Back to uni Brain Booster

Going back to uni this semester?

In order to help avoid the inevitable lethargy and general “drained” feelings, we’ve come up with a little booster pack to help you keep motivated and focused on your studies!

To break it down we’ve identified the best products to make sure that you get the most out of your supplementation.

Hydration

Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluids than you intake. When we become hydrated, our bodies borrow water from the cells in the brain for use in essential processes elsewhere. This causes the cells in the brain to shrink and wither.

Dehydration and a loss of sodium and electrolytes can cause acute changes in memory and attention, as your brain loses the ability to perform normal functions.

Restore – Hydration & Brain Function

Restore is perfect for hydration as it has been specifically formulated to replenish your body of all of the lost nutrients and electrolytes lost during activity.

Tender Green Coconut Water

Coconut water is 94.99% water, containing a large amount of minerals including:

Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.

According to Jennifer Koslo from Kaplan University, coconut water contains more than double that of traditional sports drinks with about half of the carbohydrates.

There has been much discussion regarding the hydration properties of coconut water, however there has been sufficient studies to suggest that coconut water can provide just as much hydration as artificial sports drinks, if the water is derived from ‘young’ green coconuts.

BCAAs

Our branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) include 3 of the 9 essential amino acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine which may assist in muscle repair and promoting muscle growth over time. Our plant based BCAAs are created using a fermentation process and are free-form, meaning faster absorption rates.

BCAA’s can influence brain function, as they work on a macro level to help cells repair themselves. According to the University of Pennsylvania Healthy System, BCAA’s are used make two neurotransmitters that your brain needs to send messages correctly. This means that by taking BCAAs, this can help boost your brains ability to process information and increase performance.

Magnesium

According to the Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation, Magnesium is critical for brain health, and required for the metabolism of many other trace metals important for the brain, including selenium and vitamins B6 and D8.

Magnesium has also been dubbed the ‘original chill pill’ as it is an old home remedy for stress, anxiety, apathy, depression and headaches. Magnesium acts on many levels in the hormonal axis and regulation of the stress response. How magnesium achieves this includes:

  • Suppressing the ability of the hippocampus to stimulate the ultimate release of the stress hormone.
  • Reducing the release of ACTH (hormone that tells adrenal glands to pump cortisol and adrenaline)
  • Reduce the responsiveness of the adrenal glands to the ACTH
  • Acting at the blood brain barrier to prevent the entrance of stress hormones into the brain.

Mixed with water, Restore is a great supplement to increase brain function and activity during times you need it most – late night study sessions & exam block (collective groans of all students ever).

To make sure you get the most out of your brain, we’ve included a couple of our favourite aminos to help you get the best out of your semester.

Immunity

We all know that burning the candle at both ends can severely effect your immune system, which in turn can lead to you falling ill. This is a pretty big deal when you’re studying as one week off turns into two-three-four and then before you know it, you’re cramming in 12 weeks of course work into the week before exam block! I digress.

L-Glutamine

L-glutamine, also known as simply glutamine, is an essential amino acid produced in the human body, and is essential for proper function of the immune system, brain, and digestive system. It is stored in both muscles and blood plasma, and is found mainly in skeletal muscle. It exists in 61% of your skeletal muscle, it also consists of 19% nitrogen, making it the primary transporter of nitrogen into your muscle cells.

When you’re ill, glutamine has an elevated importance. Demand for glutamine is increased in the kidneys, immune cells and the intestinal mucosa during these periods. With a reduction of glutamine, comes a reduction in protein economy and alterations in metabolism. Due to these reasons, one of the main interventions for glutamine is rehabilitative and in response to sickness, rather than just preventative.

If you thought there wasn’t enough benefits already, L-Glutamine also aids in brain functions with the following benefits:

  • Mood Improvement
  • Protects the brain from ammonia toxicity
  • Provides energy to the brain
  • Improves mental performance and long-term/short-term memory

In the brain, glutamine is a substrate for the production of both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters (glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, GABA).  Glutamine is also an important source of energy for the nervous system.  If the brain is not receiving enough glucose, it compensates by increasing glutamine metabolism for energy — hence, the popular perception of glutamine as “brain food” and its use as a pick-me-up.

The final amino to help get you through your semester is Acetyl-L-Carnitine or ALCAR for short.

Brain Power

Going to uni unfortunately requires a lot of brain power, which can leave the brain feeling a little drained and foggy. After a long day at uni full of lectures and tutorials coming home to a full load of study can really leave your brain feeling empty & drained. This is where ALCAR is your friend – it can help your brain get the extra boost it needs to get through  a long night of study ahead!

Alcar

So do you remember how Mitochondria is the ‘powerhouse of the cell’? Well the ALCAR’s function is that the compounds are able to alleviate the effects of aging and disease on mitochondria, whilst increasing the mitochondria’s potential to burn fat. ALCAR has the advantage of being able to break through the blood-brain barrier, enabling it to provide the brain with the essential materials required to operate at optimal functionality.

ALCAR is used as a brain booster, due to the ability to increase alertness and mitochondrial capacity. Researchers have found it can help to improve mental energy levels, while also keeping the brain healthy as we age, even offering measureable benefits to patients with memory loss including Alzheimers.

In terms of cognitive function, ALCAR has been proven to show improvements in general cognitive capacity, helping to alleviate the side effects of aging, like neurological decline and chronic fatigue.

Some fun dot points about ALCAR include:

  • Improve fatigue and alertness
  • Boost focus and reduce ADHD symptoms
  • Improve circulation and anti-oxidant protection
  • Anti-aging and Neuroprotective benefits.
  • Prevents brain deterioration during times of stress
  • Reducing anxiety related behaviour & depression

 

When it comes to preparing your brain for the semester to come, L-Glutamine, ALCAR & Restore can help to give your brain the boost it needs!

References: 

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