Brain Boost

How do you remember even the most insignificant details in life? Why do you know to remove your hand from a hot stove without even giving it a second thought? What allows you to focus and concentrate on those critical details of life?

These - and countless other functions - are the responsibilities of your brain. In fact, your brain can be considered the “boss” of your entire body, since it controls everything that you do, think, feel, see, and hear, both consciously and subconsciously.

However, things like stress, anxiety, environmental factors, and plain old aging can cause your brain to lose some of its optimal function, resulting in brain fog, fatigue, confusion, poor memory, and trouble concentrating.

If this sounds all-too familiar, then the Brain Boost IV is for you. This IV is packed with a wide array of B vitamins for energy and clarity, as well as antioxidants and amino acids like selenium, glutathione, and taurine to fight free radical damage and support healthy detoxification.
Brain Boost also includes minerals such as magnesium (to support glutathione production) and zinc, which is critical for cellular metabolism. But its secret weapon is glycerophosphocholine (GPC), a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that supports memory, cognition, and brain health.

With this brain-boosting IV nutrient therapy, you’ll not only support healthy cognition and brain health but beat fatigue and gain energy.

INGREDIENT LIST

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B-Complex
Vitamin B complex refers to a broad group of separate, water-soluble nutrients: B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6, B-12, biotin, folic acid, choline, and inositol. We use a blend of these nutrients which serve as an excellent foundation.

Antibiotics such as sulfa drugs and tetracycline can interfere with the production and absorption of B vitamins. If you are taking these medications, you may need to increase your intake of these nutrients. Take B vitamins during the day, rather than at night, as they can be too stimulating.
B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) balances the adrenal system to enhance energy and stamina. It is also critical for body growth and red blood cell production. Plus, riboflavin has been shown to promote detoxification, support vision, and ease headaches and migraines.
Riboflavin deficiency is often marked by cracks around the side of the mouth, a purplish-red or magenta tongue and vertical cracks on the lips.
B3 (Niacinamide)
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 or niacin. Niacin is critical for energy, healthy nerves and skin, and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It also supports healthy cholesterol and triglycerides levels.

Niacinamide specifically has been shown to support blood sugar levels and joint health.

Niacin deficiency can lead to a disease called pellagra, which is characterized by diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, lesions on the lower neck, hyperpigmentation, thickening of the skin, inflammation of the mouth and tongue, amnesia, delirium, and eventually death.

Mild niacin deficiency manifests as a slowing of the metabolism, decreased tolerance to cold, irritability, poor concentration, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, apathy, and depression.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is needed by the body to properly metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It plays a vital role in virtually every organ system and condition, most notably skin health, brain health, joint pain, and immunity.
B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6 helps support healthy blood flow, maintains blood pressure, and even promotes optimum cholesterol levels. It also works to reduce homocysteine, a substance that increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

B6 can also ease many PMS symptoms, reduce sugar cravings, boost energy, and strengthen the immune system.
B12 (Cobalamin)
Vitamin B12 is necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. It also helps to maintain healthy homocysteine levels, and arterial function supports healthy cholesterol levels and blood vessel dilation and is involved in DNA synthesis. It also plays a role in energy production.

Only bacteria are capable of synthesizing B12, and as such, it is found almost entirely in animal food products due to animal-bacteria symbiosis.
Glutathione
Glutathione is a potent free radical scavenger composed of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine, and glutamic acid). It is a powerful antioxidant and is essential for healthy detoxification and coronary artery support.
Glycerophosphocholine (GPC)
Glycerophosphocholine (GPC), also known as alpha-GPC, is a compound found primarily in the brain. It supports the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that supports memory, cognition, and brain health. GPC is explicitly water-soluble, meaning it crosses the blood-brain barrier quickly, making it particularly useful for concentration, memory retention, focus, and overall brain function.
L-Glycine
Glycine is 1 of 20 amino acid that works to build protein in the body, as well as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Glycine is used to treat stroke, sleep issues, some mood disorders and metabolic syndrome.
Magnesium
Magnesium is a mineral that plays many vital roles in human health. It is essential for bone health, heart health, synthesis of DNA and RNA, and hundreds of metabolic reactions.

Magnesium also regulates levels of calcium, potassium, and sodium within the body, and helps prevent calcium-containing kidney stones from forming. It also improves energy production in the heart, dilates coronary arteries, supports blood pressure, reduces the risk of blood clotting, helps with insomnia, and calms nerves and anxiety.

The adult body contains about 25 grams of magnesium, with more than 60 percent of total body magnesium found in bone, and about 27 percent in muscle.
Selenium
Selenium is a trace mineral with antioxidant properties. It helps regulate blood pressure and heart rhythm, supports a healthy immune system, and maintains healthy blood vessels structure. It is also beneficial for thyroid and prostate health, with some reports of possible odds reduction in prostate cancer.

Heath conditions such as Crohn’s disease, high alcohol consumption, and exposure to heavy metals such as cadmium, copper, and lead can lower selenium levels.
Taurine
Taurine is an amino acid synthesized from two other amino acids—methionine and cysteine. It is found in highest concentration in the heart and brain, as well as the eyes. Taurine has antioxidant and detoxification benefits and supports retinal and nerve health. A precursor to the amino acid GABA, taurine can help to ease anxiety and fatigue but can precipitate a headache in some individuals.
Zinc
Zinc is an essential mineral, meaning your body does not produce it. Zinc is critical for cellular metabolism and supporting the activity of over 300 enzymes. It is also required for regulation of immune function and neuron communication, as well as a reduction in severity of the common cold, maintaining skin integrity, wound healing and improving male infertility.

Your body cannot store zinc, which means that daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state within your body.

THE NITTY GRITTY

Maintaining the health, wellness, and optimal functioning of your brain is essential if you are to remain capable of carrying out the many complex activities of human life in its most evolved state.

One of the keys to this is neurotransmitter production. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that relay messages between nerve cells throughout your body. They are produced by the conversion of amino acids in the presence of essential vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins and magnesium.

One of the amino acids critical to neurotransmitter production is taurine. It is found in highest concentration in the heart and brain. Taurine controls the electric charge across cell membranes and is essential for the function of nerve impulses. It has also been shown to have anti-anxiety properties.1-3

Glycine is another amino acid that acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter affecting the spinal cord and brain stem primarily. The brain stem is home to, among other brain sections, the medulla oblongata, the part of the brain responsible for breathing, digestion, cardiovascular function, and sleep.

B vitamins support the conversion of these (and other) amino acids into neurotransmitters, most notably B6 and B12. In fact, B12 deficiency has even been associated with impaired cognitive function4, while B12 and folic acid supplementation has been shown to improve cognition and memory.5-6

Similarly, research has shown that B3 (niacin) deficiency is linked to memory issues and brain function7, while B2 (riboflavin) - in conjunction with magnesium - both prevents and treats headaches and migraine.8-10

In addition to supporting neurotransmitter production and easing headache pain, magnesium has brain health benefits in its own right. Research shows that magnesium supplementation supports short- and long-term memory.11

Two other minerals - selenium and zinc - are also crucial for brain health. In addition to having antioxidant properties and supporting the metabolic activity of more than 300 enzymes, these two minerals have also been found to restore optimum lipid levels in the brain.12 This is important, as brain lipids not only play a structural role but also a functional one, namely in transmitting signals across biological membranes.13

Another antioxidant, glutathione, helps reduce oxidative stress in the brain specifically.14 Additional research also shows that glutathione deficiency is associated with cognitive decline.15

Finally, GPC has been shown to improve memory and learning.16-17 It’s so useful that it is prescribed as a medication in Europe for brain health. Here is the U.S. it is only available in supplement form.

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