Mental decline can begin relatively early in adult life, due to a variety of causes. These causes include neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Cerebrovascular disease and senescent changes in the brain and nervous system. Impairments in mental agility can vary greatly from episodes of simple forgetfulness or “blocking of thoughts”, through to complete states of mental vegetation or dementia. The elderly population is exploding in numbers in Western society. Up to one in four of these elite citizens suffer from varying degrees of poor brain function. Although these disorders of general cognitive decline are commonly viewed as an inevitable consequence of old age, there are several natural first-line options that can be used to help maintain “cognitive vitality” (good brain function). There are many risk factors for poor brain function. The risks include: cardiovascular disease, chronic stress, poor diet, lack of both physical and “brain” exercises and head injury.
Population studies show that diets high in saturated fats and low in Omega-3 fatty acids (which are commonly found in fish oil) may contribute to cognitive decline. It is important for many people who seek cardiovascular and brain vascular health to consider increasing the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids in their diets, by eating fish and/or by taking high quality fish oil supplements (see CLINICAL EPA/ DHA FORTE™).
While some interventions for improving brain function are obvious, others are so obvious that are often overlooked. Sleep deprivation, for example, causes both physical and mental disability, largely because it disturbs biological rhythms, affects cognitive function and causes hormone imbalances (see CLINICAL SLEEP™). Physical exercise also confers benefits on general body health and mental function. The type and amount of exercise required for health in mature people does not have to be strenuous, but it will differ greatly among individuals. Exercise should be undertaken on a regular basis, at a level matched to aerobic fitness.
While the body needs to be exercised and kept in peak condition, the brain requires “exercise” by activity that challenges thought processes. Games such as chess, crossword puzzles or simple arts and crafts can serve as “mind exercises.” In fact, there are studies showing that people who engage in these types of activities (“mind exercises”) are less likely to develop advances in Alzheimer’s disease.
Dietary supplements are commonly used in conjunction with these aforementioned positive lifestyle exercises as a natural approach to the nutritional support of healthy cognitive function. The idea that single supplements or natural substances can support the complex structures and functions of the brain is an incomplete approach to the nutritional support of brain function. Clinical Cognition™ is a complex combination
of bran supporting nutrients that have an evidence base for nutritional support of the structure and function of the central nervous system. Clinical Cognition™ supports brain function with:
– N-Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI, Lecithin, Alpha GPC, Turmeric Root, Green Tea, Ginkgo Biloba, Phosphatidyl Serine, DHA, Vinpocetine, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
There is no intention in this description of Clinical Cognition ™ to claim disease treatment or prevention, but some of the contents of this product are used in prescription drugs in some countries.