What is bacopa anyway?

You’ve probably never heard of the medicinal plant, Bacopa monniera, which is an Indian herb that has been used in Ayurvedic alternative health care for centuries.  And that’s ok—its why we are writing this article for you.  It’s definitely something you should put on your radar screens because Bacopa monniera is an all-natural brain health and performance enhancer that helps to improve memory and focus.

Bacopa contains natural nutrients called bacosides which help to improve the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain and also have adaptogenic properties.  Adaptogens are substances that help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. In addition, bacosides have been clinically shown to have antioxidant properties which may provide protection against the damaging effects of free radicals in the brain.

If you are interested, there is a good article on Livestrong.com that summarizes the benefits of taking bacopa here.

recent research study conducted in 2017 found that bacopa, which helps support memory and concentration, inhibits inflammatory pathways in the brain. The study concluded that Bacopa inhibits the release of inflammatory cytokines from microglial cells and inhibits enzymes associated with inflammation in the brain.

Bacopa is one of the active ingredients in Laser, our daily nootropic brain health supplement. https://supplematix.com/laser/

To Your Health!

The Supplematix Team

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Ketogenic Diets and Brain Health

Ketogenic diets seem to be all the rage these days, but we haven’t seen much information out there about how these diets affect brain health, so here we go.

What are ketogenic diets anyway?

In the most basic terms, a ketogenic diet is one that is very low in carbohydrate consumption, and high in fats, which paradoxically leads the body to burn more fat for energy.   If this sounds familiar to the once popular Atkins diet, it is, with the only real difference that the ketogenic diet is done all at once and not in phases like Atkins. Now the people at Atkins will have you believe that the Atkins diet is tried and true since its been around for 40+ years, while the ketogenic diet is a newcomer to the field. We are going to leave that one to your best judgment.

Ketogenic diets bring about the process of ketosis, which is a process under which your liver, when deprived of carbohydrates, turns fat into fatty acids and substances called ketones instead to create energy.   While this diet probably will help you lose weight fast, safety and sustainability are open issues. Because its such a restrictive diet in terms of the types of foods that you can eat, you never know when your body and mind just gives up and you go on an all night cookie binge. And, there are no long term studies to indicate what effects this diet may have on your health over the long haul.

So does my brain get “bigger” on a ketogenic diet?

Ok, so we’ve covered the basics of what a ketogenic diet is, but does it have any benefits for brain health? The short answer is we don’t know—there isn’t a lot of medical guidance out there to show what, if any, impacts this diet has on brain health or performance.   But our science team ferreted an interesting article on Scientific American that explains this very topic—you can read the article here.

To summarize, there is a good amount of promising anecdotal data, but there are no large, placebo-controlled trials to bear this out. Many neurological diseases exhibit a common problem—deficiencies in production of energy to fuel the brain, so the ketogenic diet definitely may help with that since the brain can derive energy from ketosis just as it would from a normal diet or metabolic processes. Also, ketones may have a direct impact on reducing a common neurological stress by increasing the activity of glutathione peroxidase, a well-known anti-oxidant.

We hope you found this helpful; there are no easy answers (surprise, surprise), but we try to give you the best information out there that we can. So, we will continue to monitor this issue. Stay tuned!

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Vitamins v. Supplements: What’s the Difference?

In this post, we want to explain what these two terms mean. This is not merely an exercise in wordplay­; as you’ll learn after reading through the post, there is an important distinction in terms of the huge impact that supplements can play in practicing preventative healthcare. And that’s really what vitamins and supplements are all about—something you take to make you healthier now and stay healthy for the future. Pharmaceuticals are very different—you take them to “fix” a problem you already have (and oftentimes, the fix is sometimes not a fix and something that creates even worse problems, aka side effects).

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“Smart Drugs:” A Primer

“Smart drugs,” also sometimes called nootropics, are all the rage in Silicon Valley.

Almost everyone has seen or heard of the pill in the movie Limitless that makes Bradley Cooper’s character a verifiable genius who goes from being a loser in a one room apartment to a Master of the Universe after taking a mysterious pill that supercharges his brain.  It’s too bad that this probably could only happen in a movie (at least for now!) but that doesn’t mean there aren’t supplements that can really improve your brain health!

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