Momentous Brain Drive is now available. Before you buy, take a look at how our formula is unique and why boosting your cognition can help you think, concentrate, and learn more effectively.
Brain Drive promotes focus, motivation, positivity, and learning. In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into each of the ingredients in the new Momentous Brain Drive, explore what each one does according to what the science says, and explain how our unique formulation can make your mind function more optimally.
Fueling an Active Mind with B Vitamins
B vitamins play an essential role in energy metabolism, cell metabolism, and brain function. In Momentous Brain Drive, we include the four that play the biggest role in the latter: vitamins B3, B6, B9, and B12.
Vitamin B3 – also known as niacin – is essential for nervous system development, function, and maintenance. It’s directly involved in the release of the so-called “happy” brain chemical dopamine, which is involved in drive, motivation, and pursuing rewards. An overview of B3 research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences also emphasized its role in reducing neuroinflammation and ensuring that brain cells continue to function properly when you’re undergoing stress.
While you can obtain this micronutrient from foods like tuna, peanuts, and turkey, some people don’t get enough from their diet alone. In which case, a supplement can help top up B3 levels. A team of German researchers investigated the impact of B3 supplementation on the brain. Revealing their findings in Cell Reports, they concluded that additional niacin intake improved energy production by increasing the activity of mitochondria, which act as power plants in cells. 
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – is just as critical to optimal brain and nervous system function. It supports the production of enzymes that are involved in everything from amino acid breakdown to fat metabolism to immune response. Per a paper published in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, B6 is also key in the production of the neurotransmitters GABA, dopamine, and serotonin, all of which help to modulate your mood and cognitive abilities. Supplementing with vitamin B6 not only supports such processes, but, according to a German research duo, may also improve how well you perform tasks requiring fine motor control.
Vitamin B9 (folate) – is vital for normal nervous system development, which is why it’s frequently recommended to pregnant women. It also assists in the use of vitamins C and B12, creates new proteins and cells, and promotes circulation. A study in the November 2016 edition of Scientific Reports concluded that participants who took B9 daily “significantly improved their cognitive performance and reduced systemic inflammation,” emphasizing that it particularly increased memory and reduced levels of cytokines that can compromise brain function.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) – is crucial to the creation and maintenance of myelin, which plays two main roles in your brain – ensuring signals are transmitted between existing nerves and helping you commit knowledge and skills to memory. B12 is also involved in the growth of red blood cells and chemical conversions needed to support healthy DNA.
A study released via Frontiers in Neurology found that people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease have significantly lower levels of B12, suggesting that the vitamin helps prevent neurological decline. Additional research demonstrates the vegetarians and vegans often struggle to get sufficient B12 through their diet, and so might benefit from daily supplementation.
Boosting Neurotransmitter Release with Cognizin Citicoline
The neurotransmitter (aka brain chemical) acetylcholine plays a big part in your ability to learn new skills, memorize and recall information, and perform high-level mental tasks. One of the ways to boost its production in your brain is to take supplemental Cognizin citicoline, a form of choline we selected for its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Researchers from the University of Utah Brain Institute found that daily citicholine supplementation helped improve motor speed and attention in young men who usually struggled to concentrate.
A group of American and Japanese neuroscientists noted that taking citicoline daily for a month enabled women to focus more intently for longer. Citicholine improves the function of existing brain cells and also prompt the creations of new ones. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Pharmacology found that citicoline triggers neurogenesis, while also improving brain signaling and promoting the flow of oxygenated blood between different brain regions.
Taming Stress with Tyrosine
Tyrosine is one of the 20 amino acids found in the human body. Though you can create it yourself by converting another amino acid – phenylalanine – and get it by eating eggs, nuts, and oats, taking supplemental tyrosine can be beneficial for your brain and nervous system health. A team of researchers conducted a review of the existing literature and concluded that tyrosine helped mitigate the ill effects of cognitive stress.
As your body uses tyrosine to create epinephrine and norepinephrine, it might also aid recovery from adrenal fatigue. Dutch scientists noted in the journal eNeuro that tyrosine “is known to improve cognitive performance in young adults, especially during high environmental demands,” and went on to demonstrate how the amino acid also improved signaling in four areas of aging people’s brains.
Improving Blood Flow to Your Brain with Bacopa Monnieri
For centuries, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have touted the benefits of Bacopa monnieri. In recent years, Western scientists have begun to back up anecdotal evidence of its efficacy with lab-based findings. A comprehensive review conducted at Taylor’s University in Malaysia found that the bacosides in Bacopa monnieri have neuroprotective properties that might reduce the risk of developing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. They also noted that the potent herb appears to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.
A study released via Rejuvenation Research suggested that Bacopa monnieri improves cerebral blood flow and improves the effectiveness of the focus-promoting neurotransmitters acetylcholine and dopamine. Another paper published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine concluded that bacopa monnieri improved participants’ recall, while also keeping anxiety in check during memory tests.
Acetyl-l-carnitine is an amino acid that helps protect the brain from damage caused by free radicals and toxins, supports thyroid gland function, and assists in immunity. Like vitamin B12, carnitine is also involved with creating myelin and has a regenerative effect, due to its promotion of growth hormone and nerve growth factor (NGF) release. In a 2019 review that found that acetyl-l-carnitine reduced the severity of pain symptoms, the authors also remarked that it appears to increase the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is pivotal in all aspects of cognitive function, and enables cells to use fat as fuel more effectively.
While no single supplement can be a cognitive cure-all, the research suggests that the unique combination of ingredients in Momentous Brain Drive can help you become more driven, focused, and mentally astute. As we wrote in a previous post, switching to a high-fat, high-protein breakfast can amplify these positive effects and further promote the release of dopamine (up to 15x, according to one study), acetylcholine, and other neurotransmitters. If you want to make your mind your biggest asset, you’d do well to try Momentous Brain Drive.
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