Can You Boost Your Brain Power with BHRT and Supplements? February 21, 2017
Your brain is the largest and most important organ in your body -- without it, "you" cannot function! But it needs support to function optimally. Balanced hormones and nutritional supplements can provide powerful brain support.Your brain is made up of trillions of nerve cells called neurons. Each neuron has branching tentacles called "dendrites" for receiving information, and a tail-like tentacle called an "axon," for sending information. The spaces between neurons are called synapses. These synapses act as communication pathways for chemicals called neurotransmitters, which relay information between brain cells. Neurotransmitters operate like a series of switches, turning on and off to activate neurochemical pathways. This the command center of your body, which operates and maintains all kinds of processes from stress management, to temperature regulation, to a woman's menstrual cycle (yes, that happens in the brain!) Hormones secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary, and the ovary work together to regulate a woman's menstruation.
Hormone imbalances can have serious effects on the brain. Concentrations of estrogens, progesterone, pregnenalone, testosterone, DHEA, and other hormones can be higher in the brain than in the bloodstream. Hormones directly affect neurotransmitters, and neurotransmitters directly affect your memory and cognitive abilities. That is why your hormones must be in balance for your brain to function at its best! A combination of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and targeted supplements offers the best approach for lifelong brain health. Pregnenalone, for example, has been shown to support a balanced mood and promote cognitive health by modulating the transmission of messages between neurons, influencing learning and memory processes. Magnesium plays a role in more than 300 metabolic processes, and is vital for healthy cognition, including long and short-term memory, learning, stress management, and sleep. Low levels of Vitamin D have been shown to sharply increase risk of dementia. And Omega-3s also have beneficial effects on brain cell structure.
(1) To keep your neurotransmitters nourished and functioning well, one of the most important steps is to maintain optimal hormone balance using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This ensures that your brain receives optimal amounts of the hormones that it needs to function well. Have your levels of estrogen, progesterone, pregnenalone, testosterone, and DHEA checked regularly, and re-balance your levels only with bioidenticals, which have the same "relative binding affinity" (RBA) for the hormones your body naturally produces.
(2) Talk to your medical provider about any brain-related nutrient or hormone deficiencies that are revealed in your bloodwork. This helps determine which supplements will best boost your brain health, such as Magnesium, Pregnenalone, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, and various antioxidants. For example, research continues to show a link between low Vitamin D and dementia, so keeping adequate levels is important!
(3) Engage in regular physical exercise: in general, anything that is good for your heart is also good for your brain. Exercise provides more oxygen to the brain, and also helps release hormones that aid in the growth of new brain cells. Here are several interesting studies (1, 2, 3) that show how exercise can improve memory and cognition.
Using BHRT and key supplements, as well as engaging in regular physical exercise can make a significant difference in how your brain functions as you age. If you have questions about how to improve your brain health, give us a call at the Ageless & Wellness Medical Center! You can check out our brain-boosting supplements in person by visiting the Wellness Store in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, or anytime online by typing "brain" in the search bar at our online store. We wish you WELL!