extracts in both children and adults. Bacopa has also shown reduction in anxiety levels.” (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015; International Journal of Pharmaceutical
Sciences and Drug Research, 2009.
Other major Sabinsa brain health products include: DOPA (also
called Levodopa or L-DOPA), a precursor of the neurotransmitter
dopamine, which helps support healthy mood and mental alertness, and has even been studied in connection with Parkinson’s
disease (Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 2004);
gotu kola, which has been found to modulate dopamine in rat
brains and may improve learning and memory processes; and
Curcumin C3 Complex, which may help with immune clearance of
beta-amyloid protein, thus boosting the body’s capacity to clear up
plaque in the brain (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2006).
Krill oil, derived from small crustaceans eaten by whales and
other marine life, is also proving to be a whale of an ingredient in
the natural brain health category. Superba Krill Oil, Aker BioMa-
rine’s flagship omega- 3 product, is attached to phospholipids, al-
lowing better absorption into the cells, according to Becky Wright,
director of marketing and communications for the firm’s Issaquah,
WA-based U.S. headquarters. “Recent research indicates that
phospholipids ferry docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) into the brain
more efficiently, where its omega- 3 content can help maintain a
wide range of functions, such as memory, mood and cognition.”
The company also offers two variations on the basic Superba
product—Superba 2, which features “improved smell, taste and
visual appearance,” and Superba Boost, a new krill oil concen-
trate, which contains a“significantly higher concentration” of the
key actives, including phospholipids, omega-3s and choline.
Omega- 3 nutrition also figures prominently in KD Pharma’s
Alpha and Omega. Mr. DeMarco described the ingredient as a
trademarked dual action cognitive support supplement combining high-concentrate omega- 3 fatty acids with alpha-GPC, a
natural choline compound found in the brain. It is also a para-sympathomimetic acetylcholine precursor, which has been discussed in connection with the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
and other dementias.
Leading the list of brain health ingredients from Balchem is
the company’s VitaCholine line of choline products. Mr. Ashmead
cited studies showing choline to be vitally important in the cognitive development of infants in utero and continuing postnatally,
as well as possibly helping delay cognitive decline and memory
loss associated with aging.
Other Balchem brain health products include: Ferrochel, a
source of supplemental iron, which is believed to be critical for
cognitive development in the early stages of life; Zinc Bisglyci-nate, a chelated form of zinc, which has been examined in connection with both Alzheimer’s patients and children exhibiting
depressive symptoms; and several bioavailable forms of magnesium, since some scientists believe a deficiency of magnesium in
the hippocampus may have a pathological effect in the development of Alzheimer’s.