Memory Blend with Bacopa monnieri and medicinal Lion’s mane mushroom extract
Our new Memory Blend features our high potency medicinal Lion’s mane, Chaga and Synapsa natural memory support, a patented, standardized form of Bacopa monnieri that has been the subject of more than 35 years of clinical study. Bacopa monieri is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
Lion’s mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) are white, globe-shaped fungi that have long, shaggy spines. People can eat them or take them in the form of supplements. Research suggests that they may offer a range of health benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved cognitive and heart health.
Asian cultures use these mushrooms regularly for medical and culinary purposes. It can be found in health food stores as an extract in supplement form, and it is sold as a fungus. Both are beneficial to health.
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While most cognitive health supplements focus on the issue of cognitive decline – mainly in an aging population – the studies behind Synapsa (Bacopa) focus on ‘peak cognitive performance’ outcomes that offer benefits for a much broader public. In six double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies, healthy adults using Synapsa showed significantly improved performance in areas such as visual processing, learning rate, working memory, information retention and mental performance in cognitively demanding environments versus a placebo regimen.
In Ayurvedic medicine extracts of Bacopa monnieri, a plant we know as “water hyssop,” have long been used with claims of memory and cognitive function improvement. This is of interest to researchers because of our aging population, and goodness knows, we could use some brain function improvement in the world. There actually have been several proper clinical trials carried out, all showing some signs of improvement. In the latest study, 81 healthy Australians over the age of 55 were treated either with Bacopa or a placebo. After 12 weeks, Bacopa significantly improved verbal learning and some aspects of memory on standardized tests, but that does not necessarily mean that Bacopa extracts have a significant effect when it comes to daily life. Except for one. Subjects taking the extract were more likely to suffer from increased stool frequency, abdominal cramps and nausea. Like any plant product, Bacopa contains numerous compounds, including a variety of triterpene glycosides that can enhance nerve impulse transmission and possibly affect brain function. Perhaps those that have specific activity can be isolated, standardized and used as a true memory pill. Dr. Oz has spoken favourably about the Bacopa extracts now available, but his claim that Bacopa can make you smarter is kind of dumb.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Supplements are known for their cognitive support.. If you are interested in using it for focus benefits, make sure you are getting an organic fruiting body that has been properly extracted. Avoid any lion’s mane that lists mycelium as an ingredient. It means you’re buying the growing medium, typically oats or rice, and if it hasn’t been extracted your body can’t access all the beneficial compounds that actually contribute cognitive benefits. Look for the real mushroom (fruiting body) that has been extracted multiple times and is organic. Brainfood uses only organic fruiting bodies in our products.
Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is one of the most potent antioxidants on the planet. It measures higher on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) than other well known antioxidant rich foods as the acai berry, baobab and turmeric root (1).
Chaga has been shown to be protective against Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration and inflammation by acting as an antioxidant and upregulating the Nrf2 pathway–one of the key anti inflammatory pathways in the body (2).