The idea of giving your brain a little boost can be very appealing. Students, busy professionals and ageing adults concerned about cognitive decline all face the need and desire for nutritional BRAIN support. This is why the use of "nootropics", sometimes referred to as "smart drugs" or "cognitive enhancers" are on the rise.
The term "nootropics" was first used in reference to specific chemicals, but today it has evolved to include a much broader set of micronutrients with a positive impact on cognitive health and wellbeing. In that sense, almost everyone uses a nootropic at some point, whether its knowingly or not. The best example is caffeine, which is a natural stimulant shown to improve mental alertness, short-term memory and learning. However, many people prefer the clear, non-jittery qualities of nootropics without caffeine. Self Supplements Immunity + Brain delivers an effective combination of alpha-GPC, vitamins B6, B12, acai berry, L-Tyrosine and L-Theanine for enhanced focus, memory and alertness.
It's almost impossible to have a conversation about nootropics and cognitive health supplements without referring at some point to alpha-GPC. Alpha GPC (L-alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine), is a natural choline compound which is one of the most important chemicals for maintaining proper brain function. It helps increase the production of acetylcholine, cell membrane phospholipids and possibly dopamine and calcium. Athletes also rely on Alpha-GPC for improved power and output.(1)
Self Supplements are all about multifunctional ingredients and benefits working in concert.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that occurs in black and green teas that complements the effects of alpha-GPC. It is believed to contribute to high quality mental alertness void of the anxiety and jitteriness often associated with caffeine. It may have an effect on reducing levels of chemicals like corticosterone that are linked to memory loss, stress, anxiety and age-related cognitive damage. L-theanine also appears to trigger the release of alpha-waves, which enhances relaxation, focus, and creativity without sedating.(2) Likewise, L-Tyrosine is an essential amino acid used to support better learning, memory, and alertness, especially during stressful situations.(3)
Vitamins B6 and B12 are important micronutrients required for the proper function of sugars, fats, and proteins in the body. They contribute to the growth and development of the brain, nerves, skin, and other parts of the body. (4)(5) They may indirectly help with brain function by lowering levels of homocysteine, as high levels of this protein in the body have been linked with a higher incidence of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive decline.(6)
Acai berry is abundant in the antioxidant anthocyanin, which has been shown to improve memory, lower oxidative stress and inflammation and promote cognitive health.
Together, these ingredients may provide a cleaner and effective way to "find your focus".
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Disclaimer: The information has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA and was provided as an educational resource, not medical advice. Please consult your medical care practitioner with any questions.