Five Crucial Resources for Optimal Cognitive Function
Modern science knows that the human brain depends upon four well-known, crucial resources for optimal cognitive function, sharp thinking and superior memory retention: oxygen, glucose, omega-3 fatty acids and key vitamins and minerals.
But there’s a fifth crucial resource for achieving and maintaining optimal cognition and long-lasting memory as we age.
When that resource is compromised, “brain fog” often sets in. This means thinking becomes difficult. Memory problems begin to crop up. Poor concentration becomes the norm. Headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety can even set in.
Luckily, there’s a safe, natural substance known for greatly improving this fifth crucial resource. And it has over 100 clinical studies behind it, demonstrating its profound effectiveness and safety.
By Steve Barwick, President, Targeted Nutrients…
Sooner or later we all experience a situation where our concentration or memory isn’t so razor-sharp.
Wait…what did I come in here for?
Where did I put my keys?
What was I just saying?
Did I shut the garage door?
What time is that appointment?
Some people think this is simply a natural part of aging. But it may surprise you to learn that so-called “senior moments” can affect folks as young as 30 years old!
These little signs of forgetfulness and lack of focus are common and can affect just about anybody at any age. In fact, nearly 76 percent of Americans experience memory lapses and decreased alertness.
While medical experts agree that it is natural to experience some overall cognitive function decline and memory loss as you age, natural deterioration doesn’t mean you’re powerless to prevent brain drain from stealing your precious memories.
The fact is your brain needs nourishment to function properly – just like the rest of your body.
Four Crucial Resources for Optimal Cognitive Function
Modern science knows that the human brain depends upon four crucial resources for optimal cognitive function, sharp thinking and superior memory retention.
Those four resources are: Oxygen, glucose, omega-3 fatty acids and key vitamins and minerals.
While your brain weighs only two or three pounds, it consumes more oxygen, glucose, fats, vitamins and minerals than the rest of your body.
That’s because your brain is constantly working – it’s the master control center for your entire body. So its oxygen and related nutrient requirements are prodigious.
The Fifth Crucial Resource
But there’s a fifth crucial resource for achieving and maintaining optimal cognition and long-lasting memory as we age.
And unfortunately, that fifth factor is often overlooked by most people – even people who are involved in maximizing their health and well-being through natural means.
I’m talking about blood flow.
You see, you can ingest all of the specialized nutrients you want to help maximize cognitive function as you age – and they’ll certainly work – but only as long as you have enough blood flow to the brain to get these crucial nutrients into your brain cells in the quantities needed.
If you suffer from poor or otherwise restricted blood flow to the brain, the nutrients you take each day, and the nutrients you get from food, simply won’t get to the brain in sufficient quantities needed for activities like brain repair, building of new neurons, increased neuronal function and more.
And that means your starving brain simply won’t work nearly as well as it otherwise could.
“Brain Fog” and Other Symptoms
According to the Journal of Natural Longevity, symptoms of poor blood flow to the brain include:
- Poor concentration
- Memory problems
- Dizzy spells
All of these are symptoms of “brain fog” – the euphemism often used for age-related decline of mental function and cognition.
As noted health writer Erica Green has pointed out, poor blood flow to the brain starves the brain of the very specific resources it needs for optimized function. She writes:
“When your brain becomes resource-starved, your cognitive abilities begin to decline.
Your brain enters self-preservation mode, and stops doing the least important functions so that the most important ones, the ones that literally keep you alive, can continue uninterrupted.
This is the point at which you may feel what some call “brain fog” descend on you.
For example, you may find yourself reading the same paragraph three or four times, unable to concentrate or absorb the information. You may also find yourself feeling dizzy or suffering from frequent headaches.”
To keep your cognitive function maximized, it’s absolutely essential to achieve and maintain ideal blood flow to the brain.
Two Ways To Improve Blood Flow for Optimal Cognitive Function
Thankfully, there are two very natural ways to help restore and maintain optimal blood flow to the brain, so your brain doesn’t become deficient in the oxygen, glucose, fats and the specific brain nutrients it needs for healthy and sustained function.
The most obvious of these two natural ways to achieve and maintain optimal blood flow to the brain is to engage in mild to moderate exercise.
We’ll talk about that briefly. Then we’ll move on to the second way to achieve and maintain optimal blood flow to the brain – use of a very unusual brain-boosting and memory-enhancing nutritional supplement most people have probably never heard of. And no, it’s not Ginkgo Biloba.
1) Start with Mild Exercise!
In a recent clinical study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, elderly humans averaging 68 years of age were studied to see what effect mild exercise like dancing might have on brain function.
The researchers found that both dancing and traditional mild exercise offset the normal brain shrinkage brought about by aging and “led to an increase in the size of the hippocampus, the brain structure that controls learning, memory and balance.”
That means new brain neurons were grown, as well as new connections between them that allow for faster, sharper thinking. The researchers concluded that exercise like dancing “constitutes a promising candidate in counteracting the age-related decline in mental abilities.”
Why would something as innocuous as dancing help boost brain function and counteract the decline in mental abilities we all suffer from as we age?
Again, it’s quite simple. Exercise of any kind increases blood flow to the brain. And that increased blood flow brings with it the oxygen, glucose, fats and key brain nutrients needed for world-class brain function.
As a second witness to this fact, The New York Times published an article titled “For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving.”
That article was about another clinical study that found that physical activity “not only increases the number of new neurons in the brain, it also subtly changes the shape and workings of these cells in ways that might have positive implications for memory and even delaying the onset of dementia.”
The New York Times writer, Gretchen Reynolds, pointed out the following:
“…the brain is a dynamic, active organ in which new neurons and neural connections are created throughout life, especially in areas of the brain related to memory and thinking.
This process of creating new neurons, called neurogenesis, can be altered by lifestyle, including physical activity.
Many past studies have shown that in laboratory rodents, exercise doubles or even triples the number of new cells produced in adult animals’ brains compared to the brains of animals that are sedentary.”
But again, it wasn’t the mild exercise that increased the number of new neurons and neuronal connections in the brain. It was the increased blood flow brought about by the exercise, which flooded the brain with the crucial oxygen and nutrient elements needed for optimal brain function.
2) Boosting Brain Function with
That brings us to the second natural way to increase blood flow to the brain, boosting overall brain function: nutritional supplementation with a unique nutrient known as Vinpocetine (pronounced vin-PO-seh-teen).
Vinpocetine is a nutritional supplement that is derived from a natural, brain-boosting substance found in the Periwinkle plant. The Periwinkle plant has been used for centuries in folk medicine, both for memory loss and for circulatory disorders.
Indeed, the Periwinkle plant was first referred to for its medicinal qualities in the 1st century AD by the Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides who had written a 5-volume encyclopedia about herbal medicine that was widely followed by physicians for more than 1,500 years.
According to Livestrong.com, “The Latin name of periwinkle’s genus, Vinca, is derived from a word meaning ‘to overcome,’ and it’s been used since medieval times as a medicinal herb to manage a variety of ailments – particularly memory loss and overall mental function.”
Indeed, so strong is the ancient association of Periwinkle with memory enhancement, in folklore it’s said that even gazing upon the Periwinkle plant could restore lost memories.
Scientists now know that the Periwinkle plant has mild vasodilatory properties, meaning it has the ability to widen blood vessels. This makes them more ‘elastic’ in nature so that overall blood pressure in the body is reduced while blood flow to the brain is increased.
The natural, Periwinkle-derived substance in Vinpocetine has a long-touted ability to stave off or even reverse memory loss is likely directly related to its ability to increase blood flow to the brain, thus boosting overall brain function.
The main active ingredient in the Periwinkle plant turns out to be a substance called vincamine, from which Vinpocetine is derived, and is known for boosting brain function in many key, beneficial ways. According to the Herbal Resource Medicinal Herbs Index:
“…Vincamine has very specific actions on the blood flow to the brain…Studies have shown that patients suffering from poor memory, behavioral disorders, speech disturbances, irritability, restlessness, dizziness, and headaches showed significant improvement when administered vincamine.”
Again, as you can see, all of these brain-boosting benefits are due to the increased blood flow to the brain triggered by vincamine, the main active chemical in the Periwinkle plant from which Vinpocetine is derived.
Backed by Scientific Research…
Scientific research proves this remarkable memory enhancer can help slow mental decline…improve memory and recall…increase oxygen and blood flow throughout your body…and power up your brain – regardless of your age!
Vinpocetine is so powerful that Ward Dean, M.D., world-renowned expert in anti-aging and author of Smart Drugs and Nutrients, said the nutrient is “one of the few cognitive enhancers that I actually notice a positive difference when I take it.”
But Vinpocetine is not limited to use by older persons. Anecdotal evidence confirms college kids use it to improve alertness when studying for exams. Business professionals take the nutrient to maintain peak mental performance and cognitive vitality during working hours. And even doctors have used it to stay sharp when performing surgery and other complex tasks!
You see, these folks know that Vinpocetine helps boost mental clarity, improve thought processes, and helps increase the ability to focus and concentrate. And thankfully, medical science corroborates Vinpocetine’s profound brain-boosting qualities, as you’re about to see:
100 Clinical Studies Later,
Medical Science Now Agrees
The medical establishment often says you’re powerless to prevent age-related brain decline. But scientific evidence shows they’re wrong, Wrong, WRONG!
According to Dr. Ray Sahelian, M.D., an ardent Vinpocetine advocate, “There have been over 100 clinical studies demonstrating the positive effects of Vinpocetine on brain function.”
For example, he notes that:
“Researchers at the University of Surrey in England administered Vinpocetine to patients suffering from mild to moderate dementia. In this placebo-controlled, randomized double-blind trial 203 patients received Vinpocetine every day for 16 weeks.
They were given either 10 mg doses of Vinpocetine three times a day, 20 mg doses of Vinpocetine three times a day, or placebo three times a day.
Significant cognitive improvements were found in the active treatment groups compared to the placebo groups. Interestingly, the patients on the 10 mg doses performed even better than those on the higher 20 mg. doses.”
What’s more, according to Dr. Sahelian:
“In another double-blind clinical trial, Vinpocetine was shown to offer significant improvement in elderly patients with chronic cerebral dysfunction.
Forty-two patients received 10 mg. of Vinpocetine three times a day for thirty days, then 5 mg. three times a day for sixty days. Matching placebo tablets were given to another forty patients for the ninety-day trial period.
Patients on Vinpocetine scored consistently better in all cognitive evaluations.”
Other studies have demonstrated Vinpocetine’s astonishing beneficial effects for stroke victims. For example, one study demonstrated a 42% reduction in brain injury for stroke patients who were given Vinpocetine [Acta Pharm Hung. 2002;72(2):84-91].
And another study demonstrated that Vinpocetine interrupts the various stages of the ischemic cascade during strokes, meaning it helps prevent the ongoing damage to the brain that results from the stroke itself [Ideggyogy Sz. 2003 May 20;56(5-6):166-72].
A Superior Brain-Booster
Vinpocetine is truly a superior brain booster. In fact, in one study 62% of healthy subjects showed significant short-term memory improvement just 1 hour after taking 40 mg of Vinpocetine (Subhan, Hindmarch 1985)!
And the benefits of this amazing nutrient don’t end there. Medical studies also show Vinpocetine has been effectively used to:
- Accelerate the rate of learning by 40% (according to animal research)
- Increase levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy in the brain’s neurons
- Improve the brain’s use of glucose as fuel
- Increase short-term memory retention
- Improve symptoms of incontinence
- And much, much more!
Studies also show that Vinpocetine has an impressive safety record, supporting and enhancing brain function with no nasty side effects!
Foggy Thinking Clears!
Researchers at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England gave Vinpocetine to 203 patients suffering from mild to moderate dementia (Hindmarch 1991). In this 16-week, double-blind trial, the patients received either:
- 10 mg daily doses of Vinpocetine three times a day,
- 20 mg doses of Vinpocetine three times a day, or
- A placebo three times a day.
Scientists found that patients receiving the Vinpocetine showed statistically significant cognitive improvements compared to patients receiving the placebo!
Muffled Hearing Improves!
Vinpocetine was given to 20 patients, ages 18 to 42, who suffered hearing loss and tinnitus after experiencing acoustic trauma (Konopka et al 1997).
Within one week of the trauma, tinnitus disappeared in 50% of patients who took the nutrient. And 79% of patients had improved hearing regardless of the timing of the acoustic incident!
Dim Vision Sharpens!
One hundred patients suffering with hardened arteries received 20 mg of Vinpocetine daily to increase circulation in the eye vessels (Kahan, Olah 1976).
Researchers found that visual acuities improved by an average of 73% in 88 cases! And the improvement was even more significant – a whopping 267% – in cases of hardening or blockage in the central retinal artery!
Works Better, Faster than Ginkgo Biloba
For example, Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D., a Florida-based board-certified family physician who is also the associate editor of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association (JANA), says Vinpocetine is one of the mainstays of his practice when it comes to patients complaining of memory loss and mild cognitive impairment.
According to Dr. Wollschlaeger:
“All of the peer-reviewed studies I’ve seen found a significant improvement in cognitive function with Vinpocetine.
Until Vinpocetine, we physicians have had nothing to prevent cognitive decline. We only have drugs to treat after the fact. With safe, natural Vinpocetine, patients see comparatively rapid improvement in memory functions as well as enhancement of learning and recall and overall alertness.
Results are often seen in only seven to ten days. We don’t have to wait four or six or eight weeks, like with Gingko Biloba, to see results.
What’s more, there have been more than 100 clinical studies conducted on Vinpocetine, with over 30,000 patients, proving its safety and effectiveness.”
“Viagra for the Brain”
While the prescription erectile dysfunction drug Viagra improves blood flow to the penis, the nutrient in Vinpocetine derived from the Periwinkle plant improves blood flow to the brain, boosting overall brain function.
That’s why Dr. Ward Dean, M.D., co-author of the bestselling books Smart Drugs and Nutrients and Smart Drugs II, says Vinpocetine is like “Viagra for the brain.”
He states, “It’s one of the few cognitive enhancers that I actually notice a distinctly positive and uplifting difference when I take it.”
Dr. Dean says that Vinpocetine facilitates cerebral metabolism by improving cerebral microcirculation (i.e., blood flow to, and throughout, the brain). “What’s more,” he notes, “in brain cells it steps up the production of ATP, the cellular energy molecule, and increases utilization of glucose and oxygen, the brain’s two most critical fuels.”
And according to Dr. Steven Bratman, M.D., director of The Natural Pharmacist in Fort Collins, CO, and author of the Natural Health Encyclopedia and The Natural Health Bible:
“Vinpocetine aids memory and mental function, not only with mild memory loss and age-related cognitive impairment, but also with Alzheimer’s and related conditions. Most people begin to notice clearer, sharper thinking and recall within a few short days to a few short weeks time.”
In her book, Vinpocetine: Boost Your Brain Power With Periwinkle Extract, author Dr. Beth M. Ley writes:
“Research shows that Vinpocetine provides an astonishing array of benefits. It has a very powerful stimulating effect on memory. In Europe it is often used for the treatment of cerebral circulatory disorders that can cause such symptoms as memory loss, stroke, dizziness and even cerebro-vestibular (inner-ear) problems. Vinpocetine has even been demonstrated to improve visual acuity – that is to say, eyesight – in 70% of subjects tested.”
As you can see, increasing blood flow to the brain has a number of direct and proven benefits other than just cerebral enhancement.
Your Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Waste!
As you can see, thanks to Vinpocetine there’s no reason to consider memory loss as a “natural” part of aging. Vinpocetine provides amazing benefits to improve cerebral function.
This brain-boosting nutrient has been available in the United States for nearly 20 years as a nutritional supplement. And now the same high-grade nutrient used in clinical trials is available from Targeted Nutrients!
You need to know that many other companies sell inferior-quality Vinpocetine from China. And they’ll often charge nearly $30.00 for just 30, 10 mg capsules.
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Vinpocetine can help improve alertness and prevent you from sacrificing your mind, your memories, or your health to aging. It’s the ultimate “brain tonic” that can help restore and preserve your precious memories for years to come!
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Yours for better memory and health the safe, natural way…
Steve Barwick, President