Shaklee Mental Acuity Complex® teams Ginkgo biloba with hawthorn, bilberry, and rosemary – herbs that have circulatory protective properties – to help maintain such normal cognitive functions as memory and decision making and many other areas (see below).
Product literature lists the following information for Shaklee Mental Acuity Complex:
- Contains a standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba leaf (24% flavone glycosides, 6% terpene lactones)
- Three capsules provide 120 mg of ginkgo
- In recent studies conducted with older test subjects, ginkgo was shown to help maintain normal cognitive functions, such as memory and decision making
- It’s believed that Ginkgo biloba extract improves blood circulation to all areas of the body, including the brain, thereby increasing mental acuity and reducing absentmindedness
- Also contains hawthorn, bilberry, and rosemary: important herbs with protective properties
Take Mental Acuity after the first incidence of forgetting where you left your keys!
On April 2nd, 2013, congress proposed a forward-thinking, $100 million research program designed to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. The BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative seeks to identify how brain cells and neural circuits interact through diet and the environment in order to inform the development of future treatments for brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. Of course out interest is in prevention of these and other conditions. Shaklee Mental Acuity is perfectly positioned to provide the foundational support for keeping a healthy and active brain well into advanced age. Mapping genetic pathways and altering diet and lifestyle habits to bring about better brain health is the exciting field of neurogenomics and one that I am implementing in my nutritional practice.
The nervous system is made up of two major types of cells – neuroglial cells and neurons. Hundreds of different types of neurons exist in humans, with varying functions – some of them process external stimuli; others generate a response to stimuli; others organize in centralized structures (brain,spinal ganglia) that are responsible for cognition, perception, memory, and regulation of motor functions. Neurons in these centralized locations tend to organize in giant networks and communicate extensively with each other. Defects in chemical processing within these cells is due to genetic code variations. While some gene alterations may produce an Einstein, the majority are now found to hinder rather than help our overall health. Since the human genome study unraveled over 450 “addresses and codes” for illness, we find that only nutrition can suppress the “bad” genes while promoting the good genes. This gene expression is termed epigenomics and is controlled by diet, environment and stress.
In order to communicate to our higher brain, our bodies use symptoms, whether mental or physical, to tell us that we are ill. But to understand the meaning behind those symptoms, we must listen to and understand another language through which our imbalanced physiology speaks – biochemistry. Laboratory testing is one way those nutrition biochemical messages can be made audible.
Further areas where Ginkgo biloba shines includes:
How To Get a Neurogenomic Profile
A simple mailing kit is sent to our patients containing a buccal swab and transport test tube. The buccal swab (Q-Tip) is designed to collect some loose cells in your mouth. Brush your teeth the night before the test. Do not eat any food after you have brushed your teeth. Upon awakening for the day of collection, do not brush your teeth, eat or drink anything prior to the sample collection. After swabbing the inside of your cheek for 10 to 15 seconds, place the swab in the test tube media and send directly to the genetic testing lab. I will go over your report and have a consult over those dietary and supplement factors that can bring out the best in your brain chemistry.