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What are the Best Vitamins for Brain Health?

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Vitamins play a crucial role in keeping our bodies at optimal health. Learning what each type of vitamin can do for your body can help to protect you from health risks and deficiencies, including where your brain is concerned.

 

As we get older, our cognitive health starts to decline, so it’s important to know what you can do to support and slow this natural process.

 

From Omega-3 to B vitamins, discover the best vitamins to support your brain health:

Folic Acid

 

Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) plays a key role in balancing levels of homocysteine in the body. High levels of homocysteine have been linked to a potential increased risk of degenerative disease, including mental decline.

 

As well as helping to maintain homocysteine levels, folic acid also has proven health benefits for your psychological health, aiding thinking and memory.

 

Folic acid can be found in MINAMI® PlushinzO-3; this ingredient helps to support the normal immune system and helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

 

Vitamin B6

 

Vitamin B6 can help the body to make mood-regulating serotonin and can support the body to cope with stress, supporting normal brain function as a result.

 

This vitamin is naturally present in foods such as eggs, soybeans, fish, and poultry. However, like with all vitamins, taking a supplement can help to safeguard you against nutritional deficiencies.

 

poached eggs, a good source of vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

 

A deficiency in vitamin B12 has been linked to an increased likelihood of memory loss.

 

However, taking the three B vitamins discussed here may help you to maintain a healthy nervous system and to combat tiredness and fatigue.

 

Therefore, vitamin B12 supplements may be able to play an important role in supporting and maintaining brain health.

 

Vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid can be found in MorEPA Cholesterol, our Omega-3 supplement designed to help manage healthy cholesterol levels.

 

 

These vitamins contribute to normal red blood cell formation, help to support a healthy immune system, and contribute to reducing tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B6 also works alongside folic acid to contribute to normal homocysteine metabolism.

Vitamin C & E

 

There is also some evidence that vitamin C and vitamin E can help to support brain health, thanks to their antioxidant nature. This means that these vitamins may protect the brain from free radical-related damage, helping to prevent premature aging and keep it in good working condition for longer.

 

Vitamin C is a key ingredient in our MorEPA Move Omega-3 supplements, as it’s known to help support normal collagen formation for bone and cartilage function – a key component of joint tissue. Vitamin C can also help with recovery from intense physical exercise by contributing to the normal function of the immune system.

 

 

Meanwhile, vitamin E can be found in our MINAMI® PlushinzO-3 formula, where it works alongside fellow antioxidants CoQ10 and Pycnogenol to help protect proteins, DNA, and fats within the body from oxidative stress.

Omega-3

 

Alongside vitamin supplements, you may also want to consider taking Omega-3 supplements in order to maintain normal brain function as you age.

 

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are a form of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, with the type known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) known for its ability to help maintain brain function.

 

Fish oil is a source of DHA that is often included in omega-3 supplements – you’ll also find a vegan form of Omega-3 at MINAMI®, which is made from algae oil.

 

 

EPA is the other type of Omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil supplements, and it can work alongside DHA to provide your mind and body with multiple benefits, helping to keep your health at an optimal level. EPA in particular has been linked to improving mood, which may suggest a further benefit for brain health.

 

Taking supplements containing both EPA and DHA can help you to access the benefits of both these Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

 

At MINAMI®, the Omega-3 in our MorEPA products comes from sustainable fish oil, sourced from the waters around Chile and Peru, where overfishing is not an issue. We use a patented supercritical CO2 extraction process to extract the purest possible Omega-3 from the small fish (anchovies, sardines, and mackerel) that we source.

 

This process is significantly more environmentally friendly than other methods, and we’re proud to have been accredited by the Friends of the Sea for our sustainability efforts.

 

Explore our full range of omega-3 supplements for brain health.

 

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