Did you know that certain herbs can actually improve brain health and enhance your cognitive functioning? These incredible brain function supplements are often called “nootropics” or “cognitive enhancers” and they have been studied extensively for their ability to improve memory, creativity, focus, and energy in healthy individuals.
An intensely energy demanding organ, the brain consumes about 20% of the body’s total energy reserves. The significant energy requirements of the brain are due to the fact that it is constantly maintaining and managing the health of neurons, ensuring that they are properly signaling, receiving, and processing information.
If the body is unable to provide enough energy to the brain, or if the brain’s metabolic efficiency weakens, then symptoms of brain fog and mental fatigue may surface. Furthermore, low brain energy levels are consistently linked to various states of cognitive decline and brain degeneration.
One of the ways that nootropic herbs may support brain energy is by enhancing metabolic activity of mitochondria, the powerhouses of brain cells (and other cells), helping to transport fatty acid material into brain cells, where they fuel mitochondria, and increasing cerebral uptake of oxygen and nutrients, supplying the brain with “fuel” for energy production.
Nootropics may also improve the circulation of blood to the brain by promoting nitric oxide activation and relaxation of blood vessels, inhibiting homocysteine and oxidative damage on blood vessels, and making blood cells less likely to clump. They may also support preservation of neuronal structure and/or function by increasing the brain’s antioxidant capacity, helping to fight formation of irregular protein clusters (amyloids), clearing brain tissue of neurotoxins, and protecting the brain against the negative effects of stress.
Being such an important organ in the body, and one that demands much of the body’s energy and nutrients, it is important to support the health of the brain with lifestyle, nutrition, and cognitive enhancing herbs. For this reason, our Zuma Nutrition team has developed a powerful nootropic supplement, created specifically to support focus and brain function. This effective supplement is formulated with a broad spectrum of brain enhancing herbal ingredients, helping to support and nourish your brain cells, providing oxygenation and increased memory potential.
Herbs Included our Brain Flow formula:
Gingko Biloba—Native to China, where it has long been used to improve blood circulation, this herb contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, which are compounds known for their strong antioxidant effects.
Gotu Kola—An Ayurvedic herb used for brain function and known traditionally as the “herb of longevity,” gotu kola has the ability to enhance memory and nerve function.
Periwinkle—A perennial herb long used for improving brain health by increasing blood circulation in the brain, supporting brain metabolism, increasing mental productivity, preventing memory and concentration problems, and preventing early aging of brain cells.
Water Hyssop—Also known as Bacopa, this herb has been prized for thousands of years among practitioners of Ayurveda as a nootropic, supporting mental performance. Bacopa is associated with learning, memory, concentration, and knowledge, and studies show it offers antioxidant support to the brain, and may support both short and long-term brain health for people in all stages of life. It also has great potential to support cognition, especially attention, and processing speed.
Ashwaghanda—An adaptogenic herb used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, known to boost brain function, lower blood sugar and cortisol levels, and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression, among other things. Research has shown that it promotes antioxidant activity that protects nerve cells from harmful free radicals, and test-tube and animal studies suggest that ashwagandha may mitigate memory and brain function problems caused by injury or disease.
Ginseng—An herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginseng has been shown to enhance mental health and protect the brain from various disorders. It also contains healthy compounds like ginsenosides and compound K, which could protect the brain against damage caused by free radicals.
Schizandra—Known as the “five flavor fruit,” this powerful medicinal herb has had over 200 compounds isolated from it, of which schizandra lignans have been widely used. In the central nervous system, Schizandra was found to improve learning and memory.
Skullcap—Traditionally used as a nervine, meaning that it supports the nervous system. It’s thought that American skullcap positively impacts mood and reduces anxiety by stimulating gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that helps calm nerves.
This potent herbal formula is one of the best supplements to improve brain function. Containing a synergistic blend of herbs that have been well studied by modern researchers, and have been used traditionally for centuries, our Brain Flow formula may help the brain form new nerve connections, help with memory and motor function by increasing acetylcholine level, dissolve cellular debris that builds up in your brain cells, and increase oxygen levels and blood flow to the brain. When used alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle, this formula can offer many benefits to the body and brain, allowing you to experience life with greater energy, focus, and mental clarity.