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A human brain is the most baffling organ of our bodies. The weight of the brain is only 2% of the total body but uses 20% of energy. It consumes energy as much as used by all muscles in the human body. Incidentally, the brain gets smaller approximately 0.2% per year starting at 20 years old. At around 24, the brain is past its prime that the cognitive motor skills slowly begin to dimish. This raises the risk of cognitive disorder such as dementia with aging. Despite the inevitable decline, you can compensate the process to an extent by developing your own anti-aging strategies. Please make sure that the strategies address all the leading instigators of aging,e.g., chronic stress, depression, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet.
The new compounding nasal spray, Synapsin is a prescription supplement that comes with two major ingredients; Nicotinamide riboside(NR), a precursor form of vitamin B3 and ginseng(G3). It furnishes the nutrients that may provide neuroprotection of brain cells by improving mitochondrial functioning, cardiovascular health, and cellular metabolism.
Some tips for your brain are below;
Although Stress is a natural part of life, it can damage the synapses that exchange information between neurons, leading to dementia risk. Cortisol secreted by adrenal gland when stress out disrupts learning ability and dampens memory. If the cortisol overload in response to stress continues for a prolonged period, it may cause impaired immunity, weight gain, depression, and anxiety. Both Vitamin B3 and Ginseng has been known to alleviate stress-related symptoms.
Emotions are associated with the limbic system which is located beneath the cerebral cortex. The limbic system is the one that responsible for how we feel. It also stores long term memory of past experiences. Regardless of its cause, a constant negative emotional state is clearly not conducive to the limbic system to store information. Nicotinamide riboside, a precursor of Vitamin B3 may work as a mood stabilizer by preventing NAD+ Depletion and anti-inflammatory effect.
Not surprisingly, regular exercise stimulates brain cells to regenerate neurons in a brain. In the clinical trial for the elderly, the elderly who exercise showed higher scores in the cognitive function test than the elderly who did not. In addition, exercise does prevent other life-threatening diseases like stroke or diabetes, which can cause serious damage to the brain. Supplementation with Vitamin B and ginseng can enhance your performance to meet the goal.
Synapsin Nasal Spray
Synapsin is a prescription supplement that has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, nor intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
No medical claims about the supplement were made in this article. Synapsin is commonly used in combination with methylcobalamin or hydroxocobalamin dependent on the formulation by your provider.
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