Mental Health: Its Not All In Your Head
Most of us tend to think of the brain as an isolated control centre for all our other organs. But the fact is, our inner workings are far more synergistic. According to Karen Jensen, naturopathic doctor and author of Three Brains: How the Heart, Brain, and Gut Influence Mental Health and Identity, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest we actually have three “brains” and their interaction influences our overall health. She suggests, “nutrients from whole foods, exercise, and supplements are effective, non-invasive ways to support the ‘three brains’ interaction and optimize mental health and cognition.”
Head brain – Cognition, clarity of thought, and memory are key brain functions. Our brains have high oxygen and energy demands. So, when nutritional gaps, stress, or irregular sleep prevail, then mental sharpness and concentration can suffer.
Heart brain – Recent discoveries* in the area of neurocardiology have shown that the messages the heart sends the brain affect our perceptions, mental processes, feelings, and performance in profound ways.
Gut brain – The gut brain contains approximately 100 million neurons and it can work both independently of, and in conjunction with, the head brain. Studies suggest* gut microbiota communicate with the head brain and may play a role in mood and cognition. This gut-brain connection is an exciting emerging field called neurogastroenterology.
*According to Karen Jensen, in her book: Three Brains: How the Heart, Brain, and Gut Influence Mental Health and Identity
The 3 Brains™ line of supplements is designed to support the critical relationship between the heart brain, the gut brain, and the head brain. This product line features the Daily Brain kit which provides the foundational supplements for good three-brain health, as well as individual products formulated to support specific aspects of mental and cognitive health; physical and mental fatigue; support mood, and improve sleep quality:
Daily Brain – Foundation Support for the Three Brains – Daily Brain kit provides some of the most important nutritional supplements in an all -in-one packet to support the 3 brains: phosphatidylserine, curcumin, omega-3 fatty acids, grapeseed extract and a high-potency probiotic.
Brilliant Mind – for those with learning disorders or who are starting to notice cognitive changes and mental fatigue due to added mental demands at work or school. To be taken in addition to Daily Brain if possible. Omega-3 fatty acids support cardiovascular health and cognitive function, and green tea extract to provide antioxidant support.
Stress Less – to support the adrenals during periods of emotional or physical stress and demands. Stress causes memory problems and inflammation in the brain and other tissues. This blend of ashwagandha, rhodiola, and Panax ginsengextracts, promotes a healthy response to both physical and mental stressors. Green tea extract provides antioxidants that help defend against free radical damage
Brain Defence – provides additional stress support as well as cognitive support and prevents inflammation. Brain Defence is a blend of five herbal extracts including Sensoril™ ashwagandha extract (Withania somnifera), bacopa extract (Bacopa monnieri), and chamomile (Chamomilla recutita – all recognized as powerful adaptogens that help the body counteract the symptoms of stress and promote a feeling of calm.
Restful Sleep – for those with anxiety and/or sleep problems. Also for those who experience insomnia due to added stress, support the adrenal glands with Stress Less. Restful Sleep combines four non-habit-forming herbal extracts that have been traditionally used in herbal medicine as mild sleep aids including passionflower, California poppy, skullcap and linden.
Cloud 9 – Cloud 9 can be taken with Restful Sleep to help support those with mood and sleep issues. This formula combines vitamin B6, inositol, saffron extract, and 5-HTP made from the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, which together can promote a sense of comfort, contentment, and well-being.
Memory Boost – for those who have memory problems or a family history of memory problems. Memory Boost can be taken with Brain Defence. This comprehensive formula contains seven brain-boosting nutrients, extracts, and antioxidants that work together to supply the brain with energy, to protect neurons, and to defend the brain against free radical damage including Huperzine A, alpha-lipic acid, N-acetyl-L-cystine and Ginkgo biloba.
The Gut-Brain Strain – a high potency probiotic for support of all three brains. If you are not taking Daily Brain which already contains probiotic support, consider taking the Gut-Brain Strain.