Our brain cells require up to two times more energy than any of the other cells in our entire body.
Our entire body runs on energy. Like any electrical appliance that we use on a daily basis, our cells fire millions of tiny electrical impulses every second, to help us experience the world around us, think about what we’re doing and even daydream.
If you could find a way to give your brain more energy, you would find you were smarter, more disciplined and more motivated.
So how precisely do you do this? Read on and we’ll look at how you can enhance your brain’s energy levels…
Introducing Cognitive Metabolic Enhancers
This objective falls under the heading of nootropics and biohacking. Biohackers are constantly trying to upgrade their performance by understanding the systems that keep their body running and nootropics are one of the crucial tools in this regard – these are supplements designed to help us become smarter, more focused and more disciplined.
Unfortunately, most of them don’t have much benefit. But one area that is quite successful is the use of ‘cognitive metabolic enhancers’. Cognitive metabolic enhancers are nootropics that work by focusing not on neurotransmitters (as many nootropics do) but instead on pure energy.
Here are some of the best and most effective…
Garlic extract conveys more energy to the brain because it is a vasodilator. This means that it widens the blood vessels, so that it can allow more blood and oxygen to find its way around the body – and more importantly, the brain.
Not only is it good for brain energy, Garlic extract can help increase exercise capacity and reduce exercise-induced fatigue. Garlic was traditionally used back in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and increase the working power of labourers.
Using fresh garlic is great, but is not for everyone: it can cause indigestion and its odor can be a problem. Or you just might hate it!
So if you’re someone who cant tolerate or you just don’t like it, garlic extract can be a solution: being odorless and richer in antioxidants than fresh or other forms of garlic preparation.
Garlic Extract is also effective in boosting your immunity and protection from cardiovascular disease.
MCT Oil is “medium chain triglyceride” oil, also known as MCFA (Medium-chain Fatty Acids).
This is the type of oil found in coconuts, and it has the ability of hitting the blood stream very quickly rather than being slowly released. This results in a sudden surge of energy and in the release of ketones: a type of energy source that works differently to glucose and is particularly useful for specific functions within the brain.
MCT oils are burned by the body for energy, instead of being stored as fat.
MTC’s are found in coconut oil but the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil, is MCT oil is a lot more concentrated and contains different amounts of MCTs.
If you’re looking for maximum MCT benefits, including extra brain function, energy, even weight loss, then MCT oil is the way to go.
You can still have these benefits from using coconut oil daily, but if you want maximum effect, you should use an MTC oil supplement.
Vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine) is crucial for energy and especially within the brain. Vitamin B6 helps us to get energy from the carbohydrates we eat.
Vitamin B6 is also used in the creation of numerous key neurotransmitters (acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine and melatonin) and has been linked to brain plasticity (learning).
The body requires a number of different proteins and it is the B6 vitamin that ensures that the correct forms are available. For example, the B6 vitamin will create haemoglobin for carrying oxygen in the blood cells, hormones for regulating blood pressure and various enzymes.
The recommended daily allowance for the B6 vitamin is only around 2.0mg but this seemingly insignificant amount is used extremely efficiently within the body to produce over sixty different enzymes.
CoEnzyme Q10, PQQ, L-Carnitine
The following 3 substances, many of which can be found in red meat, are able to increase the function of the mitochondria. This in turn leads to more efficient cells, including more efficient brain cells.
Your brain requires a substantial amount of energy to function properly. Co Enzyme Q10 provides power to the brain by acting as a fuel additive to optimize mitochondrial performance, extracting the most energy with the least damage.
Additional benefits of CoQ10 – boosts energy and stamina, supports cardiovascular health, reduces normal signs of aging, helps high blood pressure and more.
L-carnitine is an amino acid produced by the liver and kidneys and transported to the brain and heart. Acetyl-l-carnitine (ALCAR) is the type known to be a powerful brain booster and memory enhancer.
ALCAR increases energy production in the mitochondria, boosting both mental and physical energy. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, protecting brain cells from free radical damage.
Note: If you take a blood thinners, avoid taking ALCAR which can increase the drug’s blood thinning effects.
PQQ is a powerful antioxidant protecting against mitochondrial damage and also promotes generation of new mitochondria within our aging cells.
PQQ supplementation is shown to greatly improve cognitive function and memory.
Some additional benefits of PQQ is improvement in energy levels, cardiovascular improvement, enhanced nerve growth, and increase in skin elasticity.
Note: The contents of this article are not intended to serve as medical advice. If you
have questions about incorporating supplements into your life, it’s always good to
consult your doctor.