This page covers the ingredients found in Body⇌Brain Energy™ and discusses WHY they work, including links to clinical and scientific studies. You can also see "recommended use" instructions.
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving||%DV*|
|Dopamine Optimizer™||350 MG||†|
|Neuravena® Wild Green Oat extract||150 MG|
|Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) (20% catecholamines; 15% L-dopa extract)||150 MG|
|Suntheanine® (L-Theanine)||50 MG|
|Stress / Cortisol / Adrenal Optimizer™||325 MG||†|
|Bacopa extract (50% bacopa glycosides)||125 MG|
|Phosphatidylserine (Sharp-PS® Green; Soy Free)||75 MG|
|Sensoril® Ashwagandha extract (32% oligosaccharides, 10% withanolide glycoside conjugates)||75 MG|
|N-Acetyl Tyrosine||50 MG|
|Nootropic Optimizer™||300 MG||†|
|Acetylecholine Optimizer™||341.2 MG||†|
|Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (A-GPC)||150 MG|
|CDP Choline||150 MG|
|Choline Bitartrate||41 MG|
|Huperzine A||200 MCG|
|Cerebral Circulation & Oxygen Optimizer™||120 MG||†|
|Ginkgo biloba extract (24% ginkgo flavone glycosides, 6% total terpene lactones)||60 MG|
|Green tea extract (98% polyphenols, 45% EGCG)***||50 MG|
|ATP Optimizer™||125 MG||†|
|Rhodiola extract (3% rosavins, 1% salidrosides)||120 MG|
|Mitochondria Optimizer™||130 MG||†|
|Acetyl L-Carnitine||150 MG|
|Ubiquinol (Kaneka Ubiquinol™Enhanced Bioactivity CoQ10)||25 MG|
Below you'll find detailed descriptions about the ingredients utilized in Body⇌Brain Energy™ - exactly HOW it works & WHY it's better than other products. To get started, simply click on the descriptions below and a detailed overview and summary will appear under it.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and cognition. Unfortunately, dopamine levels decline as we age resulting in decreased mental performance, depression, "drive", Parkinson's disease and accelerated brain aging.6
Neuravena® Wild Green Oat extract inhibits the monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) enzyme. This is important, because age-related decline in dopamine is largely caused by rising levels of MAO-B. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial utilizing this same ingredient in Body⇌Brain Energy™, there was a 74% improvement on a standard test of mental acuity 6 and 57% improvement in mental processing time and speed 24.
Velvet Bean extract is guaranteed to provide 20% catecholamines, including L-DOPA, a precursor to the catecholamine neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. While L-DOPA can cross the blood-brain barrier, dopamine cannot, making L-DOPA the preferred compound to elevate brain dopamine levels.
Suntheanine® L-Theanine is the predominant amino acid of tea that produces calming effects in the brain by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine, and blocking the binding of L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors.25-31 The calming, mood-enhancing effect is achieved by helping to increase alpha-brain waves, electrical brain activity commonly present when you are very relaxed, literally putting you in a better mood.30
Stress disrupts multiple biochemical pathways, including cortisol production (a primary stress hormone), adrenal production (a primary cause of fatigue), pro-inflammatory enzyme production (a primary cause of disease) and neurotransmitter production (a primary cause of brain aging).7,14,15 Sadly, an estimated 75%–90% of visits to primary care physicians are now related to the effects of stress.35
You may not be able to stop stress, but for longevity and health reasons, you need to give your body specific nutrients to help manage and reduce "stress side-effects".
Bacopa extract (50% bacopa glycosides) is traditionally used to help support memory and concentration while easing stress and tension. It is thought to help nourish neurons while restoring depleted synaptic activity and is one of Ayurveda's most revered herbs for brain health
Sensoril® Ashwagandha extract counters some of the oxidative damage generated by nervous tension and stress.36 Clinical trials have shown reduced levels of the hormone cortisol by up to 26% while maintaining normal blood sugar levels and lipid profiles.38
Studies have shown an improvement in energy, sleep, healthy outlook and well-being, as well as diminished fatigue.37
Sharp-PS® Green Phosphatidylserine (Soy Free) is required for normal cellular structure and function. Brain tissues are especially rich in phosphatidylserine (PS), but aging causes a decline in the PS content of cells throughout the body. Research has shown that in addition to improving neural function, PS enhances energy metabolism in all cells, memory, concentration, learning and word choice.39,40 Another major benefit to using PS is that it significantly modulates cortisol levels, resulting in a more relaxed state.41
N-Acetyl Tyrosine is an amino acid that can be converted in the brain and in the adrenal glands to dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine (adrenaline) hormones that are depleted by stress, overwork and certain drugs. By replenishing norepinephrine in the brain, mental energy levels may be improved. The N-Acetyl version of Tyrosine is more stable and soluble, thus resulting in greater bioavailability.
Nootropics, a Greek word meaning 'Towards the Mind', are compounds that are both (1) neurologically active and (2) directly or indirectly enhances cognitive potential via increased capabilities (ie: reflexes), state of well being and learning potential. They are known as cognitive enhancers, which are dietary supplements that help optimize brain functions and improve brain health. Their mode of action is similar to "smart drugs".
Sulbutiamine is a fat-soluble derivative of thiamine, developed by Japanese scientists in the 60's. It's also prescribed by doctors in France to reduce fatigue. It has a long history of safety and effectiveness for increasing energy levels 80, boosting attention & mood 81, reducing cell death in the brain 82,83, improving memory formation 84 and increasing muscle strength 85.
A decline in acetylcholine levels coincides with advancing age and is a hallmark of neurodegeneration, which can lead to dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Proper acetylcholine function is essential to muscle control, sleep, and cognition.51
Alpha-GPC is a crucial building block for the production of acetylcholine in the brain. It has cognitive-enhancing properties and reduces the rate of cognitive decline in the elderly (especially for Alzheimer's disease).51 It also has the ability to enhance growth hormone production and power output, which helps benefit athletes and those over the age of 40.52
CDP-Choline stands for cytidine-5’-diphosphate choline. This unique form of choline readily passes through the blood-brain barrier (BBB) directly into the brain tissue. Once past the blood-brain barrier, CDP-choline activates the synthesis of critical components in cell membranes, enhances cerebral energy metabolism and increases levels of various neurotransmitters
Huperzine A - is a standardized extract from the Chinese club moss is an all-natural herbal supplement that has been shown to maintain healthy levels of acetylcholine.53 It is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which means that it stops an enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine which results in increases in acetylcholine. Huperzine-A is in preliminary trials for usage in fighting Alzheimer's Disease as well.54
Most people don't know that the brain requires a great deal of oxygen and circulation. In fact, cerebral blood flow is about 15% of cardiac output... Which is where all of your "blood" pumping is done. Proper brain health, diseases prevention and anti-aging benefits, requires optimal cerebral circulation and oxygen utilization.
Ginkgo biloba (24% extract) is both neuro (brain) and cardio (heart) protective. Ginkgo extract contains flavonoids that are known to strengthen capillaries, promote healthy blood flow to the brain, and help maintain cognitive health64-68 It helps enhance oxygen utilization and cellular respiration.69 This means more oxygen and nutrients to your brain. Ginkgo extract has also been shown to reduce age-related decline in mitochondrial structure and function by protecting mitochondria from oxidative damage.70
Vinpocetine enhances cerebral blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing blood viscosity. It also helps improves cerebral metabolism by helping to maintain healthy blood flow and oxygen utilization.55-57
A common complaint among older adults is loss of physical and mental energy. As people age, their cells’ ability to produce energy is diminished. Many scientists believe that cellular energy deficit is a critical factor in the onset of many problems. Having higher levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) provides more of the energy molecules need to perform many daily activities.71
Rhodiola extract (3% rosavins, NLT 1% salidrosides) is remarkable in its ability to support cellular energy metabolism by promoting higher levels of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and CP (creatine phosphate) in the mitochondria. In human clinical trials, rhodiola aided exercise endurance after just a single dose72 and increased several measures of mental performance, including associative thinking, short-term memory, concentration, calculation and speed of audio/visual perception. Statistically significant improvements were reported after just two weeks of supplementation.73
NADH is a natural coenzyme derived from vitamin B3 (niacin), which is essential for basic metabolism, respiration, the breakdown of sugars and fats, and the production of ATP, the primary energy molecule in our cells. NADH supplies ATP energy to the brain, nerves, muscles, heart and all other organs.
Known as "cellular dynamos," healthy mitochondria produce the energy that powers all your cells. As people age, however, mitochondria both lose function and decrease in number. Our unique Mitochondrial Optimizer™ blend was formulated to enhance mitochondrial function, protect delicate cellular structures, power-charge metabolic processes, and aid in the creation of new mitochondria.
CoQ10 (Kaneka QH Ubiquinol®) is an essential nutrient your body requires for healthy mitochondrial function, a process that produces body energy at the cellular level, from fats and sugars.42 CoQ10 also has powerful antioxidant properties, protecting important proteins43 and mitochondrial DNA44 from oxidative damage.
PQQ can activate genes that promote the formation of brand new mitochondria for more youthful cellular energy production.45 PQQ works with CoQ10 as a potent antioxidant and supports the defense of mitochondrial DNA "death".46
Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) helps support youthful memory function, improve mitochondrial structure and function, inhibit age-related oxidative damage, and restore the activity of key enzymes due to aging and stress.47-50