Sensitive skin – what can I do?

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin problems can affect all aspects of your life.

Our skin has a very important function. It acts as a barrier, keeping bacteria, viruses, fungi, germs and harmful chemicals from getting into our bodies. It protects us from cold, heat and sun, as well as other environmental factors. Our skin plays a crucial role in our wellbeing, but for some people skin sensitivity can be a problem. In various studies, as much as 50% of women and 40% of men have reported having sensitive skin.

What does sensitive skin mean?

‘Sensitive skin’ is the lay term used for people who easily break out in rashes or bumps or who are prone to dryness, itchiness and redness. Those with sensitive skins may react to excessive use of makeup, chemicals in skincare products, or sunlight, with the result of stinging, burning, itching and/or peeling. The degree of sensitivity varies from person to person, but for people with sensitive skins, a skin reaction can flare up at any time. That can result in further skin irritation because the skin barrier has been disturbed.

Those with easily irritated skin should play it safe with their face. Use mild products or those especially designed for sensitive skin, and avoid microdermabrasion treatments, which strip the skin of its protective barrier.

Retaining and regulating moisture is essential. Dry skin from any cause is irritable and sensitive. While the tendency is to compensate by applying all sorts of topical creams, these may only result in further irritation. This is where collagen supplements are a great choice for replenishing skin moisture and restoring healthy skin. They moisturize and rejuvenate from within, so the skin’s integrity is not impaired.

5 steps to take for sensitive skin
  • Avoid excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun, wind or excessive heat or cold.
  • Wear a sunscreen year round.
  • Use mild products or those especially designed for sensitive skin.
  • Avoid antibacterial ingredients.
  • Minimize sky dryness, but don’t overuse harsh topical creams. A collagen supplement is ideal as it works from the inside out to restore collagen and thus the skin’s moisture levels.

Affordable and effective healthy skin treatment

Healthy Skin Treatment

A good skin treatment can help fight aging, but the trick is knowing which skincare product is the right choice.

Wrinkles and fine lines are two of the most common skin-aging indicators.  They occur when the elastin and collagen in our body’s tissues begin to degrade and cause the skin to lose its firmness.  Exposure to sun, smoke, pollution and an unhealthy lifestyle can all lead to collagen degradation – and consequently premature aging and unhealthy skin.

Good skin treatment

Along with proper nutrition and exercise, a good skin treatment can help fight aging – but the trick is knowing which skincare product is the right choice.  Despite the thousands of products that claim to address skin problems, not all are made with ingredients that are backed by science.

Three proven ingredients that promote healthy skin and help to turn back the clock are Matrixyl, Argireline and hyaluronic acid (HLA).

Matrixyl works by stimulating the skin to synthesize more collagen as well as other proteins, such as elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – all important compounds for the support of healthy skin.  It’s able to penetrate the skin to reach the fibroblast cells and incite those cells to synthesize collagen.  This is important, because while some cosmetic manufacturers claim to be applying collagen to the skin, in fact the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate the skin’s outer layer – it must be produced by the skin itself from the inside.

Argireline works on muscle nerve endings, releasing neurotransmitters, which help reduce muscle contraction thereby preventing the formation of lines and wrinkles.  It’s been likened to Botox in the way it relaxes facial muscles, though it’s less invasive, less expensive and non-toxic.

Skin topography analyses have proven argireline to reduce the depth of wrinkles by 27% to 60% when applied via a topical cream such as Puraz COMPLETE.

Hyaluronic acid is a major contributor to youthful skin.  It works by attracting and binding water beneath the skin surface, absorbing up to 1000 times its weight in moisture.  Because of this intensive hydration, it visibly gives fullness to the face, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing the surface of the skin with a plumping action.  It is also a ‘scavenger’ of free radicals, helping to remove the oxidants caused by ultraviolet rays.

Skin Treatment with Puraz COMPLETE

Puraz COMPLETE contains all three ingredients to help fight aging and restore your skin to health.  It’s the first time a high-end skin cream and serum using the most advanced technology is available to the market at less than a third of the normal price, but with higher concentration of the key active ingredients.  When applied daily it can help reduce the depth of wrinkles, especially in the forehead and around the eyes, make the skin smoother, produce lasting moisturizing of the skin, and help you look and feel younger.  In fact, Puraz COMPLETE anti-aging day serum and Puraz COMPLETE anti-aging night cream is scientifically proven to increase Type 1 collagen synthesis in skin cells by up to 93.1% (Independent in vitro studies,Trinity Bioactives 2011) – which leads to healthy, youthful skin.

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Fish oil supplements by Puraz

Fish Oil Supplements

Our bodies cannot produce their own omega-3 fatty acids, so they must be consumed from our diet or from supplements such as krill oil.

We all know that high-quality fish oil supplements are good for us, right?

Well, studies show that krill oil is even better.

Like regular fish oil, krill oil contains high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). Omega-3 fats are essential for our health, especially our cardiovascular health and mental health.  They are also vital for metabolism and our central nervous system, basic functions like building cell membranes, and alleviating inflammatory diseases.

But our body cannot produce its own omega-3 fatty acids, so they must be consumed from our diet or from supplements. It can, however, be difficult to get the required levels of fresh oily fish in our daily diet, so supplements like fish oil and krill oil are ideal.

But what sets krill oil apart from regular fish oil is that the fatty acids in krill oil are far better absorbed by the body.

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil are found in a triglyceride form. Those in krill oil are found in a phospholipid form. Because the fats in human cell walls are also of a phospholipid structure, the absorption rate of omega-3s in krill oil dramatically increases.

But that’s not the only benefit. Krill oil contains a natural antioxidant called astaxanthin, which regular fish oils don’t have.

Antioxidants, of course, neutralise free radicals, which are harmful metabolic byproducts that damage cells and tissues throughout our body. If the antioxidants in our bodies are depleted, or if free radical production becomes excessive, damage occurs. That’s why the astaxanthin in krill oil is highly beneficial.

But there’s another reason why this potent antioxidant is so important. You don’t get this in regular fish oil. And that means without it, fish oils can be susceptible to rancidity.

We’ve seen that highlighted lately in the news. A recent study found that many retail fish oil supplements were of poor quality, containing high levels of oxidation by-products, which indicate rancidity, and less Omega 3 than stated on the label.  That could mean that the fish oil you are taking may actually be rancid, which can do more damage to your body than good.

The study didn’t include krill oils, but Puraz had their krill oil product independently tested to put consumers’ minds at rest. Puraz Krill Oil was shown to exceed its stated quantities of Omega-3, EPA and DHA with zero rancidity.

Puraz Krill Oil’s high antioxidant value means it won’t oxidise and go rancid, like some fish oils can. It’s also free from heavy metals and mercury. And one more benefit to krill oil – it doesn’t repeat on you like fish oils do.

Can it get any better than that?

Dealing with knee pain and the healing process

Knee pain

Knee pain can be debilitating, but a high-quality supplement and healthy living can get your life back on track.

Knee pain is a common complaint, with symptoms often sneaking up gradually. Your range of motion may slowly become restricted, and you may find it difficult to straighten out your knee. Inflammation and bone friction increase, and you may start to experience stiffness when you out of bed in the morning or after sitting for long periods. These symptoms are often the result of reduced collagen levels in the body, which in turn leads to the degradation of cartilage.

Treatments for knee pain

Medicines like steroids and NSAID are often recommended by doctors for pain relief, and there is no doubt they are all effective. But their side effects are well known. Taking collagen supplements is a safer, natural and extremely effective way to improve one’s overall health and mobility of the joints. Collagen is necessary for the rebuilding and repairing of cartilage and decreases pain symptoms and joint swelling. Puraz takes this approach with their PRO-d product, which is scientifically proven to assist cartilage regeneration. When choosing a collagen supplement, make sure you look for those scientifically tested for its intended benefit.

It might sound contrary, but exercise can really help people coping with knee pain. Very often, knee pain can be improved by correcting underlying muscle imbalances, or building up strength in other areas of the body. A study  in the Osteoarthritis and Cartilage journal described a group of people aged 50 to 79 with osteoarthritis in the knee. Women who had weak quadriceps were found to experience worse knee pain over the 5-year study. Women who had the weakest quadriceps experienced a 28% greater risk that their knee pain would worsen.

A physiotherapist or trained specialist can show you simple exercises to do at home. You might also consider seeing a specialist foot doctor to acquire custom inserts for your shoes. Simply switching to good sturdy shoes with excellent support can go a long way to controlling pain.

Interestingly, smoking has been shown to increase the risk of knee pain. A study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  found that smoking increased the risk for both cartilage loss and knee pain in men who had developed osteoarthritis in the knee.

Pain and swelling can be reduced with an ice compress but a high-strength topical joint formula is a far more effective solution. You can’t carry ice around in your bag, after all.

Even weight loss can help. Every pound on the body yields five ponds of force on the knee, so just imagine what pressure excessive weight can put on your joints.

Day-to-day living is affected if knee pain is present, but thanks to modern supplements, alongside healthy living, quick relief can be yours.

What is telomere health and how can it help you?

Telomere Health

Telomeres serve to protect chromosomes, but each time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten. When telomeres shorten to critical lengths, the cell dies. Shortened telomeres are linked to ill health and aging.

Telomerase, often referred to as ‘the fountain of youth’, is the key enzyme that repairs telomeres by maintaining telomere length.  That’s important in healthy living, because shortened telomeres directly affect our rate of aging.

What is a telomere?

In simple English, a telomere is a combination of DNA and protein that sits at the end of a chromosome. Like a small cap, it protects the chromosome, which would otherwise deteriorate or fuse with other chromosomes. Telomeres get shorter each time our cells divide, but this is an important part of the aging process. As our cells have a very limited lifespan, cell division is the body’s way of renewing itself and an essential element to our health and vitality.  If cells divided without telomeres, they would lose the ends of their chromosomes, and the important genetic material they contain.

However, each time a cell divides the ends are not completely copied, so over time telomeres get shorter and shorter. When telomeres get too short, the cells can no longer divide and they become senescent or die.

Longer telomeres have been linked to fewer illnesses and longer life, shorter telomeres to disease and mortality. More specifically, shorter telomeres are linked to strokes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, depression, obesity and osteoporosis, among other diseases.

Can we reverse telomere length?

Aging may be inevitable, but the rate of aging is not.  Research shows that telomere shortening can be slowed, stopped or even reversed by maintaining healthy telomerase production in the body. Telomerase rebuilds and replenishes the ends of the chromosomes to keep cells healthy.  If telomerase enzyme levels are high, the telomere length – and our health – is maintained.

Unfortunately, the amount of telomerase in our bodies naturally declines as we get older.  This is where a supplement such as Puraz T5™ is beneficial.

Puraz T5™ contains key ingredients that activate and support our body’s own natural telomerase enzyme production.  It also contains added antioxidants that are essential for protecting against oxidative stress, which is known to accelerate telomere shortening.

It’s just a simple matter of one Puraz T5™ capsule a day for overall health and longevity – and that all-important support for telomeres.

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Studies show many fish oils are rancid and lack omega 3. How does Puraz Krill Oil stack up?

Fish oil study

Given recent media reports on problems with fish oil, Puraz has had their Krill Oil product independently tested.

A Nature Journal article reports that a high proportion of retail Fish Oil supplements in New Zealand are of poor quality, containing both high levels of oxidation by-products (which indicate rancidity) and less Omega 3 than stated on the label.

Although Krill Oil supplements were not part of the study, it is understandable that consumers of it may worry.  Nobody wants to consume unhealthy rancid oils, or receive less Omega 3 than they paid for.  For this reason Puraz has taken steps to assure that Puraz Krill Oil is fresh, potent and accurately labelled.

What did the study show in terms of omega 3 and other areas?

• All Fish Oil products available on the New Zealand market were eligible for inclusion. 32 of these were selected.
• Selected products were tested for fatty acid content  and markers of rancidity (peroxide values, anisidine values and total oxidation).
• Only 3 products of those 32 contained the label claimed amount of the Omega 3’s docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
• Only 8% of tested products did not exceed internationally recommended levels for indices of oxidation.
• Best-before date, cost, country of origin, and exclusivity were all poor indicators of product quality.

Test results for Puraz Krill Oil capsules

Puraz Krill Oil was analysed by the Cawthron Institute for total Omega 3, EPA, DHA and peroxide values.  The graphs below illustrate how the capsules compare to those featured in the Nature Journal article.

Total Omega 3:

Total Omega 3 was 25% higher than the required amount, with both DHA and EPA levels being at least as high as the label claim.

Puraz Krill Oil was 125% of label claim.

omega 3 graph

Peroxide Value:

The peroxide value of Puraz Krill Oil capules was exceptionally low, almost certainly this is attributable to the high level of astaxanthin, a natural anti-oxidant.  In fact, the level was as low as the laboratory can reliably measure for this rancidity marker. You can’t get better than that.

Puraz Krill Oil level was <0.1 (i.e. lowest they can measure).

omega 3 graph

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Author Bio:

Sara Lake
Sara Lake is a Christchurch (New Zealand) based nutritionist, food blogger and MSc student of human nutrition at Massey University.

“Anti-Aging” Is it real?

Anti-aging help

There are many skincare products touting themselves as having anti-aging benefits. This article looks at the science and facts of anti-aging.

From smoothing out those fine lines to firming up sagging skin, anti-aging products make some very enticing promises. And each year consumers spend billions of dollars to find the perfect lotion or potion. But the question is, do anti-aging skincare products actually work? The answer depends on the product.

Defining aging

Aging refers to the biological process of growing older in a deleterious sense (causing harm or damage), which is scientifically referred to as senescence, or the aging of living things. Senescence is associated with many physiological changes, including loss of muscle and bone mass, a decline in memory function and vision, a decline in immune function, a lower metabolic rate, an increase in blood pressure, an increase in inflammation, and so on.

With age, we also see changes in our skin. Our skin becomes thinner and loses elasticity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, blood vessels become more visible and sagging occurs. Our skin also becomes drier and rougher. Essentially, we lose our “youthful glow”. Which is when people start looking for help.

Anti-aging and skincare

While skincare products cannot restore the skin of our 20-year-old selves, some products can reduce the signs of aging as well as slow the aging process down – and even stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production to produce firmer, younger looking skin.

Collagen is perhaps the most important ingredient to do that. As we age, collagen and elastin fibres degrade and that results in sagging skin and wrinkles.

Unfortunately, the sun, air pollution, cigarette smoke and even household chemicals accelerate the breakdown of collagen. If you add in the fact that our bodies make far less collagen as we get older (a process of senescence), then the signs of aging rapidly set in.

So a beauty regime that protects our skin from harmful UV rays is the first step in the anti-aging process. Avoiding cigarette smoke and chemicals is the second. These small changes make a huge difference to the quality of your skin, and reduce the rapid onset of skin aging.

The next step to anti-aging is to use a product that actually renews your collagen levels. You can’t do this with a cream, as the collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin. You need to take a supplement. And you need to make sure you’re taking one with collagen hydrolysate, which is easier for your body to digest, thereby ensuring effectiveness where collagen is used by the body.

Also choose a topical cream that contains antioxidants, including Vitamins C and E, which stop harmful free radicals. Free radicals attack and destroy collagen, among other things. Eating nutritious foods, which contain antioxidants, are also beneficial.

Few people expect a miracle, but these days you can influence your appearance as well as slow down the aging process.

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Comparing different skin creams

Skin Creams

Do skin creams work? They are not all the same.

With the enormous selection of lotions and creams available, it can be difficult to work out just what’s what, least of all which skincare product is the right one for you.  But if you are looking for healthier, younger looking skin, you need to consider the skin cream you use on a daily basis.

Moisturizer skin creams

On the most basic level, moisturizers are made up of oil and water and bound together by an emulsifier. Their molecules are large, which means they cannot penetrate deep into the skin. But moisturizers can hold moisture in the outermost layer of the skin, preventing and treating dry skin. They also act as a temporary barrier.

Ultimately, the creams available from supermarkets and other stores are designed for a large market and the levels of active ingredients are controlled and their effectiveness limited. That’s not to say they aren’t beneficial, but any improvements to the health of your skin are likely to be minimal. High-end moisturizers on the other hand may include vitamins, anti-oxidants and watering-binding agents, such as hyaluronic acid. These can help improve the look of your skin, making it appear smoother and improving the tone and texture.

Day and night skin creams

There are both day-time and night-time moisturizers. A day moisturizer is often lighter in compounds than a night moisturizer. One reason is that some anti-aging ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy acids and retinoids, can make the skin more sensitive when exposed to UV rays. Another reason is that your skin does most of its repairing and regenerating while you sleep. Night-creams typically contain powerful ingredients that are designed to penetrate the skin during the course of the night, contributing to the appearance of youthful, smooth skin. Anti-aging components can work as you rest; research suggests that skin may be more receptive to creams at night.

How to find a good night skin cream

To find a good night cream, you need to look at the ingredients. There are three ingredients that are essential for younger looking skin:

1. Hyaluronic acid is something we lose with age but it’s essential for hydrating the skin. All good creams will include hyaluronic acid.

2. We also lose collagen as we age, so we need to replace it if we want to achieve a more youthful appearance. The micro-collagen matrixyl, a powerful peptide that penetrates the skin, incites fibroblast cells to synthesize collagen. It’s crucial for activating the production of collagen, and is the number one ingredient for helping turn back the clock.

3. Argireline is the third essential ingredient. It reduces the depth of expression wrinkles, especially in the forehead and around the eyes. It works on muscle nerve endings, releasing neurotransmitters, which help reduce muscle contraction thereby preventing the formation of lines and wrinkles.

Day serum skin creams

For day use, serums are ideal. Serums are generally oil-based and have smaller molecules that are able to penetrate deep into the skin.

Serums don’t just temporarily improve the skin’s surface, they can help slow down the aging process. An advanced product such as Puraz Anti-Aging Day Serum can rapidly smooth facial skin. It also contains the active molecules argireline and matrixyl, making it the perfect non-invasive alternative for beautiful skin.

A day serum and night cream used alongside your daily moisturizer is the ultimate in healthy skin care. Try Puraz COMPLETE Day Serum & Night Cream – a proven skincare treatment that’s a cut above the rest.

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Lines and wrinkles, can they be treated?

Wrinkle treatment

What is the best wrinkle treatment?

The years may bring wisdom, but they also bring unwelcome signs of facial aging, perhaps just as life is getting good. If lines and wrinkles don’t feature in your plans just yet, you may rightly search for a solution. Is it possible to delay, or even reverse, lines and wrinkles?

What causes wrinkles?

As your largest organ, skin constantly encounters two types of stimuli that influence aging – extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic aging results from external exposures such as ultra-violet light (‘photoaging’) and pollution. Intrinsic influences include poor nutrition, alcohol, smoking, stress and chronological aging. Both categories of stimuli create damaging reactive oxygen species (“free radicals”) that attack cells. In addition, ‘glycation’ a chemical reaction between sugars and proteins creates glycated proteins. When ‘oxidised’ by free radicals, these can form particularly damaging advanced glycation end products, or AGE’s.

The primary target of AGE’s is collagen.  Within healthy skin, the largest component is the extracellular matrix (ECM), a jelly-like substance containing polysaccharides, water, fibrous structural proteins and proteoglycans. Among the structural proteins are 16 types of collagen, primarily type I (~85%), type III and IV – the latter provides basement membrane flexibility. AGE’s degrade collagen by cross-linking the proteins, rendering it brittle, breakable and unable to form strong fibres. As if that wasn’t enough, senescent (aged) cells produce collagen-degrading metalloprotease enzymes[1].

In summary, when your skin thins and becomes wrinkled, the culprit is reduced collagen.

Effective nutritional wrinkle treatment

Fortunately, nutritional science has been working on the distressing problem of wrinkles. It is known that nutrients like antioxidants and fatty acids delay aging and improve skin integrity[2-4]. However a less known, but extensively researched, supplement for skin health is collagen hydrolysate. It is also impressively effective.

Animal and human studies show that collagen hydrolysate intake:

  • Stimulates genetic expression of both type I and type IV collagen in the skin[5-7]
  • Suppresses activity of collagen-damaging metalloproteinases[5, 7]
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles. In a recent (2014) double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, daily consumption of the bioactive collagen peptides present in Puraz 100% collagen resulted in a significantly reduced eye-wrinkle volume (objective measurement) and a more youthful ECM profile[6]. After 8 weeks the skin exhibited a 65% increase in the collagen precursor “procollagen” and 18% increase in elastin, which provides pliability. Proteoglycans, which hold moisture, were also increased. Encouragingly, the results were strongest in those over 50 years old.
  • Reduces effects of UV damage. Collagen intake reduces UV-B induced wrinkling in mice[8] and humans. The Journal of Medicinal Food reported this year on a placebo-controlled study in which individuals taking collagen with astaxanthin (as in our Krill Oil) showed significant improvements in skin elasticity and hydration in photoaged facial skin.[7]

The science is clear: you don’t have to surrender to the signs of aging.  You can start taking action today:

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Author Bio:

Sara Lake
Sara Lake is a Christchurch (New Zealand) based nutritionist, food blogger and MSc student of human nutrition at Massey University.

Reviews:

1.            Daniel, S., M. Reto, and Z. Fred Collagen glycation and skin aging. Cosmetics and Toiletries Manufacture Worldwide, 2002.

2.            Boelsma, E., H.F. Hendriks, and L. Roza, Nutritional skin care: health effects of micronutrients and fatty acids. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2001. 73(5): p. 853-64.

3.            Heinrich, U., et al., Antioxidant supplements improve parameters related to skin structure in humans. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2006. 19(4): p. 224-31.

4.            Chiu, A.E., et al., Double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial of green tea extracts in the clinical and histologic appearance of photoaging skin. Dermatologic Aurgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 2005. 31(7 Pt 2): p. 855-60; discussion 860.
5.            Zague, V., et al., Collagen hydrolysate intake increases skin collagen expression and suppresses matrix metalloproteinase 2 activity. Journal of Medicinal Food, 2011. 14(6): p. 618-24.

6.            Proksch, E., et al., Oral intake of specific bioactive collagen peptides reduces skin wrinkles and increases dermal matrix synthesis. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2014. 27(3): p. 113-9.

7.            Yoon, H.-S., et al., Supplementating with Dietary Astaxanthin Combined with Collagen Hydrolysate Improves Facial Elasticity and Decreases Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 and -12 Expression: A Comparative Study with Placebo. Journal of Medicinal Food, 2014. 17(7): p. 810-816.

8.            Fujii, T., et al., Effects of amla extract and collagen peptide on UVB-induced photoaging in hairless mice. Journal of Functional Foods, 2013. 5(1): p. 451-459.

Boosting brain health with brain food

brain health

Boosting your brainpower

Like everything else in your body, the brain cannot work without energy. It requires nutrients to keep brain cells healthy and operating at their optimum capacity. Choosing foods that specifically benefit brain health is essential. Your memory, alertness, concentration and ability to learn all benefit from the foods you choose to consume.

So which foods can help your mental health?

Oily Fish

Oily fish like salmon, trout, mackerel, herrings and sardines are packed full of omega-3 fatty acids – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – that are essential to good health. About 40% of the fatty acids in brain cell membranes are DHA. It’s not just an old wives’ tale – fish really is good for the brain. Research has shown that eating oily fish three times a week reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Walnuts, flax and pumpkin seeds and oils, hemp and leafy green vegetables also contain omega-3 fatty acids, but in a different form. The EPA and DHA in oily fish are in a ready-made form, which enables the body to use it easily.

Berries

Dark berries, especially blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, are chock full of antioxidants that can help keep your brain firing on all cylinders. In particular, they contain anthocyanins, the antioxidants that are responsible for the deep purple-blue hue. They can help protect the brain from oxidative stress and studies suggest they may also help reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia or help delay their onset. Studies have also shown that learning capacity and motor skills may improve significantly on a diet of blueberries. Brain food at its best!

Nuts, seeds, oils and avocado

These are all a good source of vitamin E – another essential antioxidant for brain health. Studies show that higher levels of vitamin E are consistent with less cognitive decline as we age. Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc, which is beneficial for memory recall and thinking skills, while nuts contain magnesium, which is linked to improved short- and long-term memory. Avocados lower blood pressure and increase healthy blood flow. All of which contributes to good brain heath.

Cruciferous vegetables

Leafy green and dark vegetables are crammed with antioxidants like Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect the brain from free radicals, which can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Cruciferous vegetables, in particular (think broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage), are beneficial for brainpower, helping to enhance cognitive function. They all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. Broccoli also contains vitamin K, which is linked to improved cognitive function.

Brain health supplements

Eating a nourishing diet is essential for brain health, but we can’t always maintain a balanced diet with today’s busy lives. Dietary supplements, such as Puraz Krill Oil, are essential for maintaining mental acuity. Puraz Krill Oil is packed full of Omega-3s and, compared to ordinary fish oil, the Omega-3s in krill oil are much easier for the body to absorb – which means they have a much greater effect. A daily supplement of krill oil is excellent brain food. Make sure you put it on your list of daily nutrients that are essential for brain health.

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