Mangosteen for Memory and Cognitive Problems
The human brain is more powerful than the latest supercomputer. However, unlike a computer, the brain requires certain nutrients so it could function normally. Your brain is roughly the size of your fists put together and it makes up about two percent of your body weight. Despite its weight and relatively small size, it consumes as much as 50% of your blood sugar and roughly 20% of your oxygen intake. Moreover, it utilizes a much larger proportion of most micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals relative to its size. These facts underline the fact that the brain is the most vital organ in the body. Healthy and natural nutrition for the brain is very important not only for memory and cognitive functioning, but also for the regulation and efficient functioning of the various organ systems in body.
There appears to be a widely held belief that as people age, the mind, i.e. the brain, starts to decline in its ability to function efficiently, quickly and accurately. As people age, many experience problems with memory, concentration and diminishing cognitive abilities. While these problems have been commonly associated with aging, there are also other factors that can contribute or lead to memory and cognitive problems. For instance, heredity has been implicated which means that the onset of memory loss and deterioration of cognitive skills are pre-programmed in your genes. Other studies point to inflammatory processes in brain tissue which affect neurons in the hippocampus and neocortex which are responsible for memory, as well as those in the cerebral cortex which are responsible for cognitive skills such as creativity, intuition, decision making, logic and abstract thinking. There are also those who claim that lack of neurotransmitters or their destruction can lead to problems with brain functioning. In addition, some research studies indicate that the accumulation of heavy metals in the brain, such as aluminum, lead and mercury, can cause memory and cognitive problems.
To date, no absolute medications and medical techniques can directly and completely address memory and cognitive problems. Existing protocols are palliative at best and calls for more extensive research and experimentation. Having said all these, you may be wondering where mangosteen comes into the picture and what the latest hype about this superfruit is all about, some of which claim that it can help patients suffering from impairments in memory and cognition. Well, to start off, your brain requires fats for proper functioning. In the U.S. it has been found that people either lack fat in their diets or don't get the right type and amount of needed fats. You need docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and omega-3 fatty acids for brain health. DHA deficiency has been linked with cognitive decline and increased incidence of neural cell death. The bottom line: mangosteen contains substantial amounts of DHA and omega-3 fatty acids. This is basically the reason why it has been the subject of various studies that relate to memory loss and cognitive disorders. Supplying your brain with essential fatty acids like omega-3 can help it to make necessary repairs, regenerate neurons and form more neural pathyways.
Mangosteen also contains vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids which supply the necessary raw materials to synthesize neurotransmitters. The so called B vitamins in particular are crucial to nervous system and brain function. For instance, deficiencies in vitamin B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin) can affect memory and cognitive function such as thinking. In addition, vitamin B6 plays a role in the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. Other neurotransmitters like l-tyrosine, DL- phehylalanine and acetyl l-carnitine are also synthesized through various proteins. The brain requires a constant supply of these neurotransmitters to function efficiently.
The xanthones found in mangosteen are among the most powerful antioxidants known to man and they are vital for tracking down and then attaching to harmful free radicals in the bloodstream and effectively neutralizing them. This mechanism is very important because xanthones can eliminate free radicals in the blood before they even get a chance to cross the blood-brain barrier, thereby preventing them from wreaking havoc in the brain by causing oxidative damage to neurons. Without such damage, the brain can create new neural pathways, create new connections and coordination between the left and right cerebral hemispheres to maximize cognitive functioning. In general, the more neurons you have in your brain, you gain more capacity for memory and cognitive abilities.
Now, if you think the aforementioned benefits of mangosteen are impressive, you better read on because there's actually more! Aside from xanthones, mangosteen's pericarp is also chock-full of plant pigments called anthocyanins which are equally powerful antioxidants. The combination of xanthones and anthocyanins in mangosteen ensures that your brain gets maximum protection from free radicals which you typically get from the food you eat and from your immediate environment. In addition to neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants also help in maintaining oxygen supply that is crucial for memory, cognition and other brain functions. This function cannot be emphasized enough because the neurons are among the most sensitive cells in your body. They are also among the fastest to succumb to disruptions in oxygen supply to the brain. In case they don't die and simply get damaged, it is still a serious problem as neurons regenerate very slowly at a rate of 1 millimeter a day. This explains why patients who sustain trauma or injury to parts of the brain that control memory and cognition take a lot of time to reverse the damage and regain normal memory and cognitive skills. Again, mangosteen's xanthones and anthocyanins can spare your brain from all these by ensuring continuous blood flow and oxygen supply.
Finally, xanthones and anthocyanins have shown have anti-inflammatory properties which are also of utmost importance because any inflammation within the brain can also result to neural death or damage. In all, the human brain is highly developed and man is just beginning to understand some of its inners workings such as memory and cognition. But one thing is certain, any loss or impairments in either or worse, in both, can have far reaching consequences to any individual. As such, it is high time to consider taking supplements such as mangosteen not only to assist with normal brain function but for your overall well being as well.
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