With back-to-school season for us parents, we always want to fortify our child’s immune system. And I’m going to share with you my own protocol with my six-year-old son, Gabriel, using some of the wonderful resources we have here at Organixx to support, modulate, and bolster my son and all of the kids’ immune systems.
Using Capsules and Dosages for Kids
So, I’m going to share with you three of my favorite supplements that we use with my son, Gabriel. And I want to share with you, these bottles and the supplements, you are able to open them up and to add the powder to their foods or their smoothies or their yogurts or whatever they’re consuming on a daily basis. That’s how we incorporate these items into my son’s life.
And I’m going to share with you, the dosage is very different than the adult dosage, but these, across the board, are going to be powerful with the return-to-school season. When kids are clustering in classrooms – it’s always, always, always… kids are going to have greater exposure to viruses and certain bacteria when they go back to school. So, this prevents that return-to-school ick that will help us get through the beginning of the school season healthy and well.
Magnesium Supplementation for Numerous Benefits
So, the first thing that every child requires, just like adults, is a good combination blend of assorted magnesium. So, magnesium, there are seven types in our Magnesium 7, and the best way to consume this, especially for kids, is to take a capsule, open it up, and with my six-year-old, we add just about a third of the capsule into his morning yogurt. So, he will consume a nut yogurt, and that’s where I get all my powders, I get all my probiotics, all the good stuff into his diet.
Calm the Central Nervous System
Magnesium 7 is really great for kids for an assortment of reasons. One, it’s very calming. So, if they kind of have the anxiousness or the return-to-school jitters, it will calm their central nervous system down.
Support Healthy Digestion and Elimination
The other thing that magnesium does is help support their digestive process. So, it’s not uncommon when kids go back to school, their routines are a little different and sometimes it can lead to constipation for kids. Adding magnesium will help eliminate the constipated effect of return to school and a different schedule, and sometimes totally missing the morning or mid-afternoon bowel movement. So, Magnesium 7 is really great for that.
Help Improve Sleep and Focus
Then also it’s just, overall, a necessary multi-mineral. The assorted magnesiums is needed in over 600 enzymatic reactions in the body, so it helps them focus, it helps them feel more calm, and at night it helps them sleep better.
So overall, magnesium is a needed requirement for kids. And I love to open up the capsules, add a little bit, a third of a capsule, into some sort of mixable product. It might be yogurt, smoothie. You can even… Sometimes we’ll bake with magnesium. So, that’s one of the three.
Bolster the Immune System
The second of the three is the Immunity 3. Immunity 3 is our blend here. This is wonderful because you’re going to get vitamin C, you’re going to get camu camu, which has even more benefits of vitamin C, from a plant-based derived properties. And we also add zinc.
So, just like the magnesium, take one capsule, you open it up, it’s real easy to unscrew, open it up, and just add a quarter of the capsule into a smoothie or a yogurt mix, it could be applesauce… however you want to add it to your child’s food. But this is really powerful at helping to regulate their immune system.
Zinc is necessary also for focus and it’s necessary for their body to be able to ward off any ick that they might be exposed to with the return to school. Camu camu is one of my favorite plant-based vitamin C resources. And we have that in Immunity 3.
Enhance Mental Focus, Brain Function, and Acuity
Now, my last and final is to help kids with the return to school. And we’re also going to get some really good beneficial properties in Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain]. This is another capsule that you can open, and I would add a third of this capsule into the mix.
It has a little camu camu, so this would be something where I would add the Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain] in the morning and the Immunity blend in the evening, so you can kind of do morning dose, evening dose.
The camu camu, plus cat’s claw, plus the bacopa is going to be really powerful at boosting up their mental focus and also supports overall immunity. We also have cinnamon, which is good for regulating their blood sugar, and then also we have dragon’s blood resin and cacao powder. And there’s just so many wonderful benefits in adding in a good brain-boosting supplement for kids, especially with a return to school.
Sometimes it’s harder for them to kind of get in that groove, but these three items will help boost and bolster their immune state, but also regulate their body in a way that they are going to be performing better at school.
So, these three items are really powerful at helping your children return to school healthy and well, regulated in their immune state, and also helping enhance their brain function. I’m so excited to share this protocol that we have with Gabriel with you today. And I can’t wait to hear how it goes for your kids in their return to school.
Organixx Immunity 3 gives you natural immune system support against harmful viruses & bacteria, including the common cold, influenza, and sinusitis. This ultimate 3-in-1 immune support supplement provides 3 powerhouse nutrients in one convenient daily formula: organic camu camu (vitamin C), organic elderberry & 2 forms of zinc.
With kids returning to school, one of the things that us parents like to focus on is supporting our children’s brain health, and I’m going to share with you two amazing supplements that we have here at Organixx that I use in my son’s daily supplement routine. It’s a little bit of a more unique routine in that I take the capsules and I will break them open and I will put a third of the capsule in some sort of yogurt or smoothie mix, applesauce, or even a juice packet.
The Power of Fermented Functional Mushrooms
So, I want to share with you two resources that we have that are amazing. First of all, 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+]. It is amazing. There are a multitude of powerful, functional mushrooms that can help support powering up your child’s brain, and one of the things that’s really awesome about this blend is it’s fermented. So, we ferment the mushroom extracts in an adaptogenic, kind of liquid fermentation. So, this also adds to bioavailability of the powerful nutrients in the mushrooms, but also adds to stress management resources – adaptogenic herbals that can lower children’s stress levels.
So, functional mushrooms and 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+], some of the ones that I’m going to highlight today:
Lion’s mane is categorically one of the best functional mushrooms for brain function. We know that especially with young minds as kids are learning and teenagers, their brains are kind of resetting all the time. One of the things we know is that lion’s mane can really help support the neuroplasticity and the turnover of good healthy brain cells. So, we actually see the neurons firing in a stronger way and also developing in a healthy way so that their brain function, their memory improves, and overall, we see really powerful brain enhancement through the use of functional mushrooms.
There’s also chaga, which is a really good powerful antioxidant. There’s reishi and maitake – some really good mushrooms that we know are beneficial for immune health – but also are good for brain support. So, 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+] is one of the ones I will take one of these capsules, I will open it up, and I will put a third of the contents in a smoothie or a yogurt mix.
Brain-Supportive Botanicals and Herbs
The other one that is specifically brain-focused that we have is Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain]. So, it’s not just for us individuals in our mid-life or more senior time of our life, but we can use the properties of bacopa and camu camu to help support our kids’ brain health. And this is another one that we would open up and use a quarter of the capsule for the children’s version or the children’s dose. So, these two, 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+] and Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain], are really powerful for kids’ brain-supportive supplementation.
I’m excited to share this with you because one of the things with school returning, there’s a lot of kind of catch-up that happens, making sure kids are at the level where they left the previous grade, and so a lot of times there will be a lot of expectations put on kids and it can be stressful and it also requires that mental focus.
So, these two supplements, 7 Mushrooms [formerly 7M+] and Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain], can really help bolster your child’s learning and also retention as they learn new skills and tactics, techniques, and practices at school. So, I’m excited to share this tip for us parents out there who want to support their kids’ brain health.
Better Focus… Crystal-Clear Thinking… a Razor-Sharp Memory… ALL Are Within Your REACH! Each and every bottle of our Organixx Brain Health 8 formula contains a total of 8 superstar ingredients, straight from the AMAZON rainforest.
Today, I want to share with you several unhealthy brain influences that you actually have more control over than you might realize in the overall state of your mental health and the health of your brain and its functionality. So, I’m super excited to share with you these items.
1. Not Getting Enough Sleep
Number one, and most important for your brain is sleep. So, if you are dealing with irregular sleep patterns, insomnia, maybe you’re a shift worker, and so you’re not sleeping at the kind of normal time of sleeping, and you’re getting less than seven and less than eight hours of sleep each night – that solid, continuous, good, deep sleep – then that influence of irregular, imbalanced sleep has a deep, deep negative effect on the state of your brain health. And in fact, about five or six years ago, researchers identified that when we sleep, and we sleep solidly throughout the night, that actually triggers and engages the lymphatic process of your brain.
And we call that lymphatic process the glymphatic process. And your glymphatic process is the only time your brain is detoxing and cleaning out cells that are no longer serving it. It’s getting rid of inflammation, and it’s processing out that toxicity.
So, think of the glymphatic system as the nighttime cleaners in an office. So, when we work at normal offices and we go home during the day, there’s usually a shift that comes in and cleans and gets everything ready so it’s nice and clean. All of the waste baskets are cleaned, and you’re ready to have a clean work environment the next morning. The brain does that.
And so, by sleeping optimally and starting your sleep process around 9:00 and 10:00 PM, that helps trigger melatonin production, and it helps trigger other sleep-related biochemistry that helps to enhance the glymphatic process. So, that’s really, really important. And that’s number one. If you’re not sleeping well, that’s the first sign of an unhealthy brain state.
2. Too Much Stress
The second item that tends to be a negative influence in the state of your brain health is stress, especially chronic stress. Acute stress and chronic stress, these collectively are detrimental to your brain health.
Stress, especially cortisol, the stress hormone, is an inflammatory hormone. It causes brain-oriented inflammation. It also changes our biochemistry and our neurotransmitters. Those are neuroendocrine hormones that it’s all happening up here in the brain and sending signals and communication down to organs and glands and soft tissue. And stress can cause brain imbalances.
And just think about your own life. If you’ve had a stressful event over a course of weeks or even a few years, that can influence your mood. It can influence your reproductive hormones. It can influence your digestive process. So, stress is very much at play when we’re looking at unhealthy influences on our brain health.
3. Unhealthy Diet Lacking in Key Nutrients & Proper Hydration
Now, the third, most obvious is going to be what you’re consuming. What are you eating, your diet? This includes your liquid diet, so, making sure you’re staying well hydrated, avoiding caffeine, and avoiding alcohol, and things that are dehydrating. And also consuming healthy fats and omegas, and eating a rainbow of micronutrients.
These mushrooms we actually encapsulate here in our 7 Mushrooms. If you’re like, “Can’t stomach the mushrooms,” I get it, or cannot find them in your supermarkets, you can use 7 Mushrooms and encapsulate those mushrooms. But adding mushrooms to your diet is also going to be critical. Mushrooms like chaga is also an anti-inflammatory and it’s an adaptogen.
So, there’s a lot of power in supporting your brain via your diet, and that’s really important, too. Making sure you’re getting good, healthy multi-minerals. Eating nuts and seeds are going to deliver really key nutrients like magnesium and selenium and chromium – all powerful for helping balance blood sugar, which supports our brain health.
4. Not Getting the Right Exercise
Now, fourth on my list here is to exercise. That’s really important for functional brain health and improving circulation and blood flow and triggering that glymphatic process at night. But importantly, the type of exercise that you’re partaking has a powerful influence.
Exercises that combine balancing activities are going to be the most ideal, as well as rebounding. I love rebounding. It’s great for your lymphatic process, which in turn helps enhance that glymphatic flow. But making sure you’re doing things that are balancing – so, lifting weights on one foot versus two adds another element of muscle control, but also invigorates the brain.
So, if you are not exercising in a way that is kind of pushing the envelope and you’re doing balancing exercises on top of that – yoga and Pilates are great for that, as are stable exercises where you’re working on one foot and then alternating. Even doing pushups with one hand or alternating. Those are all great for enhancing your brain function. So, if you’re not doing that, that’s an unhealthy influence.
5. Exposure to Toxins
Now, the other element that many folks are aware of, but sometimes aren’t tuned in to in terms of just how pervasive these are, but an unhealthy brain influence are toxins in our everyday environment. These toxins range from perfumes to heavy metals that affect our brain and our nervous system. Pesticides. These are things that we’re using in our homes, we’re using them outside of our homes. We might be consuming them in the foods, the healthy diet, even organic foods tend to be dense in pesticides, depending on the type of plant and its exposure.
As well as our air pollution. Depending on where you live, I happen to live in a city, a metroplex that is on the higher side of poor air quality. So, we can have harmful chemicals that we’re breathing in our air, at our home, in our work environment, outside.
And then also in this category are going to be illegal drugs and alcohol and even certain medications. Pharmaceutical medications are going to fall into this category, because some of them will negatively impact our brain function by way of some of the particular synapses and blocking things that they do in our brain. So that’s really, really important.
6. Continuing Unhealthy Habits That Overwhelm the Brain
And then the last and final is to really avoid unhealthy habits like excessive caffeine consumption, excessive alcohol consumption, and excessive smoking or drug use. So, just be cognizant that if you’re having a glass of wine here or there, that’s not as overwhelming as say, a full bottle of wine or a half bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer.
These influences, especially smoking, they not only bring in overwhelming chemicals, but they can dehydrate the brain and overwhelm the brain in toxic chemicals that we have to make sure the brain is detoxing out.
And I also pull in this category, the diet-related products. This is something that a lot of folks, especially folks going keto, we are seeing alternative sugar sources overwhelming the brain. Particularly, the hypothalamus has a really, really hard time processing out aspartame. So, the Diet Cokes, diet sodas, sugar-free products – read your labels, be very cognizant of what you’re putting in your body, and it has a direct influence, sometimes negatively, on your brain health.
So, I hope these tips are helpful. Just really want to encourage you to be mindful of taking care of your brain, and it will take care of you for the extent of your entire life.
7 Mushrooms from Organixx contains 7 of nature’s most powerful mushrooms for anti-aging, longevity, and immune support. Using centuries-old knowledge of the power of nutritional mushrooms and our breakthrough new formulation process we’ve unleashed the power of mushrooms in a way never before done.
Today, I’m really excited to share with you five different things you can do every single day to support and protect your brain health. This is great for individuals of all ages and, if you have a family history like I have of Alzheimer’s and dementia, these are really critical in lowering your risk factors in developing those degenerative diseases.
1. Play Brain Games
Number one of the most impactful and important things you can do every day, is to mentally invigorate your brain. This classification would be things like mental games and applications like phone apps, where you can download… MindPal is one of my favorite apps…. where you play brain games. This is how we can use technology to help support that.
But also things like Sudoku and games like chess and other games that are going to use your mind, you want to constantly be activating your memory, problem-solving skills. Mental games are great for that, and the apps have a lot of scientific data. They queue up a lot of different brain games to help support, invigorate the brain centers so that you’re constantly rejuvenating and sending circulation and energy and focus to those different parts of the brain.
2. Practice Self-Care
Number two in protecting your brain is practicing self-care, meaning employing tactics that help you sleep better, that lower your stress levels, and encourage things that will calm your body and calm your central nervous system.
Sleep and exercise and stress management like massage, yoga, tai chi, getting out walking, being in nature, grounding – those are all good practices of self-care. I even put in “self-care” good-quality nutrition in this category. Just loving and nourishing your body and nourishing your brain with all the different choices you make on a daily basis.
3. Supplement with Nootropics
Number three, I love to add brain-oriented supplements and nutrition, brain-based nootropics. We have our Brain Health 8, which is a nootropic blend of assorted herbals and medicinal herbs that help enhance and invigorate brain health. Similarly, adding things like 7 Mushrooms and functional mushrooms encourages the enhancement and the connection of new neurotransmitters and synapses and neuro pathways in your brain.
4. Do Balancing Exercises
Fourth in this category is actually something that most people aren’t tuned into, but we know from recovery, from traumatic brain injuries of folks who’ve had accidents or injuries to the brain, one of the most impactful things that you can do to enhance your brain function and protect your brain is to deploy exercises and activities where you are forcing your body to balance.
Simply getting a balance board or a wobble cushion and doing something as simple as standing on and trying to level yourself or taking one foot and keeping that level and raising another foot, trying to balance.
There was actually a whole viral, I think it went viral in the last year on Instagram and TikTok, where one of the best functions of balance and is an indication of how healthy your brain is, functionality-wise, is to balance on one foot while putting a sock and shoe on the other foot and maintaining your balance. That seems like a simple task, but when you try it and you might be out of balance, as you fine-tune and use those different muscles along your spine, you’re also invigorating the process of your brain. You’re actually helping connect different parts of the brain or reconnect. Balance is really important.
5. Use Your Less Dominant Hand or Foot to Create New Pathways
In that same vein, my fifth resource that we can use every day to protect your brain and enhance your brain function is to take everyday tasks and use a different hand. If you’re right side, I’m right side dominant, so I’m righthanded, I do a lot of things with my right hand.
Even when I run, I start with my right foot. Well, if you change that up and you either feed yourself with your non-dominant hand, with your left hand, or you try writing with your left hand, or you try kicking the ball with your left foot first versus your right, or start running with the left foot first, not the right. If you switch that just simple activity up, that creates this new pathway and creates and develops new neurons. That’s this whole kind of interesting process of enhancing and engaging the brain.
Just like our muscle groups – we have to break muscle and we rebuild – the brain is the same way. But if we change our tasks, it kind of forces the brain to get outside of the normal routine and that is where we see greater brain enhancement when we have scans of the brain. When an individual goes from regular right-handed to writing with their left, it invigorates other parts of the brain.
This is a really powerful way to protect your brain and to enhance and encourage new tasks in your life. Same thing with learning a new language. That’s a really good thing also to invigorate your brain health.
Ready to Dive Deeper?
These are things that are great for enhancing your brain health, supporting and protecting your brain. I also have, if you’re really wanting to deep dive and kind of biohacking resources for your brain, I have created a masterclass. It’s called Biohack Your Brain, and we go deep-diving into using nootropics, dig into supplements like our Brain Health 8 and also 7 Mushrooms, and how to create new connections, how to invigorate new neuron growth and new neuron pathways, so that you live your healthiest, longest brain-healthy life, which is really critical. That’s a huge part of our function, not just in our mental health and emotional health, but also in the way the body functions and how it processes.
I hope these tips are helpful. I’m going to encourage you to Ask the Doctor, send me any questions that you have, and I will be answering specific brain health questions in future Ask The Doctor answers. Thanks for tuning in. I hope this is helpful.
Brain Health 8 and 7 Mushrooms from Organixx: When you combine these two powerful supplements together, you get a synergistic effect that gives your brain the nutrients needed to support optimum memory, focus, and clarity.
With the rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, more folks than ever are paying attention to brain health these days. However, conventional medical wisdom hasn’t always been overly encouraging on this subject. We’ve been taught that once the brain developed in the formative years, that was it. Our adult brain was “hardwired,” and it was all downhill from there. We were also told that our brain cells slowly dwindled in number and could never be replaced.
The exciting news is that researchers are finding that simply exposing yourself to new, positive experiences can spark a phenomenon called synaptogenesis in the brain. Read on to learn more about this way to boost brain power and keep your brain sharp and healthy as you age.
What Is Neuroplasticity?
Beginning in the 1960s, brain researchers finally began to realize that brain cells, like all cells in the body, are not stagnant. They have the ability to regenerate . What’s more, neural networks can rearrange themselves as well (for better or worse). This process is called neuroplasticity and it is the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections.
According to Board-Certified Neurologist and best-selling author Dr. David Perlmutter,
“Neuroplasticity provides us with a brain that can adapt not only to changes inflicted by damage, but more importantly, allows adaptation to any and all experiences and changes we may encounter, freeing us from merely responding reflexively as a consequence of genetically determined hardwiring .”
In other words, we indeed have the ability to “rewire” our brains based on what we expose them to.
You probably already know the influence certain foods can have on brain function. For instance, too much junk food has been found to lead to brain fog, confusion, and even Alzheimer’s .
On the other hand, healthy fats , green leafy veggies, and high-quality sources of protein can help create crystal-clear focus and mental energy throughout the day. And, did you know that the same goes for other types of input as well?
Can Watching TV Lead to a Lower IQ?
Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan found that changes in brain tissue occurred in children and young adults the more television they watched .
These changes, especially to the hypothalamus and frontal lobe, correspond to lower verbal IQ scores and possibly to higher rates of depression and aggressive behavior.
The good news is that the opposite is also true! Good experiences, especially those that create a sense of awe and wonder, can create disease-preventing pathways in the brain for a healthy, more robust you!
Synaptogenesis: A Very Good Thing for Brain Health
In order to understand why new, novel, and positive experiences can be good for a brain at any age, we have to narrow in on the process of synaptogenesis, or the formation of new brain synapses.
This, of course, begs the question: what exactly is a brain synapsis and what is its function? For all the “just the facts, ma’am” folks out there, here is the hard-science definition of a brain synapsis, as supplied by researchers at the University of Berlin :
“Synapses are specialized asymmetric cell–cell connections permitting the controlled transfer of an electrical or chemical signal between a presynaptic neuronal cell and a postsynaptic target cell (e.g. neuron or muscle).”
In translation, healthy brain synapses are what make you a higher-thinking, creative individual with a sound memory and the capability to learn and grow. The more synapses you have, the more “neural flexibility” you have. This means the easier it is for you to adapt to the demands of a particular environment.
Greater Synaptic Density = More Brain Power
It also means a higher-functioning brain when compared to those with reduced “synaptic density.” Studies such as a 2018 investigation at the University of Edinburgh in the UK have found that those with low synapses counts suffer from cognitive impairment, reduced intelligence and more incidents of neurological disorders than those with higher density .
3 Ways to Become a “Wonder Junkie” and Boost Your Brain Power
One of the best ways to encourage synaptogenesis and increase synaptic density is to expose yourself to new fun, exciting and awe-inspiring events. Here are three ways to kick up the “wow” factor in your life and grow some healthy brain synapses to boot!
#1 – Do something you’ve never done before.
Learning something novel promotes new brain synapses to grow. As it turns out, however, not just anything will do when it comes to building a better brain. Activities that involve motor learning as well as cognitive balance are best.
These include activities such as table tennis, juggling, gymnastics, rock climbing, team sports, surfing, even tango lessons… anything that gets your body moving as well as your brain firing in new and different ways would qualify.
#2 – See something you’ve never seen before.
According to researchers, exposing yourself (or your child) to “enriched environments” can boost brain power. One study found that rats exposed to “enriched environments” had close to 25% more synapses than a control group .
For human beings, enriched environments may include an outdoor park with lots of trees and sports going on, a meet up with lively friends, good conversation and a yummy meal, a classroom environment where hands-on learning is the focus, or a trip to a part of the world (or your neighborhood) that you have never been.
Any environment that creates novelty, learning, positivity and fun will work to increase brain capacity and get synaptogenesis going.
#3 – Do something kind for someone else.
Research also shows that changing behavior creates more synapses in the brain. Why not get out of your comfort zone and do something outrageous (and kind) for someone else? Commit to doing a good deed for someone else at least once a week. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Compliment someone you don’t know. Help a neighbor carry their groceries out of their car. Volunteer at a shelter over the holidays. Or simply offer a smile to a stranger who looks down in the dumps.
There is another advantage to using acts of compassion as a behavior-changer. In a study with human participants at the University of Wisconsin, Madison , researchers showed that being kind and committing acts of compassion helped to increase activity in specific centers of the brain such as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for rewarding emotions.
In turn, acts of love and compassion help to increase important healing hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. These feel-good neurotransmitters, in turn, lower stress responses, according to studies conducted at the State University of New York amongst others .
When it comes to brain health (just like the health of the rest of your body) neither your DNA nor your age controls your destiny. As it turns out, the brain is flexible and malleable. It can and does respond to external factors, and not just what you put in your mouth.
Why not commit to becoming a “wonder junkie.” Have fun, see new things, help others, and boost your brain power while you’re at it.
Brain Health 8 and 7 Mushrooms from Organixx: When you combine these two powerful supplements together, you get a synergistic effect that gives your brain the nutrients needed to support optimum memory, focus, and clarity.
Have you have heard of the cat’s claw herb and how good it can be for the body and mind? Cat’s claw is a rainforest herb that is traditionally used to fortify immunity, reduce inflammation, and so much more.
If you are new to cats claw herb, read on to discover the amazing benefits this botanical can have for the body on all levels − especially if you’re concerned about brain health and issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Exciting new research is showing that cat’s claw may also have “nootropic” properties. This means acting as a neuroprotectant (protecting nerve cells) as well as stimulating brain cell regeneration.
What Is Cat’s Claw Herb?
There are actually several types of herbs that go by the name “cat’s claw” which hail from rainforest areas of Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. For the purposes in this article, we will be talking about the Uncaria tomentosa variety of cat’s claw. This herb is also known as Saventaro, Villacorta and, of course, Uña de Gato (“gato” being the Spanish word for cat). The herb got its name because of the shape of the long thorns that grow on the vine.
Cat’s claw hails from the highland areas of Peru in South America. Another version of cat’s claw that grows in the lower regions of Peru, Uncaria Rubiacea, also contains many of the same healing properties.
The medicinal part of both varieties is the barky vine that is dried, shredded, and often made into a tea.
The cat’s claw vine has been on the radar for natural healing in the West since the 1920s and has an interesting beginning in the modern world. Dr. Arturo Brell, a German scientist and naturalist, was working and living in the Peruvian rainforest in the 1920s. He was using cat’s claw for his own arthritis symptoms with great success.
As the story goes, a colonist friend of Brell’s, named Luis Schuler, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Brell gave Schuler a tea made from cat’s claw to drink three times a day. A year later, Schuler’s cancer was reportedly gone .
Since then, dozens of studies have been conducted on cat’s claw to determine its benefits. One of the biggest benefits for all organ systems – including the brain – is how the herb can affect inflammatory markers.
How the Cat’s Claw Herb Can Help With Inflammation Levels
What is cat’s claw herb used for? There have been several research reports which have connected cat’s claw to decreased inflammation to help with arthritis relief, DNA damage prevention, controlling pain receptors, and other disease conditions.
According to statistics put out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as of 2017 23% of the U.S. population has some form of arthritis with this number projected to increase as the population grows and ages. This includes rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia . Some studies have indicated that cat’s claw can help provide relief for these conditions.
For instance, a 2007 investigation conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte  linked cat’s claw to lowering inflammation in osteoarthritis. According to the researchers, cat’s claw can “assist in the reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators and effectors” and they encouraged further study on the herb for arthritis relief.
Specifically, the U of NC researchers found that cat’s claw alters signaling of proteins involved in systemic inflammation such as the cytokine TNF alpha and also acts as a powerful antioxidant.
Chronic pain is another condition which has reached epidemic proportions in America. The National Institutes of Health state that about 25 million Americans (11% of the adult population) suffers from chronic pain, defined as having pain every day for the proceeding three months. Forty million (17% of the population) suffer from severe pain .
Again, studies have shown that Uña de Gato’s amazing anti-inflammatory ability can help. A Brazilian study  conducted in 2005 found that this amazing herb can reduce pain by adjusting mechanisms having to do with certain hormonal receptors.
Can Uncaria Tomentosa Support Brain Health?
Another of cat’s claw bark uses is helping to reduce free radical damage. This includes within the brain as well. One of the most impressive studies to date is a 2013 Chinese investigation  published in the journal Neurochemistry International.
Researchers found that components in cat’s claw have strong antioxidant effects on many kinds of free radicals, including highly reactive hydroxyl free radicals . It also showed that cat’s claw can protect against the harm of mitochondrial membranes.
In their report, the researchers hypothesized that cat’s claw may also be beneficial for those with Parkinson’s Disease.
Cat’s claw is turning out to be a solid neuroprotector against some of the most common conditions of cognitive decline. Some studies have discovered that cat’s claw can promote cerebral circulation and help prevent neurotoxic plaque buildup that can lead to Alzheimer’s.
According to some experts , cat’s claw can help with memory and learning and can help stimulate neurogenesis (i.e., the growth of new brain cells). It does this in part by boosting levels of a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF).
Low BDNF has been linked to conditions including clinical depression , dementia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other serious cognitive disorders such as schizophrenia.
In many people, cat’s claw’s anti-inflammatory and detoxifying qualities can help support balanced brain chemistry as well. According to the same Brazilian study mentioned above, cat’s claw has the ability to affect serotonin (5-HT2) receptors in the brain and increase tryptophan. This can help produce a state of calm and relaxation.
Many individuals take the cat’s claw herb because it appears to have the ability to calm a racing mind, help with anxiety, and assist in focusing and decision-making abilities.
Important Healing Compounds Found in Uncaria Tomentosa
Cat’s claw is chock full of phytonutrients which help detoxify and protect against stress and inflammation in the brain. Alkaloids are a class of organic compounds found in plants that contain nitrogen. Cat’s claw contains over a dozen types of beneficial alkaloids as well as tannins, flavonoids, and glycosides (quinovic acid in particular) .
The specific alkaloids found in cat’s claw (such as isopteropodine, pteropodine, isomitraphylline, and others in the oxindole categorization) – working in conjunction with other phytonutrients in the herb – have been found in various studies to be stroke-preventative , helpful for curbing herpes , and may even be heart healthy.
In addition, plant-based alkaloids, in general, are connected to mechanisms which can help slow down the process of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2011 report put out by the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona .
Cat’s Claw for Brain Health and Overall Health
Modern-day researchers are still uncovering the myriad of benefits and uses of cat’s claw. If you’re interested in adding cat’s claw herb to your brain and body health toolbox, it’s always advisable to check first with a trusted holistic health professional. Meanwhile, this herb has been used safely for overall health by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon for centuries… and increasingly by those in the Western world who have learned of its anti-inflammatory and brain-health potential.