Good mental health
means having good intellectual function as well as good mood balance.
Good intellectual function helps protect against various memory
disorders and dementias of old age. Good mood balance keeps us
from slipping into such emotional illnesses as anxiety and depression,
or other various types of mood swings. When we think of good
health, we often think only about our bodies and overlook our minds.
To be truly healthy however, we must have good mental health along
with good physical health.
mental health starts with a healthy brain. In order for the
brain to function properly, it must have an adequate supply of
necessary nutrients, a continuous supply of oxygenated blood, and
sufficient amounts of properly functioning neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are substances found in the brain that transmit
information from one nerve cell to the other, and are ultimately
responsible for all of the functions of our body and brain.
are numerous reasons why the brain may not function properly.
Nutritional deficiencies, especially B-vitamins and amino acids, can
be one cause. Free radical damage of cell membranes contribute
greatly to degenerative diseases and dementias of the brain as well.
An insufficient supply of blood to the brain due to poor circulation
is yet another cause of brain dysfunction and memory loss.
Insufficient or out of balance neurotransmitters can produce mood
swings, anxiety and depression.
There are many steps we can
take to ensure good mental help. A well-balanced diet and a wide
variety of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids
not only help supply the brain with the nutrients it needs to function
properly, but also help avert hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar) which
can aggravate mood swings and forgetfulness. Eliminating
caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and refined sugar also helps keep the
brain in balance. Plenty of exercise helps oxygenate the blood
better and improves blood circulation to the brain. Avoiding
exposure to environmental toxins, tobacco smoke, and stress reduces
the formation of damaging free radicals. Supplementing with high
quality vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and certain
herbs goes far in ensuring optimal mental health.
Wellness Plan for Support
|Well balanced diet|
Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements
B-complex, folic acid, inositol, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, selenium, boron, calcium, magnesium
Herbs and Phytonutrients
ginkgo biloba, rosemary, ginseng, fenugreek, gota kola, stinging nettle, brazil nut, phosphatidylserine, DMAE, huperzine
coenzyme Q10, vitamins C and E, n-acetylcarnitine, grape seed extract
Essential Fatty Acids
all omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
glutamine, phenylalanine, 5-HTP, tyrosine, taurine, GABA, glycine, asparagine, aspartic acid
Pharmacist's Product Recommendations for Support of Mental Health
These products are recommended by licensed
pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness
Brain Total Health
Comprehensive Daily Supplement
Brain Total Health is a high quality multiple vitamin and mineral supplement with added nutrients such as ginkgo biloba, coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, amino acids and choline that can be helpful in maintaining a healthy nervous system. They help the body and the mind to cope with life’s stressors. By providing the body with the building-blocks necessary for proper formation and balance of the brain’s chemicals, we can achieve a greater sense of well-being. We recommend this product to all persons wanting a comprehensive vitamin and mineral supplement to promote healthy brain function.
Brain Health Support
(with Ginkgo Biloba & Phosphatidyl Serine)
Helping the brain perform all of its chemical functions such as the formation of neurotransmitters is critical. Equally important is proper circulation which allows the brain and nervous system to function at its best. Our Brain Health Support contains the following herbs and nutrients:
- Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid essential to numerous body systems especially the brain. It helps to move nutrients into cells while removing waste, ultimately promoting clearer and sharper thinking and optimal nerve function.
- Ginkgo Biloba is a popular herb that aids circulation allowing oxygen and neurotransmitters to reach vital areas of the brain and nervous system.
- Inositol and Choline help support brain cell membranes and insure proper nerve cell conductivity.
Complete Essential Fatty Acid Formula
Essential fatty acids are the “good fats” that are necessary for the reproduction of new brain cells, and also play a part in the brain’s many natural biochemical processes. They are called “essential” because every living cell in our body and brain needs a daily supply of them. Essential fatty acids must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. Supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to ensure the good health of our body and brain, well into our aging years.
(with Vitamins C and E)
Antioxidants help protect the body the formation of damaging free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA and our cell membranes, and are a factor in aging as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the damaging effects these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements guard against the ravages of free radicals to our brain and body.
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