Today, people of all ages want to achieve peak cognitive performance. Yet constant stress can significantly impact our cognitive ability, energy and mood. Staying sharp amidst all the noise, stressors and demands of everyday life can be difficult! As a result, more people are looking for supplements that can help their brains to cope – otherwise known as “nootropics”.
Health First developed Memory Supreme to support all aspects of cognitive health. It was formulated with key ingredients to help improve memory and mental performance while achieving a calm, balanced state of mind.
Bacopa is a herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to sharpen intellect in both young and old for thousands of years. Studies show that it may increase serotonin and GABA in the brain, thus improving our mood and inducing a state of calm, which is helpful as we all need to reduce stress while staying alert in our hectic times!
Bacopa can also increase levels of acetylcholine, which helps to counteract our “fight or flight” reaction to stress and move our bodies into a “rest and digest” state. While in this state, we are able to achieve a higher level of consciousness and improved attention, perception, memory, and overall intellectual capacity. Acetylcholine plays an important role in other mental processes as well, including learning, motivation and REM sleep.
Synapsa® is a patented bacopa extract that has been clinically shown to improve working memory and immediate recall in adults after just 6 weeks of use! Synapsa® showed significantly improved performance in areas such as visual processing, learning rate, working memory, information retention, and mental performance in cognitively demanding environments versus a placebo regimen.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid and component of all cell membranes that is found in high amounts in the brain, but it’s tricky to get adequate sources through our diet – and animal studies suggest that levels in the brain decrease with age. Phosphatidylserine is a critical nutrient as it covers and protects the cells of our brain and carries messages between them.
Studies have shown that supplementing with phosphatidylserine may result in improved cognitive ability and behaviour in addition to increased acetylcholine levels; plus supplementing with even just small amounts (60 mg daily) can support a healthy stress response. SunPS® the phosphatidylserine used in Memory Supreme, is organic and non-GMO.
Citicoline is equivalent to cytidine diphosphate choline or CDP-choline, a nutrient that has been shown to support memory in patients with age-associated memory impairment, as well as brain cell recovery from injuries such as stroke or concussion. Citicoline also increases the production of key neurotransmitters, including acetylcholine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, all of which are essential for mood balance and memory.
The main component of citicoline is its cytidine group, which is what citicoline delivers to the brain. Rather than just supplying a single phospholipid, citicoline boosts the brain’s production of its own array of phospholipids, including phosphatidylserine (PS), phospatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylinositol (PI), and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE).
Like citicoline, phospholipids are fundamental in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and the proper functioning of neural cell membranes – both highly significant factors for healthy cognitive function.
Citicoline is ideal for those looking to boost cognitive performance, memory and mood, support the health and function of brain cells with age, and/or after a brain injury.
Lion’s mane mushrooms contain bioactive substances that have beneficial effects on the body, particularly the brain, heart and gut. Studies show promise for its ability to potentially increase NGF (nerve growth factor), which is produced primarily in the brain and plays a key role in the function of neurons that affect attention, motivation and memory.
Health First specifically uses the fruiting body and mycelium of lion’s mane mushrooms that are grown on organic, gluten free, Canadian oats. Prior to micronizing, the mushrooms are put through a dehydration process that includes a steam activation step to soften and disrupt the chitinous mushroom cell wall matrix, resulting in increased bioavailability.
This specific form of magnesium has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier. A bioavailable form of magnesium for the brain, it may help to improve working memory and attention.
Ongoing research shows magnesium threonate’s potential to reduce the effects of brain aging. Animal studies have demonstrated improvement in synaptic connections, which is how our brains communicate.
Rosemary is a potent antioxidant that supports other ingredients in the Memory Supreme formula. It helps to prevent breakdown of acetylcholine, which is critical for thinking, concentration and memory. Rosemary compliments the actions of bacopa and citicoline, making it ideal for Memory Supreme. Rosemary is neuroprotective and helps to reduce free radicals.
Health First Memory Supreme is a uniquely formulated product containing ingredients that offer protection and support for the whole brain. It works to help improve memory, information retention, immediate recall of information, and overall mental performance – all while helping to achieve a balanced state of mind. The formula is vegan, gluten free and, like all Health First products, free from GMOs, artificial colours, artificial flavours, and preservatives.