This week, Max Lugavere took center stage at The Roxy Cinema to record his Genius Life podcast, which rates as #1 in iTunes’ Health category. He was joined by Designs for Health’s Director of Education, Jason Bosley-Smith, MS, LDN, CNS, FDN, to discuss nootropics, brain health and brain hacking 10.
Lugavere is devoted to finding innovative ways to ameliorate overall brain health. He is very enthusiastic about enlightening all generations, especially younger people, so that they become familiar with the most effective methods of boosting brain health through various lifestyle interventions such as nootropics.
So What Are Nootropics Exactly?
Nootropics are available as dietary supplements or pharmaceutical drugs. They have become extremely popular in recent years, but how many people really understand what they are? The term ‘brain-hacking’ is becoming associated with nootropics, but what does it really mean? Lugavere notes: “To me, I’m not really hacking my brain, I’m hacking my environment to make it more akin to the kind of environment in which the brain is designed to not just survive, but to thrive. Our environment has become mutated, and I think in many ways its leading our brains to suffer”.
Dr. Danielle Citrolo states that: “Nootropics vary in function, with some promoting immediate ‘brain power’ results while others function to promote long-term brain health, this impacts how they make you feel and their benefits”.
Other Routes to Improve Brain Health
Lugavere notes: “foods are one of the best ways to ‘hack your brain’ – but there are other ways, including resistance training, sleeping, meditating, and taking the right nootropic supplements to help support focus, attention and mental energy”.
Cognizin® Natural Supplement
Citicoline is a natural substance which is essential for a healthy brain. Although a certain amount is generated by the body, it can also be taken in supplement form. Cognizin is a well known supplement which is manufactured by the Kyowa Hakko Bio Company. It is not chemically synthesized, and comprises a proprietary type of citicoline, and is backed up by clinical studies to show that it is effective in supporting support mental focus, mental energy, recall and attention. – All of which are crucial for optimum mental health. It is produced using a fermentation process which results in a high purity, quality product.
So How Does It Work?
The supplement Citicoline works as a choline donor. Choline, is a vitamin-like, water-soluble essential nutrient. It is extremely important, as it provides our brains with the raw materials it needs to generate healthy fluid cell membranes. (Membranes are the outer regions of our cells). Lugavere notes: “Membranes are the unsung heroes of our cognitive function and energy levels, and only 10% of adults get adequate choline in their diets. If the cell membrane doesn’t have the right combination or balance of stability and fluidity, it doesn’t function well”.