Supporting Brain Health with Supplements October 30, 2015
You already know that estrogen dominance affects your energy, your waistline, and your libido, but what effect does it have on your brain? A variety of evidence suggests a link between estrogen dominance and migraine headaches, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and decreased mental acuity. Recent research has also suggested that an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone levels may be a possible precursor to Alzheimer's disease. In addition, some studies offer evidence that bioidentical progesterone can play an important role in promoting and enhancing repair after traumatic brain injury or stroke.
Most physicians and the public do not realize that age-related hormone level decline is a pivotal variable impacting memory, learning and overall cognitive function. Many people believe that memory loss, or even Alzheimer's, is an unavoidable consequence of aging, but it's not! There are millions of hormone receptor sites throughout the body, including the brain. When production of needed hormones declines due to the aging of the ovary or testes, your brain's hormone receptors go lacking, and the result is impaired mental activity. Maintaining optimum hormone balance no matter your age is a critical first step to supporting optimum cognitive function for life.
In addition, consider discussing some of these supplements with your clinicians:
Phosphatidylserine is a fat-soluble phospholipid found in high concentrations in the brain and nervous tissue. Phosphatidylserine is a precursor for nerve cell function and helps to support normal cognitive and nervous system function. Phosphatidylserine is used clinically to enhance memory.
Pregnenolone is important for the function of brain, nervous tissue, liver, pancreas, reproductive tissues, pituitary and skin. Pregnenolone is found in higher concentrations in the central nervous system compared to the peripheral tissues which may reflect its importance in brain function. As with many hormones, pregnenolone production declines with age. It is estimated that pregnenolone production is about 60% less at age 75 than at age 35. Pregnenolone levels may also decline under various conditions of physiological stress, such as acute and chronic infections and trauma.
Sharp Memory is a unique combination of nutrients and botanicals that supports cognitive function and a healthy memory. It features select B vitamins, including Quatrefolic®, a patented form of 5-MTHF; the herbs Gingko biloba and Bacopa monniera; nutrients that provide antioxidant activity; and brain-specific nutrients such as vinpocetine, acetyl-L-carnitine, and sunflower-derived phosphatidylserine. This comprehensive formula addresses the multiple pathways involved in neurological health by supporting oxidant and cytokine balance, methylation, mitochondrial function, and endocrine balance.