by Mark Miller June 03, 2021
The beauty of nootropic supplements is that they contain substances that do double duty as antioxidants, fighting disease while helping you think better and be more alert and creative.
One of the ingredients of VALI Neuro Force, a nootropic with 10 helpful substances found in nature, is Bacopa monnieri. VALI uses Synapsa™ Bacopa Whole Plant Extract (Bacopa monnieri).
Bacopa is an adaptogen antioxidant used in traditional Ayyurvedic medicine for longevity, neuron communication, and cognitive enhancement. There is solid evidence that Bacopa is a valid nootropic, reducing anxiety and stress, and improving cognition and memory.
We're using terms that may not be familiar to you. Nootropics are called smart drugs and cognitive enhancers. There is some evidence that they can help people with memory loss and dementia.
Another word we used was adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs that help a body recover from mental and physical stress, both short term and long term.Stress has so many ill effects on people.
Research studies have shown that adaptogens enhance mental performance, combat fatigue, depression and anxiety, and help a person thrive instead of just barely getting by.
For a longer exploration of adaptogens, see the VALI blog What Are Adaptogens, and How Do They Help You? 
A study in the scholarly journal Phytomedicine looked at several other studies that confirmed the nootropic and adaptogenic properties of Bacopa  The study concluded:
Bacopa monniera (BM), a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, used for centuries as a memory enhancing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, sedative and antiepileptic agent.
The plant, plant extract and isolated bacosides (the major active principles) have been extensively investigated in several laboratories for their neuropharmacological effects and a number of reports are available confirming their nootropic action.
In addition, researchers have evaluated the anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic and other pharmacological effects of BM preparations/extracts.
In other words, it reduces inflammation, pain, fever, and can help fight epilespy, be used as a sedative, and has a favorable effect (a tonic) on the heart.
Healthline has an article that details the benefits of Bacopa monnieri, which is also known as brahmi, herb of grace, water hyssop, and thyme-leaved gratiola .
A doctor discusses the benefits of Bacopa monnieri.
While the science has found its nootropic benefits, in Ayurveda, medical practitioners have used it for centuries to treat epilepsy, reduce anxiety, and improve memory. Healthline states:
In fact, research shows that it may boost brain function and alleviate anxiety and stress, among other benefits.
A class of powerful compounds called bacosides in Bacopa monnieri is believed to be responsible for these benefits.
Bacopa contains powerful antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that can cause some cancers, heart disease, and diabetes.
If you know someone with dementia or Parkinson's, Healthline has some important news:
When fat molecules react with free radicals, they undergo a process called lipid peroxidation. Lipid peroxidation is linked to several conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Bacopa monnieri may help prevent damage caused by this process.
Studies in humans and animals show Bacopa may improve the functioning of the brain.
Two studies of adults taking either 300 or 600 mg of Bacopa a day showed it "significantly improved the speed of processing visual information, learning rate, and memory, compared with the placebo treatment" and " improved memory, attention, and the ability to process information, compared with the placebo treatment."
Studies in children shows that BM may reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Healthline says more studies are needed before BM can be prescribed for ADHD.
BM is a safe substance, but it may result in unwanted side effects in some, including nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Pregnant women should not take it because it hasn't been studied for safety for women who are with child.
BM may interact with amitriptyline, a pain medication.
VALI Neuro Force has nine substances besides BM, all found in nature, that help support the functioning of the brain and mind. They are:
by Mark Miller July 08, 2021
Beginning an exercise program can be daunting, especially if you have never really been into fitness before.
Some people, when they exercise, strive for a bikini body. If you have a diving bell body, don't fret, you too can be helped by regular exercise. You can look better, but more important feel better if you eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep.
by Mark Miller July 06, 2021
You've heard running can help you slim down, help maintain heart and lung health, and keep your body strong. Those benefits alone can help you feel well mentally.
But did you know that running can also help lift your mood and even ward off depression? It can help you be more creative and productive and feel less stressed out.
No wonder about 50 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, jog or run regularly!
by Mark Miller July 01, 2021
Whatever kind of intense exercise you do, whether running, weightlifting, team sports, or hard work, your body needs rest days.
In fact, Healthline says rest days are just as important as exercise days, and no regimen is complete without both exercise and rest. Rest enhances your energy and restores the body to full capacity.
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