According to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the human brain uses more energy than any other organ, including the heart.
After all, it’s the master control organ for the entire body. It never stops working, even when you sleep. And the primary source of cellular energy in the brain is a nutrient known as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which the brain requires in prodigious quantities every single minute of every single day.
Here’s what you need to know about how ATP could help you reach and maintain peak brain performance as you age…
By Steve Barwick, President, Targeted Nutrients…
Did you know that adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, is critical to brain function? Indeed, it’s the second-most important molecule involved in brain function, next to oxygen.
According to Dr. Richard Passwater, Ph.D., natural health advisor to professional athletes and movie stars, ATP is one of the most important nutrients for the aging brain. He writes:
“ATP enhances the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the brain, and stimulates the removal of waste products.”
But that’s not all it does – not by a long shot.
The More ATP in Your Brain,
the Better It Works!
For example, when researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School conducted a study to determine to what extent ATP levels were linked to improved brain function, they were stunned to find that:
“Consistently high ATP levels are needed not only for the efficient firing of neurons in the brain, but also for the brain’s little-understood ‘housekeeping’ activities – i.e., its ability to self-repair any damage to brain cells and tissues, and to help keep brain tissue alive and functioning at optimal levels as we age.”
Later, another clinical study conducted under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated that higher functioning brains contain up to 50% more ATP than normal brains.
In other words, the more ATP you have in your brain, the better your brain works. According to the researchers, it’s a plain and simple correlation: With more ATP, you’ll enjoy sharper memories…greater clarity of thought…greater ability to “think on one’s feet”…and far less “brain drain” throughout the course of a day.
Today, there’s no argument that peak brain health and performance is largely dependent upon the presence of copious amounts of ATP. According to Dr. Barry Sears, M.D.:
“Without adequate levels of ATP, your brain has an energy drain and its function decreases… Below a critical level of ATP production, brain cells can begin to die.”
In other words, ATP is foundational to optimal brain health, well-being and function.
Researchers have only recently discovered that ATP also works as a neurotransmitter in the brain – it helps brain cells to communicate and control each other. In fact, according to Dr. Sarah Myhill, M.D.:
“Other brain neurotransmitters won’t work unless they’re accompanied by a molecule of ATP.”
According to physician’s assistant David Overton, this means the brain’s main energy source also serves as the language between brain cells, helping them communicate smoothly and efficiently with each other for faster and more efficient thinking.
ATP Improves Brain Energy, Functionality and Mood
What’s more, according to board-certified nutritionist Byron J. Richards, ATP levels in the brain largely determine how effectively you communicate with others, as well as the quality of your mental and emotional state:
“The brain’s glial cells use ATP to communicate. And glial cells are the primary regulators of neurons; they must have ATP to tell neurons what to do.
This means that your brain uses energy to communicate. If you run low on energy your brain does not communicate and your neurotransmitters do not flow in an optimal way.
In short, your overall supply of energy in the form of ATP is the single-most important factor determining the health of your mind and mood.
…If you don’t have enough ATP on hand you will feel irritable, tired, have a poor mind, and it will seem like the burden of stress is causing wear and tear.”
Indeed, according to the University of Pennsylvania researchers, the central nervous system – which is comprised of both the brain and the spinal cord – “requires a constant input of ATP” for energy.
And according to the prestigious Scientific American, “It’s well established that the brain uses more energy than any other human organ” and that “the primary source of that energy is ATP.”
The researchers also pointed out that “the metabolic rate of the brain” (i.e., the rate that energy is produced and utilized in the brain) is “closely correlated with physiological function.” In other words, if you want improved, or even to achieve peak brain performance, you simply must increase your brain’s levels ATP.
What’s more, without ATP there can be no neurogenesis taking place in the brain, meaning no formation of new brain cells. And there can be no brain repair, either. As pointed out by Dr. Sarah Myhill, M.D.:
“The brain creates a million new connections every second. This means there is huge potential for healing and repair; it is simply a case of moving things in the right direction. But the brain has to have the optimum energy supply to allow this process to happen! And ATP is the energy supply it depends upon.”
Dr. Myhill concludes by saying,
“Improve ATP levels in your brain, and you’ll improve all aspects of brain function. Indeed, improving ATP delivery is the best treatment for low mood and depression.”
The bottom line is that in order for your brain to work at peak efficiency and effectiveness, it needs ATP – and lots of it. Without ATP, brain energy and related brain function gradually grind to a halt, just like a car sputtering out of gas on the freeway.
2 Other Vital Brain Nutrients for a Sharp Mind and Strong Brain
As you can see, your brain is extremely sensitive to nutritional deficiencies, but those deficiencies are not limited to a lack of sufficient levels of ATP. In fact, it has some very specific and unique nutrient requirements that, when met, allow it to function at optimal levels. Neurons fire faster and smoother. Thinking becomes easier. Memory is no longer a struggle. The mind becomes razor sharp. Brain chemicals that promote feelings of happiness and well-being are also triggered in the presence of these specific nutrients.
But what are these other nutrients?
Methylcobalamin: The Body’s “Brain and Energy Vitamin”
According to Dr. Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O., author of Could it Be B-12: An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis, not only can low vitamin B-12 levels in the brain make your memory fuzzy, cause cognitive difficulties and even mimic Alzheimer’s disease, but a deficiency in can also directly impair the function of the vital nerve cells in your brain that control how you feel, think and behave.
In fact, vitamin B-12 is so important to good mental health and optimal brain function, a long-term deficiency “can cause severe mental illness including depression, paranoia and symptoms resembling schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.” What’s more, according to Dr. Stuart, “…anyone, at any age, can be a victim of a B-12 deficiency.”
In people over 40, low levels of vitamin B-12 have been tied directly to declining brain function (see August 2012 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society). In fact, in recent studies, researchers from the USDA and Tufts University have demonstrated that even a mild deficiency of vitamin B-12 can indicate ongoing cognitive decline.
Other recent clinical studies have shown that older adults who are deficient in vitamin B-12 face a 50% greater propensity toward brain shrinkage and related cognitive deficiency than those who are not deficient in the vitamin – another crucial reason to maintain as reasonably high levels of B-12 as possible in the body and brain as we age.
According to natural health experts, the solution to keeping your brain’s levels of B-12 at therapeutic levels is to always use the much rarer but far more bio-active co-enzyme form of B-12 known as methylcobalamin.
According to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacological Therapeutics:
“…methylcobalamin is the only form of vitamin B-12 that can cross the blood brain barrier without biotransformation. Its methyl group stimulates serotonin creation, a neurotransmitter which is responsible for mood enhancement and protects the brain from damage against excitotoxins.”
In other words, the correct form of B-12 – the active co-enzyme methylcobalamin form – goes directly to work in the brain triggering neurotransmitters that are responsible for elevated mood, quick-thinking and protection against brain damage from toxins.
Thankfully, because the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B-12 is so powerful, most people notice improved brain function and a sharper mind within the very first few days of taking it. It not only boosts mood and mental clarity, and improves brain function, but it also protects the aging brain against the otherwise devastating effects of exitotoxins that can kill brain cells.
Glucoronolactone: Nature’s “Nirvana Compound”
While little-known to the general public, this all-natural metabolite of glucose has actually been around in supplement form since the 1960’s when it was given to U.S. troops during the dark days of the Vietnam war as a natural means of uplifting mood and morale while relieving mental stress and depression. Known as nature’s “nirvana compound,” glucoronolactone promotes brain energy, enhanced mental clarity and mild euphoria.
According to Brian D. Evans, author of How to Become Super Smart and Get Limitless Memory, glucuronolactone is a little-known “smart nutrient” that “works to fight fatigue and provide an overall sense of well-being.”
Jonathan Samson, M.D., Ph.D., says, “What’s known about glucuronolactone is that it allows an amazing natural energy increase, heightening both mood and mental clarity simultaneously.”
In other words, glucoronolactone is both ergogenic (i.e., performance, energy and stamina-enhancing) andeuphoragenic (i.e., pleasure-inducing). It boosts brain energy and function and helps induce feelings of well-being or even mild euphoria by triggering your body’s “happy” brain chemicals.
The brain-boosting and mood-boosting benefits of glucoronolactone are so impressive, ex-Google employee Michael Brandt and Glassmap founder Geoffrey Woo, both Stanford graduates, admit to using it as part of their regular morning “nootropic brain stack” for achieving peak brain performance. And glucoronolactone was even featured for its brain-boosting and mood-enhancing benefits on ABC TVs Shark Tank.
According to Health Monthly,
“Glucuronolactone delivers a valuable energy boost for the brain…giving you an extra edge to enhance your focus and concentration.”
And according to Nootriment.com,
“Glucoronolactone reduces sleepiness, increases focus, lightens the mood and quickens reaction times.”
Finally, according to NutriScience,
“Studies suggest that glucuronolactone…promotes mental performance and positive mood as well. When given glucuronolactone in a clinical study, subjects showed significant improvements in reaction time, concentration, and memory.”
As a bonus to the mood-boosting and energy-enhancing benefits of glucoronolactone, it’s also known to be one of the human body’s most important metabolites, being intimately involved in fatty acid synthesis, nucleotide synthesis, and amino acid synthesis – which could help explain some of its profoundly uplifting qualities on both mental and physical performance.
In other words, virtually all of your body’s metabolic building blocks are directly or indirectly aided by the presence of glucoronolactone, which means it’s needed for the very process of life, itself. What’s more, it’s completely natural. Glucoronolactone is made in the liver, out of glucose. And it can also be found in a variety of plant gums and other natural sources – it’s even in wine, in small amounts.
Plus, it’s one of the body’s most important natural detoxifiers, being demonstrated in clinical trials to convert toxic substances – including drugs like morphine and codeine, or harmful chemical substances such as xenoestrogens, pollutants, toxins, and carcinogens – into harmless water-soluble substances which can then be easily excreted through the kidneys rather than building up in the body.
In a nutshell, glucoronolactone is a powerful nutritional metabolite of glucose that helps to achieve peak brain performance, provides a profound sense of physical and mental well-being, increases stamina, improves metabolism, and detoxifies the liver – all at the same time.
The Bottom Line
If you want to experience and maintain peak brain performance…astonishing clarity of mind…lightning-fast thinking…improved mood and mental outlook …and the very best brain function possible…then you should feed your brain the specific nutrients it needs to function at its very highest levels and maintain the very best level of health possible.
AMG from Targeted Nutrients contains an exclusive combination these three powerful, bio-active brain nutrients – ATP, Methylcobalamin and Glucoronolactone - which are scientifically proven to support brain health, sharpen the mind, and boost brain function, while helping the brain and body detoxify itself at the same time.
In a nutshell, you get:
- Adenosine triphosphate for maximum brain energy and quick-thinking (increases firing of neurons in the brain; gives the brain the energy it needs for self-repair)
- Methylcobalamin for increased motivation and mood, and enhanced brain and nervous system function and protection
- and Glucoronolactone for sustained mental pleasure, relaxation and mild euphoria.
When these three powerful all-natural nutrients are combined into a single supplement, you have one of the most cerebrally invigorating and uplifting nutritional formulas on the face of the earth.
Try AMG from Targeted Nutrients, right away, and you’ll discover why this astonishing new formula is rapidly becoming the “go to” brain enhancement supplement for…
- Men and women over 30, who are just beginning to experience mild cognitive decline (i.e., “brain farts,” “brain fog,” “senior moments,” low-level forgetfulness) and who wish to reverse these symptoms of poor brain function, nutritionally.
- People who have not yet begun to experience gradual cognitive decline, but want to take out some powerful nutritional “insurance” against it, so they can maintain their “thinker’s edge” into their older years.
- People who just need a nice mental lift from time-to-time.
- College students with a heavy course-work load who need to maintain peak brain performance (and mental well-being) for regular school studies as well as for “cramming” and exams.
- Stackers, bio-hackers, brain hackers and “smart nutrient” users – i.e., success-oriented people who work to optimally fine-tune their brains and bodies through nutrition and other natural means.
AMG is a bona-fide 21st century breakthrough in all-natural cognition-enhancing nutritional therapy because it invigorates the brain through three critical nutritional pathways targeting higher levels of brain energy, sustained and efficient peak brain performance and overall mood or mental outlook.
Where to Find AMG
It contains high levels of adenosine triphosphate for the promotion of optimal brain energy, brain function and self-repair.
In fact, you get a whopping 40 mg. of ATP, which is double what most other ATP supplements provide. And it’s therapeutic-quality, American-made ATP, not the cheap, Chinese-sourced stuff that barely works.
As a bonus, AMG also contains nearly 24 times the normal minimum daily recommended dosage of methylcobalamin, the active, co-enzyme form of vitamin B-12 known to easily cross the blood-brain barrier and help prevent brain shrinkage as you age while maintaining brain function at optimal levels.
Finally, in every capsule of AMG you also get a nice, heaping helping of glucoronolactone – an all-natural metabolite of glucose specifically used by the brain to help induce pleasure or even mild euphoria.
You’ll feel AMG’s astonishing array of benefits immediately because of its ability to boost the metabolism and increase the energy of every cell, tissue and organ in your brain. Unlike other brain supplements, you don’t have to wait for days, weeks or even months to feel the effects.
Yours for peak brain performance the safe, natural way…
Steve Barwick, President