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Dec 01
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VITAL 55+ HERBS IN FOCUS

BRAHMI

Few herbs anywhere in the world have had a longer documented history of use by mankind than Brahmi (Baucopa monnieri), a perennial aquatic plant found all over the Indian sub-continent. For almost 3,000 years this herb has been used by Ayurvedic medical practitioners in India as a nutrient to improve memory, concentration and to increase alertness and prevent fatigue.

Modern clinical evidence not only supports this ancient use but has discovered other benefits. These include increasing blood flow to the brain and the potent antioxidant activity of Brahmi in protecting the liver and digestive system as a whole from environmental toxins.

Clinical trials and historic evidence shows supplementation (at any age) with Brahmi enhances a wide range of cognitive processes, including verbal attention and memory acquisition and retention (especially in the elderly).  Brahmi has active constituents called bacosides which exert their effects through the neurotransmitter system of nerve cells involved in the regulation of memory and learning in humans. It is this system specifically that degenerates in Alzheimer’s disease.

Clinical trials are currently underway at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology Brain Science Institute as part of an Australian Government funded collaborative project with the National Institute of Complementary Medicine in using Brahmi as the major compound for the prevention and early treatment of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Australia organisation predicts on present trends the number of Alzheimer’s sufferers will quadruple in Australia from 245,000 in 2009 to 1.1 million in 2050 as a result of our ageing population. Other ways Brahmi has been proven effective in preventing cognitive impairment is its anti-inflammatory effect; removing from the brain heavy metals and beta-amyloid plaque, which are both prime suspects for the advancement of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In ‘Vital 55+’, to ensure our Brahmi is as effective as it can be, we use what is considered the world’s leading form of supplemental Brahmi called ‘BacoMind’®. Each and every batch of ‘BacoMind’ is standardised with 9 bioactive compounds by the world’s most advanced testing systems HPLC and HPTLC. This standardisation is completed by a wide range of assays to ensure purity and efficacy. ‘BacoMind’ has had a wide range of clinical studies on both children and the elderly published internationally demonstrating the positive effects on learning and long and short-term memory. These studies are detailed on BacoMind’s web-site: www.bacomind.in.

Brahmi is enhanced in the ‘Vital 55+’ formula with a 50:1 extract of Ginkgo biloba, a well-known herb traditionally used to enhance memory and concentration. These two nutrients are also supported with an effective daily dose of Lecithin, which is an essential brain and nerve nutrient, so hard to find in our daily diet. Both these nutrients work exceptionally well together with other ingredients in the ‘Vital 55+’ formula to reduce HDL cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and maintain optimal nerve health.

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