3 Ways to Support Brain Health for Back to School

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People brag about being able to function on minimal sleep. However, sleep is one of the most essential components of learning. Obviously, proper sleep helps kids and parents stay focused during the day. Your child won’t be able to focus during a lecture on a subject they find boring if they are half asleep. More importantly, our brain organizes and stores memories of the previous day during sleep. A solid 8 hours of sleep will help parents stay on top of their game juggling several daily activities (drop-off/pick-up, snacks, after-school activities, etc). Cutting out TV and other screens at night will also help you and your children get more restful and uninterrupted sleep. If that is a hard habit to kick, consider using filters or settings on your screens that filter blue light.

2.Consider Nutrition, Cut out Bad Foods

The human brain is one of the most complex things in the world and it requires proper fuel to perform at its peak. You shouldn’t use coconut oil to lubricate your car’s engine or rubbing alcohol in the gas tank. Eating poorly (among other things) causes inflammation in the brain, which can create brain fog. People experiencing this inflammation have difficulties focusing, feel fatigued throughout the day, and experience short-term memory loss.  One of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of inflammation in the brain is to cut out large amounts of processed sugars like candy, pastries and frozen sweets like ice cream. It also may be wise to cut out foods containing processed seed oils, food colouring, and caffeine. If you’re looking for extra support, pairing a well-balanced diet with clinically researched supplements like Memowell will ensure you are able to stay on top of your family’s busy schedule.

3.  Train the Brain with Reading & Writing

Although the brain is not technically a muscle it has a common trait with muscles in the body; if it doesn’t get used, it becomes weaker. Watching movies and TV all day is about as good for a person’s brain as sitting on the couch is good for their body. How can we lift “brain-weights” or go for a “mind-run”? Arguably, the best activity to exercise your brain is to read. Whether fiction or nonfiction, reading is one of the only activities that uses all parts of your brain at once. Not only does reading activate neurons all over your brain, but you and your child will also be learning new ideas and dreaming up new worlds. Writing is another great way to work out the brain. Towards the end of the day, many people have trouble winding down. Thoughts about bills, assignments, social problems and personal issues can keep your mind racing late into the night. Writing down checklists, journaling, writing notes, or working on writing assignments before bed can help get those thoughts out of your mind, and it is a great way to organize your thoughts and can help with your speaking skills

Giving your kids and your family a good healthy routine will help everyone stay healthy in the long run. These changes can be gradual but need to be consistent.

Learn more about how our supplements can aid in better brain health throughout the busy school year and beyond!

What is Brain Fog and How to Prevent It

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In this post, we discuss the common concern of brain fog, including what it is and how to prevent it.

For some, brain fog might feel like a thick cloud hanging over their heads. For others, it might feel more like fatigue, sluggishness, and hangover-like symptoms with increased difficulty making decisions, concentrating, focusing, and remembering details.

Many people attempt to combat these symptoms by consuming caffeinated beverages like coffee and energy drinks. While this can provide temporary relief, the underlying cause often remains masked and is therefore not properly addressed.

When we use the term “brain fog,” it may seem like a casual description, but it is actually a complex set of symptoms associated with various diseases and conditions.

There are many contributors to brain fog, including:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Gut issues
  • Food sensitives/allergies
  • And more

What is Brain Fog?

Technically, brain fog is not deemed a medical condition, though it can significantly interfere with one’s ability to perform daily activities.

Brain fog is categorized by cognitive symptoms including:

  • Trouble focusing/concentrating
  • Severe fatigue throughout the day
  • Inability to sleep
  • Frequent headaches
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Short-term memory loss
  • An overall feeling like the brain is not working optimally

What Causes Brain Fog?

Brain fog shows up in many ways, but the root cause is simple: inflammation.

In the brain, inflammation can hinder energy production and the ability of neurons to efficiently communicate with each other. This means the neurons will start to fire more slowly, resulting in a slower processing of information. This makes it harder to think and focus.

Inflammation can further increase in the brain when microglial cells (the brain’s immune cells – a.k.a. the clean-up crew) are not able to clean up the “gunk” efficiently, since there is a greater number of non-functioning or dead neurons on top of other debris to be removed.

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This also puts you at a greater risk for depression and anxiety because it renders you unable to process emotions effectively.

To reduce brain fog, it is important for us to recognize that it is a by-product of inflammation. You can then start to make positive changes and attempt to reduce some symptoms or remove the fog all together.

Inflammation itself has a lot of potential causes. We will discuss a few of these points in detail below, but here is a brief list:

• Dehydration
• Lack of sleep
• Stress/anxiety
• Excess sugar intake
• Medications
• Allergies
• Caffeine
• Toxins
• Nutrient deficiencies

How to Combat the Inflammation Behind Brain Fog?

Sleep

Not getting enough and good-quality sleep can have a major effect on your ability to function the following day.

When our bodies achieve a deep restorative sleep, the microglial cells in the brain (mentioned above) function most optimally. If they are not given the time and ability to perform their important functions of cleaning out toxins that accumulate during the day, it can leave a build-up. This can lead to trouble focusing in the days to follow.

Improve your sleep hygiene:

  • Room temperature: The body sleeps best when the temperature is lower at night compared to during the day.
  • Blue light: Blue light is the light reflected by our electronic devices and is shown to reduce melatonin secretion (our sleep hormone) by twice as much as regular light. Use blue light blocking glasses during the day and avoid screen time at least 30-60 mins before going to bed.
  • Reset Circadian Rhythm: Avoid caffeine (especially after 2 pm) and avoid naps during the day.

Gut Brain Axis

There is a major connection between the brain and gut known as the Gut-Brain-Axis and has been the topic of many recent research projects. Often what is happening in the gut reflects what is happening in the brain, and vice versa.

Over 75% of the immune system and over 70% of serotonin is produced in our gut. There are billions and billions of bacteria (microflora/microbiome) in our gut, which needs to be robust to digest and absorb nutrients that help reduce inflammation.

The greater diversity of these bacteria which will result in the ability to control inflammation and produce feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.

Improve Gut-Brain Axis Health

Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Try:

  • Berries
  • Fish
  • Green veggies
  • Dark chocolate

Increase the diversity of food you introduce to your microbiome to ensure you absorb nutrients (fibre, pro/prebiotics) since nutrient deficiencies can also lead to brain fog. Try:

  • Whole grains
  • Bananas
  • Soybeans
  • Green veggies

Stimulating the Vagus nerve. The Vagus nerve allows for the communication between the brain to the gut and has implications in heart health, brain health, digestion and more. When stimulated, inflammation in the gut and brain is decreased.

Some ways to stimulate the Vagus nerve include:

  • Breathing
  • Meditation exercises

Herbs

  • Turmeric: Has anti-inflammatory properties and is readily available. Its active component, curcumin, is utilized as a natural solution to many health conditions.
  • Chamomile: Has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. Also prepares the body for sleeping by increasing calmness and relaxation. Many utilize chamomile in tea form as a warm and tasty beverage before bed!
  • Boswellia: One of the most potent anti-inflammatory herbs available, boswellia is used for on brain health and overall body inflammation. Fun fact: Our proprietary boswellia extract, K-Vie™, is the key ingredient in all our products, including Strowell Brain Health!

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Strowell Brain Health is the perfect natural supplement for individuals looking to improve brain and neuronal health for everyday use. This product improves:

  • Brain and vision health
  • Cognitive function
  • Mental fatigue

Learn more about Strowell to see if it is right for you!

Is There a Link Between Mental Health and Memory?

In this post, we look at recent research on the link between mental health and memory, including depression and anxiety, plus how you can prevent it.

If you have ever noticed your memory worsens after periods of stress, you’re not alone.

As we are living through the challenges of an ongoing pandemic, more and more people are suffering from mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). According to Statistics Canada, ~1 in 4 Canadians aged 18+ screened positive for mental illness symptoms (which is 5% higher than the typical 1 in 5 seen in Canadians pre-pandemic).

When it comes to mental illness, there are a variety of symptoms, and no two people have the same experience. For example, someone may experience anxiety as an increased heart rate and difficulty breathing, while another could have nausea. This variety makes it harder to research, to learn more about mental health, and to potentially seek valuable and effective solutions.

Beyond removing the stigma of mental health illnesses, one silver lining of increased mental health awareness has been to invest more time and efforts in scientific research to find solutions.

Specifically, there has been new research looking at the link between anxiety and depression and associated symptoms such as memory loss, poor focus, and brain fatigue.

Let’s take a closer look at what the research is saying.

Depression and Memory/Cognitive Functioning

Depression symptoms typically include feelings of sadness, loss of interest, and hopelessness, and research has found that it affects our brain structure. A 2018 study found that participants diagnosed with depression showed smaller whole brain volumes and smaller hippocampal volumes (the hippocampus is a region of the brain that controls learning and memory). Not surprisingly, people with depression had a harder time forming new memories and accessing long-term memories. These differences were more often seen in patients with chronic depression  than those experiencing it for the first time.

Recent studies have shown a significant increase in depression and suicidal thoughts in youth who spend multiple hours a day using smart devices. Using electronic devices for up to 5+ hours a day has been seen to exacerbate average youth challenges and stressors.

As depression recognition and awareness increase, it is our hope that proper medical interventions are explored and utilized before depression causes functional changes to the brain.

Anxiety and Memory/Cognitive Functioning

Another prevalent mental health issue is anxiety. Thought it can present differently from person to person, anxiety is commonly explained as the limited control over worrying thoughts and an overall sensory sensitivity due to uncertainty or conflict.

How does anxiety affect our brain functioning? A 2016 meta-analysis found that short-term memory (also called working memory) is restricted in individuals with anxiety. This occurs due to a phenomenon named “Attentional Control Theory,” a term coined by Eysenck in 2007. This theory suggests that when our body experiences symptoms of anxiety, the sensitivity of external stimuli is far greater than your brain’s ability to overcome and function effectively.

Overall, when an individual is experiencing high levels of anxiety, it is commonly accompanied with reduced short-term memory function and attention control.

How to Prevent Mental Health Issues from Causing Memory Loss

Clearly, mental health is about much more than just feeling “sad” or “emotional.” It can cause actual physical changes to our brains, and it needs to be taken seriously and combatted the same way we deal with any other physical ailment.

Treatment plans for mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression include a wide variety of options and may not be the same for everyone. Check out our suggestions below and speak to your healthcare practitioner:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Can help you discuss feelings and challenges that make you feel unwell and can help you identify ways to deal with and effectively manage the symptoms of mental struggles. You can find these services locally or online.
  • Physical Education: Try adding daily movement to your routine, as this has been scientifically shown to help reduce symptoms of mental illness such as anxiety and depression.
  • Brain Food: Add quality foods to your diet that contribute to a healthy brain. There is a correlation between mental health and good nutrition.
  • Therapy: In addition to consulting your physician, speaking with a therapist is a wonderful first step to determining an effective plan to improve your mental health.
  • Natural Supplementation: Discover the many natural supplement options that can help you improve cognitive function including memory, focus, and clarity. Learn more about Memowell for memory health and Strowell for brain health/cognitive function.
  • Pharmaceutical Intervention: May be recommended by a medical professional. Talk to your doctor about the options available to you.

Conclusion

Research and societal awareness have come a long way regarding mental health and wellness. Don’t wait on getting the help you need so you can function at your best.

The Role of Inflammation in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and How to Aid Recovery

In this post, we delve into the important topic of traumatic brain injury and inflammation, along with known strategies for helping with recovery.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The brain is an incredibly complex organ that acts as the command center to direct, interpret and influence our feelings, senses and movements. It also is our source of intelligence and storage of memories.

Inside its protective membranes and fluids as well as the skull’s hard case, this delicate organ is well protected. However, a violent blow to the head, neck, or upper body region can cause the brain to shift and bump against the walls of the skull that we call brain trauma or more commonly Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.

The incidence of TBIs is common in athletes, people over the age of 65, or individuals involved in high-risk professions (such as law enforcement and construction), but can happen to anyone.

Sometimes referred to as a concussion, TBIs are associated with a wide variety of symptoms and can affect brain function in many ways depending on the location and severity of the impact. A person with a mild TBI could experience symptoms for a few weeks to months, while individuals with a more severe TBI could experience repercussions for the rest of their life going from mild discomfort to major disability.

The short-term symptoms of a TBI include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Irritability or mood changes
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Gait issues

These signs and symptoms can be subtle but should not be overlooked or forgotten. Symptoms could be immediate, appear over time, come and go or last for years. It is particularly important to get a proper physical and imaging check by a physician, family doctor or trauma specialist.

It is often very difficult for individuals to identify, recognize and monitor the symptoms associated with TBI. Prior to returning to common daily or sport activities, you need to get an appropriate medical attention.

TBI Diagnosis

It can be difficult to diagnose TBI, and there is no single way or clear set of criteria to do so. Every individual will present specific signs, symptoms and impairment. Common diagnosis techniques exist and include:

  • Medical neurological examinations
  • Cognitive testing
  • Imaging tests (i.e., MRI, CT scan)
  • Visual observations of symptoms
  • Self-report symptoms

If you or someone you know thinks they may have experienced a TBI, it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Inflammation Process in the Brain Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

What does a TBI do to the brain, exactly? The impact has the potential to severely damage nerve cells of the brain, leading to chemical and cellular changes in the body. The injured brain experiences an undeniable inflammatory response, as do all areas of the body as its way of self-protection and repair following injury.

After a TBI, the body’s immune system and cells responds to the injury by producing and releasing small proteins called cytokines. These proteins aim to protect the brain and initiate a reparative process after injury.

However, if these proteins and other pro-inflammatory products continue to be produced longer than expected, these inflammatory molecules will begin to have a negative effect on overall brain health, healing, and can actually cause further damage.

Check out the graphic below that simplifies the process:

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TBI Recovery & Treatment

Early treatment of TBI is the best way to quickly recover and prevent further issues. For the majority of brain injuries, physical and cognitive rest is recommended and effective to alleviate or eradicate most symptoms. Remember to always listen to your doctor regarding treatment.

To achieve physical rest, it is recommended to avoid sports, vigorous movements, and general physical exertion until you are symptom-free. Once symptom-free at rest, you can likely return to your regular activities in a slow, stepwise fashion according to your doctor’s recommendations.

If at any point, an individual participates in activities that cause their symptoms to reappear, it is very important for them to return to an inactive state for the time being and go back to their doctor for further examination. Medical professionals will advise individuals when it is appropriate to return to their normal life and physical activity routines.

To achieve cognitive rest, limit activities that require thinking and mental concentration, such as reading, working, texting, and mental games. Physical and cognitive rest is often effective at reducing TBI symptoms after a period of days to weeks. However, in severe cases, pharmaceutical measures may be recommended. Again, speak to your doctor about options. It is also often recommended to limit or stop screen (TV, tablet, phone) exposure.

Current pharmacologic interventions consists of targeting and treating isolated TBI symptoms of TBI that an individual has; unfortunately, there has yet to be an option that addresses the totality of TBI-related events occurring in the body following injury.

There is also the option to introduce a natural intervention such as omega-3 fatty acids as a therapeutic strategy post-TBI, to reduce inflammation and protect the brain from the detrimental cascade of events following injury.

We recommend that you see a medical professional if you have experienced a brain injury. Do not start or stop any medication type (pharmaceutical or natural) without medical approval.

How to Get Back Your Mental Clarity Once And For All

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In this post, we explain the science behind brain fog and provide tips on how to improve your mental clarity.

Have you ever experienced a day where you felt full of energy, witty and sharp as a tack, while other days you feel like you can’t focus or remember anything? If so, you may be part of the millions of people that experience a phenomenon known as brain fog on a regular basis. For many of us, it is worrisome and, at times, scary especially as we get older.

As anyone who has experienced this lack of mental clarity can tell you, it can impact our relationships with the people around us who rely on us staying sharp. Read on to learn what exactly brain fog is, plus how to combat its debilitating symptoms and think more clearly.

What is Brain Fog?

Often described as mental fatigue, brain fog is a type of cognitive dysfunction that can make you feel like you are unable to focus or think clearly. It can hinder your memory, attention and concentration, resulting in an overall “fuzzy” or “foggy” feeling.

The symptoms of brain fog can easily interfere with one’s ability to perform at work, with family, and/or in their social life, but—spoiler alert—it can be fixed.

Symptoms of brain fog can include:

• Trouble concentrating
• Lack of motivation
• Fatigue
• Forgetfulness
• Losing focus
• Difficulty making decisions

Contributors to Brain Fog

Stress: Consider the following metaphor from Healthline: your brain is a computer, and anxiety and stress are the programs that run in the background, using up a ton of memory and focus from the motherboard. The result? Every other program runs more slowly.

For example, a large home remodelling project or large family event could cause you short-term and high stress. That stress put pressure on your brain that will eventually get tired and impair your abilities to stay on task. You feeling distracted can also induce additional stress and prevent you from  taking the time to exercise, sleeping well, eating well, and taking care of your body as a whole. Overall you are feeling hopeless, but there are ways to cope and override that sensation.

Remedy: If it is a short-term stressor caused by an unique event like planning for a family member’s wedding,  the brain fog is likely to be in sync with that event happening. It is a bit counter-intuitive, but you have to think of and do other activities to distract your brain from the root cause of stress. To diminish this stress, you may want to delegate some tasks to some people you trust and try to minimize the number of milestones you set for yourself.

You can then allocate some time to exercise, practice yoga and meditation to calm your mind and get more things done. Sometimes, you may need and seek medical help to reduce this stress. Everybody is different but it is important that you take the appropriate steps that make you feel better.

Not Enough Sleep: We’ve all been there. You miss a few hours of sleep one night and the next morning you feel like you are running on auto-pilot and can’t seem to think straight. This is a classic example of brain fog! When you don’t get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep (for an adult), it can lead to cloudy thoughts and poor concentration.

Remedy: Set a bedtime for most evenings and stick to it (resist the urge to press play on another episode of The Crown). Eliminate screens and devices before bed, and instead enjoy a calming routine like a warm bath followed by a book. When your body becomes used to your new schedule, your brain will start winding down naturally and start to feel sleepy. Need some inspiration? Here’s an example of a sleep routine for adults.

Unhealthy Diet: Whether you’re too busy to prepare healthy meals or you just prefer the taste and convenience of processed foods, unfortunately this can contribute to the presence of brain fog. Processed and unhealthy foods do not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function at its best. When you are deficient in certain vitamins (such as Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C), your brain’s ability to function is affected and can therefore lead to the dreaded brain fog.

Remedy: Think about your brain like the powerful organ it is. It does not like sugary, processed foods – period!  Stick to eating a wide-ranging diet full of vegetables, protein, and good fats. Feed your body with the nutrients it needs to boost energy levels and stop brain fog in its tracks. For tips on which foods to add to your grocery list, check out the anti-inflammatory lifestyle guide.

Limited Physical Activity: Like it or not, when we don’t exercise, it can lead to a wide range of negative impacts on the body. Physical inactivity is even linked to many chronic diseases. Getting active means your body is actively pumping blood, oxygen, and glucose to the brain, improving its health, function, and symptoms of brain fog. It’s almost like feeding your brain the fuel it needs!

Without exercise, your body may have higher circulating levels of a stress hormone known as cortisol. Something as simple as participating in a low-intensity exercise like walking can result in lower stress levels.

Remedy:  Diminish brain fog by getting that blood pumping! Health Canada recommends that adults participate in just 20-30 minutes of low to moderate-intensity exercise to reap the benefits. So next time you’re experiencing brain fog or just can’t think straight – take a quick walk around the block, or engage in an activity suited to your level of ability, and see if it helps!

Chronic Causes of Brain Fog

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Also known as “winter brain” or “winter fog,” Seasonal Affective Disorder can leave us feeling tired, irritable, depressed and unhappy, making it difficult to get through our everyday routines without difficulty.

Brain fog symptoms are often experienced during winter months where the days run short and Canadians run out of sunlight. Other contributors may be medical/health conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and more.

Remedy: Move somewhere warm! Just kidding…maybe. If heading to Florida isn’t an option (a pipe dream for the vast majority of us!) and you experience brain fog during the winter season, build a healthier lifestyle starting with the basics. Challenge yourself to stay active, get enough sleep, limit stressors, and eat well. Prioritizing your health is a sure way to reduce symptoms of brain fog – no beach needed.

Underlying Medical Conditions: There are a variety of instances that can alter your body’s homeostasis and feeling of normalcy, depending on your age and life stage. These include pregnancy, multiple sclerosis, cancer and cancer treatment, menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression, anemia and diabetes. Each of these can that can leave you feeling symptoms of brain fog. If you have tried to address brain fog with home remedies (sleep, diet, exercise) to no avail, consider seeing a medical professional to look for another reason you are experiencing these symptoms.

Getting Back Your Mental Clarity

The best way to begin the treatment of brain fog is to find the root cause. As mentioned above, sometimes relieving the symptoms of brain fog is only a matter of correcting a lifestyle habit that you’ve adopted.

Another way to keep your brain in tip top shape is brain exercises and games. They’re a great way to keep you feeling mentally sharp and boost your memory, focus, and concentration – especially as you age.

Try the following to mentally stimulate your brain (and enjoy some fun in the process):

  • Card Games
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Learning a new language
  • Sudoku

For fun, give our word search puzzle below to warm up your brain for the day!

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In addition to the tips above, consider a supplement like MemowellTM to keep yourself mentally sharp and stimulated. This natural health product specifically aims to support brain health and cognitive function. It contains a proprietary blend of boswellia serrata and bacopa monnieri extracts and vitamin D to maximize brain benefits. Learn more.

[Guide] The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle: A Practical Guide to Protecting Your Brain & Body

The Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle Guide

The anti-inflammatory lifestyle is more than a quick fix. It’s a way of life. Read on to learn why you should care about inflammation and the toll it takes on the body, and how to combat it to feel well every day.

We all want to live a rich life filled with activities and experiences we enjoy. But if this sounds like an unachievable dream during aging, you’re not alone.

As we get older, there are many things we used to take for granted that are now uncomfortable, limiting, or difficult. This is what most of us experience around age 50 and older. Walking, bending, climbing stairs, enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends.


It’s not just physical, either. One of the most frustrating signs of aging is memory loss and just not feeling as sharp as you used to.

The common thread of all these signs is chronic inflammation. (Learn more about how inflammation impacts the body and brain here.)

Science has helped us understand this link and the important role of lifestyle in minimizing inflammation to improve our mobility and cognitive (a.k.a., brain) functioning.

Are you ready to embrace the anti-inflammatory lifestyle?

The wonderful thing is that so much of this is preventable and within our control. That’s why we prepared this special guide on the anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Inside, you will find tips and strategies to curb inflammation and begin to live the life you were meant to – now and for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

Download the free anti-inflammatory lifestyle guide

—plus a printable weekly and daily calendar!—to learn how you can:

  • Eat – complete foods list and what to eat daily
  • Move – activities to add and how to incorporate them into your routine
  • Interact – fun ways to socialize when it’s not always convenient
  • Protect – inflammation-busting ingredients to look for

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The Power of Herbs for Memory

Herbs for Memory

Using herbs for memory is an age-old tradition rooted in Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine that aims to promote good health and prevent or treat diseases. Some herbs have been used for more than 5,000 years and are thought to provide multiple health benefits including reducing inflammation and improving cognitive function. Early Ayurveda practice involved using herbal infusions for memory from the leaves, roots, and stems of certain plants. Today, supplements for memory support are generally a pill taken daily.

What Is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurveda is an alternative, holistic medicine practice that involves healthy lifestyle changes and incorporates the five elements of nature (space, air, fire, water, earth) to help maintain or improve health. The traditional use of herbs, essential oils and spices is driven by the many medicinal properties and health benefits discovered across ages of practice to protect the body from disease. The Ayurvedic concept is to keep the body, mind, and spirit in balance. Even today, Ayurveda remains key in India’s natural health care system. More recently, Western Medicine started embracing some of the therapeutic benefits of Ayurvedic herbal medicine.

Ayurvedic healing ideas and medicinal plants for boosting memory are now used to formulate some of the best brain supplements for brain health and drugs for neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disease associated with memory loss and decline in cognitive functions such as thinking, judgment, and decision making.

Common Ayurvedic Herbs

Ayurvedic herbs are plants that grow in India and neighbouring countries and have been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. They include herbs with multiple health benefits such as the following herbs for  slowing down brain aging:

  • Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
  • Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense)
  • Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha)
  • Curcuma longa (Turmeric)
  • Commiphora mukul (Guggulu) and related species
  • Centella asiatica (Gotu kola)
  • Convolvulus pluricaulis (Shankhpushpi) and related species

Among the herbs listed above, Boswellia serrata has been used alone or in combination with Myrrh in Persian traditional medicine as herbs for memory.

Some doctors of Western Medicine are considering natural supplements as good complements to drugs for treating diseases and are becoming more open to integrating plant-based or herbal formulations for maintaining memory health. They may recommend some brain supplements that can help support cognitive function and reduce the risk of age-related memory loss.

Best Ways to Use Herbs for Memory Health

Ayurvedic herbs can be used as teas, essential oils, herbal decoctions such as tisanes and tinctures, supplements, and topicals. Your naturopathic doctor, medical herbalist or medicinal plant specialist can help guide you on the best herbs and formulations that would be optimal for you that would take into account your medical history and needs. For instance, many people find it easier to take a pill as a supplement than brewing teas from fresh or dried herbs for memory.

Inflawell™  is a supplement for memory support developed and formulated by Kondor Pharma as gluten-free, vegetarian pills that consumers can take daily to protect their memory. Boswellia serrata and Bacopa monnieri are the two main active ingredients.

Clinical studies on both of those Ayurvedic herbs confirm their ability to improve brain function, memory, and other cognitive tasks. Boswellia contains active compounds that help fight inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. As a known antioxidant, the addition of Vitamin D3 helps protect brain cells in an optimal way.

Find Out if Inflawell Memory Support is Right for You

Talk to your doctor before taking supplements for memory support as some may contain ingredients that interact with medicine or other products you’re taking. Inflawell™ for Memory Support is a natural, plant-based supplement approved by Health Canada. Please contact Kondor Pharma at info@kondorpharma.com or call +1-800-892-6982 to find out more.

The Truth Behind Memory Loss With Age

Memory Loss With Age

What Is Memory Loss With Age?

Senior citizens experience mild forgetfulness from time to time. This is normal. What’s not normal is forgetting where you are, the time of day or season of the year, important past or future events, or how to carry out everyday tasks. These are all signs of memory loss with age and other underlying problems affecting brain cells and their capacity to store or recall memories. Some other telltale signs are having trouble learning new things or using words correctly, as well as suddenly changing mood or behavior.

What Causes Age-Related Memory Loss?

Healthy brain cells, neural connections and plasticity (ability to form new or reorganize connections between brain cells), and proper communication between brain cells are necessary for healthy memory function. The following factors can interfere with these processes and lead to quicker age-related memory decline:

  • Head injury or brain trauma
  • Chronic stress
  • Brain infection
  • Certain medications
  • Brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Medical condition such as thyroid disorder
  • Vitamin deficiency such as B12 deficiency
  • Severe drug or alcohol abuse

Alzheimer’s disease destroys brain cells (i.e., neurons) and their connections in specific parts of the brain first like the hippocampus (responsible for memory storage) and a small portion of the cortex (where most short-term, working memories reside), prior to spread in the entire cerebral cortex responsible for speech, reasoning and behavior, and ultimately across our brain. The memory loss with age is due to the four main following mechanisms:

Amyloid-Beta Plaques

A protein fragment known as amyloid-beta plays a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition marked by progressive memory loss in the elderly. For more than 25 years, scientists thought that the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease was due to an accumulation of amyloid-beta fragments outside and between brain cells. Amyloid-beta fragments are very sticky and form a build-up overtime called plaques. These structures are toxic for neurons and prevent proper cell-cell communication and connections resulting in altered function.

Neurofibrillary Tangles

Neurofibrillary tangles are twisted strands of another protein called Tau that accumulates inside neurons. Tangles prevent neurons from functioning and communicating properly and also contribute to brain cell death and memory loss with age. In normal conditions, Tau protein binds to structures (called microtubules) responsible for neurons’nutrients transport system.  In disease conditions, Tau protein becomes abnormal and is no longer attached to microtubules, thus altering nutrients and waste flow in and out of brain cells. With poor cell function and communication with other neurons,  cells gradually die.

Inflammation

A growing set of evidence has shown that inflammation is also a major contributor to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. A recent large, longitudinal study demonstrated that Chronic inflammation in middle age individuals can cause quicker cognitive decline later on in life. In some instances, amyloid-beta, itself, may activate immune cells and trigger an inflammatory response that destroys cells and brain tissue. Natural memory supplements usually contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that work to get rid of toxins in the body that cause oxidative damage.

Vascular Changes

In the aging brain, blood vessels change in structure that may lead to a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier that protects our brain against harmful agents. In addition, amyloid-beta deposits in brain arteries may affect blood flow and oxygen levels to the brain. Because of these issues, the brain becomes less effective at getting rid of waste and used materials. It could then trigger an inflammatory response that could lead to chronic issues encounter in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

General Cellular Dysfunctions

Mitochondria are cell components responsible for converting food into energy for cells and for communication between cells. Neurons require a large number of functional mitochondria to transmit signals to other brain cells in brain areas responsible for memory. With age, mitochondria become less effective and less numerous resulting in decreased communication between neurons and memory issues. A reduction in these cell-cell communications leads to oxidative stress that is detrimental to neurons. In addition, other external factors like malnutrition, chronic stress, medication, and brain injury could contribute to an increase in oxidative stress and cell dysfunction. Those cellular events contribute to memory deficit and cognitive decline.

Supplements for memory are designed to promote brain cell repair, increase blood flow and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Inflawell Memory Support supplement, for example, contains the active ingredients Boswellia serrata and Bacopa monnieri. Several clinical studies concluded that the two plant extracts can safely reduce inflammation and improve memory and cognitive function.

Inflawell™ Supplement for Memory

Although memory loss with age is common, a natural health supplement for memory health, such as Inflawell Memory Support by Kondor Pharma, could be a premium choice to help slow down brain aging and age-related memory loss.

Inflawell™ by Kondor Pharma is an approved natural health supplement that helps support brain function and memory. Read more about this product on our website or call 800-892-6981 for more information.

Kondor Pharma Presents Its Clinical Trial Data on Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s

Dr. Laurent Balenci, COO of Kondor Pharma today presented the result of our pilot clinical trial of Inflawell on patients with mild and moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD), at the 3rd Canadian Neuroscience Innovation Summit. A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial on 80 Alzheimer’s patients indicated significant improvement in memory and cognition in Inflawell group compared to the placebo. Furthermore, the patients taking Inflawell showed significant improvement in the levels of peripheral Amyloid-ß 42/40 ratio and inflammation biomarkers. The patients took Inflawell or placebo along with their regular dose of Acetychloinesterase inhibitor drugs for 6 months.
We are pleased to report such promising clinical results and believe that Inflawell might provide a safe adjunct natural therapy to help with managing memory loss in Alzheimer’s or aging-associated mild cognitive impairment, said Dr. Ali Riazi, Co-founder, and CEO of Kondor Pharma. Our analyses of inflammation biomarkers in the treatment group suggest that the mode of action is likely through reduction or inhibition of certain inflammation pathways.

Chronic Inflammation has been emerging as a cause or a major contributing factor in many conditions associated with aging such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and cognitive decline, and dementia. The underlying inflammatory processes start many years before disease symptoms appear. Therefore, managing chronic inflammation in the brain has been proposed as a valid strategy to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s. For years researchers have been trying to treat Alzheimer’s by targeting Amyloid-ß and Tau proteins, but these attempts have been futile.

Kondor Pharma is currently looking for partners that are interested to help make Inflawell available globally. Together we can help prevent diseases through natural ways and before they lead to debilitating conditions including Alzheimer’s.

Neuroinflammation & Functional Connectivity in Alzheimer’s Disease

Neuroinflammation

Neuroinflammation is becoming more center staged in Alzheimer’s. A research article published today in the Journal of Neuroscience demonstrated for the first time that neuroinflammation interrupts the neuronal connectivity in Alzheimer’s patients. The investigation led by Dr. Rowe at Medical Research Council, Cambridge UK, used brain imaging and biomarkers analysis. The study further proves the functional role of inflammation in the symptoms seen in Alzheimer’s patients. 

The main ingredient used in Kondor Pharma’s lead product, Inflawell, has been shown to reduce inflammation in a clinical trial (Baram et al. 2019; and therefore may be useful for slowing down the process of memory loss associated with aging.