Brain Health

A recent Australian survey, showed about brain health and the threat of age-related brain degeneration.  Although degeneration of the brain is most commonly associated with age it’s not entirely the consequence of it. The brain requires certain nutrients for it to develop as it should.

There are some lifestyle related activities which have a direct and a proven connection to maintaining and optimising brain health as we age.  An example of this can be seen when we look at the brain having a delicate balance with glucose and insulin.  Insulin has an important role in the brain and protects the functions of memory, learning and neuronal health. There has been much research done by de Suzanne la Monte and Jack Wands which suggest a link between brain insulin and cognitive decline. Although the mechanisms behind the brains health are complex, there are simple steps which we can take to help protect it.


 It’s essential that we support our overall health through our diets, exercise and lifestyles in order to be able to maintain our optimal brain health.  Most people’s general health when they reach middle age begins to weaken. Lack of nutrients and exercise combined with poor eating will unfortunately take a toll on the body and especially the brain.  There appears to be an incidence of cognitive decline in the elderly due to a combination of increased stress, increased oxidative exposure and nutrient insufficiencies.

In order to protect against cognitive decline and provide support for brain health a multi-faceted approach is required, including exercise of the mind and body, avoiding stress and most important of all, the necessary nutrients.


Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants may be able to provide an enriching effect on the brain and help to fight the degenerative effects of age and lifestyle. I use Forever Arctic Sea Omega 3 as I have found it to be extremely effective for me. These can be found at


 If our brains are exposed to chronic amounts of stress it is proven that there can be physiological and psychological effects on the brain. As we reach adulthood and progress into old age the brain regions that undergo the most rapid decline as a result of the ageing process are highly vulnerable to the effects of stress.

Take the time to relax and laugh, and investigate ways you can control and manage your stress. Find joy in all things.


The latest scientific research available has found a number of nutrients can help protect the brain.  Essential nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals are required to promote better brain function, provide energy, support metabolism and nervous system function. Studies have shown that DHA may benefit cognitive function.  This major component of fish oil has also been shown to be very effective for protection against mental decline due to age.

The available nutritional and herbal literature has shown that Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to cognitive decline and that Ginkgo Biloba may reduce oxidative damage and improve mental function, memory and concentration.  )

It also appears that daily consumption of Aloe Vera Juice may be supportive of this also, when the Aloe Vera is of a pristine and superior quality.  Natural Aloe Vera gel contains Vitamin D, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants to support overall health and brain function.  Finally, it is worth noting, that antioxidants are needed in the fight against free radicals that can be extremely damaging to vulnerable brain tissue. A great idea to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress and aid in the prevention of age associated impairment is to replenish the brain with antioxidants.  Great antioxidants to help support healthy brain function include Vitamin C and Vitamin E as found in Aloe Vera Gel Drinks.

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