We listed 20 health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids that are supported by science. The human body does not produce these important acids so we need to get them in our diet. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of any supplement or food we eat to gain nutrients must absorbed into our system so we must look for ways to improve how our bodies can do that effectively.

 

We know that the body is made up of 70% water. We also know that oil and water do not mix, so taking fish oil supplements are not the most effective way to get your daily dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. According to an article I read in the US National Library of Medicine on the bioavailability of Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, a weekly meal with about a one pound of fish is enough to gain all the benefits your body needs. Also, you will need to baste that fish in some kind of fat, like butter, or olive oil to improve it's absorption (or bioavailability). Alternatively, you can take a supplement to get similar benefits, but you have to make sure (just like with eating fish) you take them with a meal that includes some sort of fat.

 

My first week taking both BrainMD Omega-3's and the ProBrainBiotics I actually noticed a difference in how I felt. It was easy for me to know  because in the winter I always get aches and pains in my knee joints. After a week and a half of taking these supplements I noticed those first few steps after getting out of bed was markedly easier. The best way I can describe it is my joints just felt a lot looser than before and most of the pain in my knees was gone! Another thing I noticed, but not so obvious was my writing got a little easier. I write about 10 hours per week on my blogs and I noticed I was able to crank out those blog posts faster than before. I am currently on week 6 and the improvements are holding. Knees are still feeling great and I am still cranking out blog posts faster than before. I cannot guarantee that you will have the same results as I did, but I am pretty sure my body is not much different than any one else's the only real variant being age, of course. 

Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

 Omega-3 Fats Are Good For Your Skin
 

DHA is a structural component of your skin. It is responsible for the health of cell membranes, which make up a large part of your skin. A healthy cell membrane results in soft, moist, supple and wrinkle-free skin. EPA also benefits your skin in several ways, including:

  • Managing oil production and hydration of your skin 

  • Preventing hyperkeratinization of hair follicles, which appears as the little red bumps often seen on upper arms  

  • Reducing premature aging 

  • Reducing the risk of acne

  • Omega-3s can also protect your skin from sun damage. EPA helps block the release of substances that eat away at the collagen in your skin after sun exposure 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Improve Sleep

Good sleep is one of the foundations of optimal health. Studies tie sleep deprivation to many diseases, including obesity, diabetes and depression. Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with sleep problems in children and obstructive sleep apnea in adults. Low levels of DHA are also linked to lower levels of the hormone melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. Studies in both children and adults reveal that supplementing with omega-3 increases the length and quality of sleep 

 Omega-3s Can Alleviate Menstrual Pain
Menstrual pain occurs in your lower abdomen and pelvis and often radiates to your lower back and thighs.

It can significantly affect your quality of life.

However, studies repeatedly prove that women who consume the most omega-3s have milder menstrual pain

One study even determined that an omega-3 supplement was more effective than ibuprofen in treating severe pain during menstruation. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce menstrual pain
and may even be more effective than ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug
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 Omega-3s May Improve Bone and Joint Health
Osteoporosis and arthritis are two common disorders that affect your skeletal system.

Studies indicate that omega-3s can improve bone strength by boosting the amount of calcium in your bones, which should lead to a reduced risk of osteoporosis (87Trusted Source, 88Trusted Source).

Omega-3s may also treat arthritis. Patients taking omega-3 supplements have reported reduced joint pain and increased grip strength. Omega-3s may improve bone strength and joint health, potentially reducing your risk of
osteoporosis and arthritis.

Omega-3s Can Reduce Fat in Your Liver
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is more common than most people think. 
It has increased with the obesity epidemic to become the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world. However, omega-3 fatty acids considerably reduces liver fat and inflammation in people with NAFLD. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce liver fat in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

Omega-3s Can Fight Depression and Anxiety
 

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. Symptoms include sadness, lethargy and a general loss of interest in life. Anxiety, also a common disorder, is characterized by constant worry and nervousness.

Interestingly, studies indicate that people who consume omega-3s regularly are less likely to be depressed. What’s more, when people with depression or anxiety start taking omega-3 supplements, their symptoms improve.

There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA. Of the three, EPA appears to be the best at fighting depression. One study even found EPA as effective against depression as a common antidepressant drug.

Omega-3 supplements may help prevent and treat depression and anxiety. EPA seems to be the most effective at fighting depression.