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Improve Your Memory Today While Maintaining Healthy Brain Volume as You Age

February 5th, 2019

Brain boosting dietary supplements are very beneficial  for improving memory and recall, but equally important is their ability to maintain healthy and youthful brain volume as you age.

In this age where sophisticated imaging machines can look at the health of our brains, we’ve learned that several parts of the brain can shrink with aging. This shrinking (atrophy) is associated with poorer brain/cognitive function and may even lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  Akeso Health Sciences has included ingredients in the dietary supplement “Calm & Clever” that have been shown to help maintain already healthy and normal levels of brain volume in areas crucial to long-term brain health, cognitive function and memory.  Calm & Clever contains both anxiolytic (stress reducing) and Nootropic (brain boosting) ingredients.  Think of nootropics as food for your brain. When we provide our brains with proper nutrition, it can function at peak performance.

One such supplement is Huperzine A, a potent and well-rounded nootropic famous for its ability to improve cognition and overall brain health.  Huperzine A is an herbal alkaloid compound extracted and purified from the Huperziaceae family of plants. It has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.  Its list of physical and mental health benefits is extensive. From its ability to improve memory and recall, to slowing age-related cognitive decline and providing neuroprotection.

What is acetylcholine and why is it important?

Acetylcholine is one of the chemicals that our nerves use to communicate in the brain, muscles, and other areas. It is known as the learning neurotransmitter linked directly to memory and one’s ability to retain newly learned information. Acetylcholine also plays a significant role in muscle contraction leading to improvements in physical performance and reaction time.  Huperzine A is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI).  In other words, Huperzine A prevents enzymes from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. The enzyme in question is acetylcholinesterase which is an abundant substance in our brains. Therefore, Huperzine A’s inhibition of AChE allows more acetylcholine to build up in the brain.  By increasing the amount of available acetylcholine in your brain, we increase our brain’s capacity to memorize and retain information through enhanced neurotransmission.

Improved learning, memory and recall are just some of the many benefits of Huperzine A.  Studies have confirmed the following cognitive enhancements and overall health benefits.

Huperzine A:

  • Reduces brain fog and enhances mental precision
  • Enhances physical and mental endurance and overall fatigue reduction
  • Improves  physical power output during exercise and quicker recovery following overexertion
  • Enhances human growth hormone (HGH) production in young healthy adults
  • Improves fat oxidation in all age ranges
  • Significantly improves mood without negatively impacting sleep or causing restlessness
  • Provides neuroprotection to help prevent age-related cognitive decline and brain shrinkage (hippocampal atrophy)
  • Promotes nervous tissue growth and development through neurogenesis
  • Can improve and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions
  • Improves focus, concentration and overall cognitive function

Most of the Huperzine A benefits result from the increased acetylcholine production. It is not only a powerful nootropic but an excellent choice for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. The mood boosting effects arise from the subsequent increase in norepinephrine and dopamine levels.

Huperzine A performs several vital functions that allow acetylcholine levels to increase. Once increased, it begins to shield your brain from oxidative damage and other common causes of brain cell death. Huperzine A (a NMDA receptor antagonist) prevents glutamate toxicity from damaging neurons. Amino acid glutamate is known for its overstimulation of NMDA receptors, which in turn causes damage to neurons. Huperzine A helps prevent this type of impairment from occurring. 

Huperzine A is just one of the amazing ingredients in the dietary supplement “Calm & Clever.”  To learn about the other  ingredients in this nootroopic and anxiolitic combination supplement, click here.

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Are You Taking 500-1,000 Mg of Vitamin C Daily?

April 12th, 2017

When we are run down, stressed or actually sick, our bodies burn through vitamin C at an alarming rate.  Once your vitamin C levels drop, your immune system becomes more compromised which could lead to other health issues.

This explains why we are able to tolerate much larger than normal doses of vitamin C than we would normally require when we have a cold or flu or other infections.

Interestingly, in healthy people who regularly consume vegetable and some fruits and/or supplement with vitamin C, recommended vitamin C levels are around 70 micromoles per liter yet these levels drop precipitously when we have a health problem.  For examples these levels drop to:

42 in diabetics

31 during pneumonia

<24 in cancer patients

27 in arthritic patients

Oxidative stress and systemic inflammation will also deplete vitamin C levels.

As these levels drop our immune function will also suffer.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C at 90 mg. is enough to prevent scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency but woefully too low to provide optimal levels of this vitamin.

I recommend 500-1000 mg/day of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which is 5-11 times the recommended RDA.  Regular, inexpensive ascorbic acid is all that is necessary and don’t get caught up in all of the advertising hype about fancy and much more expensive forms of vitamin C being better or more bioavailable.

Vitamin C is protective on so many levels.  In addition to strongly supporting immune function, other proven benefits are:

1-      Protects against CVD (Cardiovascular Disease)

2-      Reduces the risk of stroke

3-      Protects our cells against radiation damage

4-      Protects against damage to our DNA

5-      Beneficial adjunctive cancer therapy (intravenous Vitamin C is often given to cancer patients).

6-     Beneficial anti-inflammatory

7-      Powerful antioxidant that also protects and restores other antioxidants

8-      Protects connective tissue, bones, arteries and skin

9-      Crucially beneficial to wound healing

10-   May reduce the duration and severity of the common cold and in higher doses may reduce flu symptoms

Vitamin C is one of the most important supplements to include in your diet to keep your body functioning properly. Whether you eat lots of fruits and vegetables or take it in caplet or powdered form, make sure to get at least 500-1,000 mg. double that if you are a smoker or drinker and don’t be afraid to really increase your intake when you are sick.


Click here to listen to my radio segment as we discuss Vitamin C on the Dr. Tony O’Donnell Show!


To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.


If You’re NOT Supplementing with THIS Vitamin on a Daily Basis at THIS Amount …You Need to Start NOW!

February 14th, 2015

D vitaminI am hard pressed to name a single vitamin that has consistently shown to be able to decrease all-cause mortality as well as cardiovascular and cancer mortality as Vitamin D-3 (cholecalciferol). The studies depicting these benefits continue to accrue.

At this point in time, I recommend that everyone supplement at least 2000-5000 IU per day of vitamin D-3, with the goal being that when you have your physician check your vitamin D levels after a few months of supplementation, they be in the 40-60 ng/ml range.

If they are not in this range, double the amount of vitamin D you’re taking daily and have your levels checked again in 4-5 months. Some people, even with additional daily D-3 supplementation, do not easily increase their vitamin D-3 levels.  If upon having them tested the second time, your levels did not increase very much (despite having doubled your daily dose), discuss this with your doctor.

Discuss this with your physician and you may have to take as much as 50,000 IU of vitamin D-3 a day (or more) to get up to 40-60 ng/ml. I know that going to your doctor’s office or a lab can be inconvenient but it is so worth it to decrease your risk of death from all causes as well as specifically from heart disease and cancer!

Here’s a brief summary of just two of the several studies that reported these vitamin D-3 benefits.  1.) Published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, 2014, Jun 17, a meta-analysis (a study that compiles and evaluates the reported data from multiple studies on a given topic) of both European and U.S. published studies found that: 0f the 26,000 participants (age 50-79) reported on, in all of the included studies, those who had the lowest vitamin D levels had a RR (relative risk) of 1.57 (an RR of 1 is neutral) for both all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality and a similar RR for cancer related mortality in those who previously had cancer.  2.) A second study published in April, 2013 in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition also reported decreasing vitamin D levels were inversely related to all-cause, cardiovascular, cancer and respiratory mortality rates.

Links to abstracts of these studies are below.  For those of you who are interested, vitamin D levels can be reported as ng/ml (which is the denomination we referred to above) or nanomoles/Litre.  To convert ng/ml into nmoles/liter multiply the ng/ml by 2.5. Vitamin D-3 in 5000 iu soft gels is relatively inexpensive and all of you reading this article should strongly consider supplementing this powerfully healthy vitamin today.

Links to Studies:


To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.