Bringing stimulation to the brain is a huge topic right now and with good reason; people want greater memory cognition, they need to retain information better and have stronger recall, they want clearer thinking and quicker wit. Some individuals just need to go after it each and every day, due to their complex jobs or juggling all that life has to offer. Who has time to be mentally exhausted?
Neural Nectar is a beautiful addition to your health regime, especially if you are a:
SuperFeast Neural Nectar includes Ginko biloba, pictured as leaves.
You can check out an in-depth look at each of the potent herbs that make up Neural Nectar, here. This powerhouse nootropic blend contains a medicinal mushroom and a range of herbs which act as adaptogens:
With its five potent ingredients, Neural Nectar is jam-packed full of powerful constituents. There are countless to mention, but let's give it a go:
If you do some of your own scouting online (see Google Scholar), you will quickly see the growing evidence of health benefits of each of the five ingredients that comprise Neural Nectar.
Remember when you were a kid and you could do a handstand or cartwheel and you'd be fine, no head spin. Our brains and connections, organs and cardiovascular systems are naturally supple. As we age, our tissue loses this suppleness and chances are, you try that headstand in your later years, and you'll be spinning. Nootropic herbs, such as those found in Neural Nectar, tonify the bodies foundational ability to keep tissue young and supple and support consistent blood flow to the brain.
It is the Ginko biloba in particular, which reduces stickiness in the blood and increases circulation in the brain. This potent botanical stimulates cerebral circulation, thins the blood and increases dilation of the blood vessels. These actions all allow increased oxygen and nourishemnt to the brain. Ginkgo's ability to improve circulation and blood flow in the brain makes it a useful and powerful nootropic. White peony encourages systemic circulation, especially to the brain, in fact activation of the hippocampus (part of the brain that stores new information) occurs while using white peony.
Gingko biloba enhances cognition by increasing levels of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter most closely associated with learning, as well as dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with motivation and reward. Further, a number of studies and clinical trials have shown that Ginkgo biloba markedly improves memory.
Interestingly, Mucuna is known to reduce the tremors that occur in conditions like Parkinson's disease; it's thought due to the presence of L-dopa (a precursor of neurotransmitter dopamine). Research has suggested that L-dopa can cross the blood-brain barrier and undergo conversion to dopamine, restoring neurotransmission. Rocking neurotransmission is needed for day to day functioning, memory and recall. Obviously if you or your loved ones are suffering from Parkinson's you should discuss any herbal treatments with your healthcare provider.
Spatial working memory has been shown to be positively effected in rat subjects via white peony extracts. Plus research has also demonstrated that Lion's Mane encourages the formation of both nerve growth factor and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. These factors support healthy myelin actions, allowing the transport and fluidity of neuronal cell messaging. Rhodiola has been shown to effect improvements in memory and learning, during anima experiments.
The herbs found in Neural Nectar have been used to prevent the degeneration of the brain to bring longevity to overall health, just as traditional herbalists did.
Studies and clinical trials indicate that Gingko biloba can slow down mild age-related non-Alzheimer’s cognitive decline and significantly reduce cognitive deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The Neural Nectar blend is extremely high in antioxidants and terpenes, making it a powerful anti-inflammatory, with neuroprotective effects on the brain and bodily systems. Being a potent anti-oxidant blend, brain tissue is protected and preserved. Ginkgo biloba has been shown to enhance certain neuropsychological / memory processes of cognitively intact older adults, 60 years of age and over.
SuperFeast Neural Nectar contains ingredients that are:
With brain health and biohacking so hot right now, there are countless synthetic nootropics and brain stimulants on the market. In particular, the biohacking community are heavily into the isolates (the pharmaceutical nootropics), essentially wanting to stimulate the cerebrum and increase neurotransmitter production.
Please know: these synthetics harm the brain in the long term. 'Smart drugs' are synthetic, the long term side effects are not known and results have something of a glass ceiling. We have heard from many people who have had negative experiences with prolonged use of synthetic nootropics. Beware.
According to the ancient Taoist philosophy the brain's health is an accumulation of all the five Yin organs: the Lungs, Heart, Spleen, Liver and Kidneys. What you need to be aware of the is that the essence and capacity of these organs give you the foundation of your healthy brain. So if you are looking at brain gains, you need to therefore focus on the primary essence of all the organs.
This unique adaptogenic nootropic blend has purposely been crafted by Mason (founder of SuperFeast), to work both directly on the brain, but also, to support and nourish all the five organs. As according to the traditions, direct effects on the brain are key but support for organs is vital for overall brain health.
Neural Nectar contains the powerhouse that is ginkgo, which yes, brings circulation directly to the brain, but it also works specifically on the heart and lungs. Lion's Mane provides direct support and nourishment to the spleen. Mucuna, is obviously a direct precursor to dopamine and lifting up the neurotransmitters, but it's also a potent Yang Jing herb.
Rhodiola, also a Yang Jing herb, sharpens the mind and helps mental fatigue (so important in our distracted Western society) but it also pours in the Jing to the body. In fact, rhodiola is known to bring too much upward energy and, if used solo, can cause burping!! By adding White Peony to the Neural Nectar mix, the Yin Jing nature helps to balance the energy, thus dropping down the energy and nourishing the Yin of the kidneys. White peony also strengthens the capillaries and acts as a circulatory nootropic herb.
As you can see, this wonderful blend has several elements working directly on the brain, to give you that vital neural support, but in line with our Taoist philosophy, the blend also supports all the five organs.
Please note, you can add Neural Nectar to ANYTHING, as you can with all SuperFeast products :) Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Potent Nootropic Coffee Recipe
Very few. Ginkgo may have a blood thinning effect (as it increases blood circulation) so those on blood thinning medication are advised to be very cautious with incorporating ginkgo into their lifestyle.
If you experience severe anxiety or are taking antidepressants or any prescription medication, always talk to your practitioner about using nootropics, (due to the ginko biloba).
And we don't suggest to take if pregnant or breastfeeding, there have been two studies suggesting mucuna lowers prolactin. The jury is still out on this one, so better safe than sorry.
Note that Neural Nectar is a potent blend; it is best taken in the morning before food, unless you are very sensitive in which case it may be best to take with or after food. Start small, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon a day and see how you feel. It's safe in doses up to 1 tablespoon per day.
You can see why this brainy blend is one of our faves. We'd love for you to join us on our 21 days of Brain Gains (a 21 day email adventure, providing tips, tricks, research and stories to better your brain health), so head over here to sign up and be prepared for a nerdy ride!
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