Support memory and focus

Mental deterioration is the worst nightmare of millions of people across the country. The thought of losing memories or acuity to an accident, anomaly, or simply old age is terrifying for most. When these concerns are contextualized with the relatively old average American lifespan of today, an issue arises that more and more people are bringing to their doctors as time goes by.

While the most well-known catalyst for memory issues in older people is Alzheimer’s disease, it being the most frequently occurring form of dementia, many people don’t know that even without Alzheimer’s there are a number of other, alarmingly common ailments that can impact mental health. Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, occurs in more than 6 percent of people between the ages of 70 to 89, and tends to show up in men more frequently than in women. MCI symptoms can include misplacing items, general forgetfulness in terms of dates and events, and issues conjuring up specific words or phrases when speaking.

Even more alarmingly, those with MCI have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, aforementioned risk increasing exponentially with each year they live with MCI.

Unfortunately, even those safe from Alzheimer’s and MCI suffer the normal progression of aging which, unimpacted by illness, will still deteriorate the mind and memory on its own. Age-related memory impairment is exceptionally common in those 65 and up, damaging their ability to encode new memories, while working memory shows decline in both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Episodic memory, or long term memory of specific events, is particularly damaged by normal aging.

So how can you help support memory and focus in the minds of your patients? Thankfully, Natural Partners offers a host of products designed specifically for mental fortification, natural ingredients selected especially for their beneficial impacts on memory and focus.

L-Carnitine, from Thorne Research, is an essential co-factor for several enzymes needed to transport long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria. Found in large quantities in both skeletal and myocardial musculature, it also supports and maintains healthy blood lipid levels.*

Maintenance of the brain into a person’s later years is heavily reliant upon healthy, consistent blood flow to the brain, cerebrovascular supplementation an excellent recommendation particularly for patients asking after preventative measures for their mental health. Vinpocetine, from Pure Encapsulations, is an alkaloid synthesized from vincamine, an entirely natural compound extracted from the leaves of the periwinkle plant. Absorbed in the small intestine and processed in the liver, it distributes fast through the bloodstream and is absorbed by most tissues in the body. More notably, it is able to pass the blood-brain barrier, and serves to enhance cerebrovascular flow.* It may also encourage oxygen release from hemoglobin, more oxygen in the brain contributing to sharpened mental clarity and general awareness.

Integrative Therapeutics’ Mental Acuity Formula is a supplemental blend of vitamins and herbs selected to provide targeted nutritional assistance to the brain. Made to help address mental clarity issues caused specifically by aging, its vegetarian composition containing alpha lipoic acid and Bacopa monnieri extract provides immediate and long term benefits to support memory and focus.*

A calcium-rich memory supplement, Prevagen Professional by Quincy Bioscience/Prevagen supplements the calcium-binding proteins that the human body produces with less and less frequency from age 40 on. By preventing calcium from flooding and damaging nerve cells with its breakthrough ingredient, apoaequorin, Prevagen helps contribute to a keener mind and a healthier brain.*

Finally, focusing heavily on providing acetylcholine support, Neuroscience Inc.’s Mentalast supports memory and cognitive function while simultaneously promoting parasympathetic and sympathetic balance.* It contains Acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine, their presence as precursors to ACh encouraging the body to create and maintain healthy levels of synaptic ACh.

With these supplements to support memory and focus on hand, doctors now have an array of extra tools in their arsenal to help lift one part of the heavy burden of advanced age from their patient’s shoulders.


*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2012-rst/6676.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_and_aging
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-deprivation-effects-on-memory
http://www.thorne.com/Products/Proteins-Amino-Acids/Amino_Acids/prd~SA502.jsp