It seems as though everyone has succumbed to the notion that the ageing body and the ageing brain are just less efficient and of lower quality. In reality, the ageing process, if healthy, is one that highly enhances both the immune system and the nervous system. The brain gets better at storing memories the more it is exercised and challenged. The same goes for the immune system. Over time, however, what ends up happening is an increase in toxin load and an increase in oxidative stress and inflammation that tare down the power of both the immune as well as the nervous system.
Blood flow promotes enhancing the body's overall capacity to detox as well as combat inflammation. As inflammation is a form of stagnation of blood flow, forcing more blood flow may enhance nutrient distribution and metabolite removal.
Some of the best nutrients that help the body age gracefully include:
Ginkgo biloba- enhances brain function by acting as an anti-inflammatory, systemic blood-flow enhancer and neurotransmitter modulator. Has many studies backing up its use as a neuroprotective agent and an agent that slows down the progression of neurodegenerative disease.
Vinpocetine- an agent for increasing cerebral blood flow that is thought to demonstrate brain enhancement effects within an hour of use. Vinpocetine is used to shunt blood flow to areas of the brain where perfusion was previously poor and is demonstrated to significantly help after the experience of brain injury
N-acetyl cystine- a universal ingredient of detox that supports systemic glutathione levels. NAC is shown to significantly enhance the quality of life of those who suffer addiction, brain injury and concussion
Astaxanthin- a powerful antioxidant that is proven to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). studies support the accumulation of Astaxanthin in the hippocampus, the area of long-term memory consolidation. Many other studies show both systemic as well as cerebral benefits in terms of neurodegenerative disease progression and symptom relief.