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Brain Fitness

You already know I’m big on physical fitness but I also feel brain health deserves attention too.

Brain health and memory can be positively influenced by simple things we can do physically, mentally and nutritionally:

1. Stay physically active. Regular activity, not necessarily planned exercise, seems to relate to brain fitness. Activities like gardening, dancing and cleaning could increase chances of maintaining brain health.

2. Challenge your brain. Calculate, do word search games and crossword puzzles, and go to lectures, concerts and museums. Learn a foreign language or how to play a musical instrument.

3. Stay socially active. People who are active in clubs and social networks may hold up better cognitively than those who are less socially active.

4. Feed your brain. The brain and nervous system are comprised of 60 percent fat, so ensure your diet is rich in the Omega 3 essential fatty acids found in coldwater fish, fish oil and flax oil. 

 5. Lower brain calcium levels with supplements. Proper levels of calcium within the neurons are required for optimum brain function. As we reach middle age, brain calcium levels begin to rise because our bodies stop producing a protein responsible for regulating calcium concentration within the cells.

By increasing physical activity, proper nutrition, and lowering brain calcium levels, most adults will notice a definite improvement in alertness and cognitive ability within 90 days.

XYMOGEN & METAGENICS have specific formulas for improving brain function. 

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Essential Fatty Acids May Help Ease PMS Symptoms

A supplement containing a mix of essential fatty acids and vitamin E may significantly reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), according to new research.

The study, published in Reproductive Health, reported that women given capsules containing two grams of a combination of essential lipids—including gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, other polyunsaturated acids and vitamin E—showed significantly-eased PMS symptoms at both three and six months after they began supplementation.

One or two grams of essential fatty acids resulted in a significant decrease in symptom  in PMS patients.

The authors said that between 80% and 95% of women are estimated to suffer from at least one of the symptoms of PMS in the premenstrual phase of the cycle, and of these around 35% have symptoms severe enough to affect their routine activities.

Essential fatty acids such as EPA-DHA 720 from Metagenics is a valid therapeutic option for women with PMS.

“Prolonged use of the supplement for six months appears to result in a better clinical improvement compared to the results found after three months of treatment…This reinforces the hypothesis that its effects on PMS symptoms are the result of its interaction with prolactin receptors through the action of prostaglandin E1 whose metabolism is directly affected by essential fatty acid levels,” the authors concluded.

Reproductive Health 8(1):2, 2010

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