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Q: I’m In Need Of Brain Nutrients
Hi Dr. Hull – I’d like your advice.
I am in the process of researching a small number of brain supplements that will help me protect and nurture my brain … I am a DAV WWII veteran and have had a number of years of PTSD treatments. I am in reasonably good health, and I only take one medicine – 1/2 tab, 16 mgs of atacand to keep my blood flow optimal.
These are the nutrients I have chosen:
- ALC (Acetyl L Carnitine) 250 mgs
- Non-GMO Lecithin Granules (1 Tbsp daily with breakfast; contains choline and PS)
- Vinpocetine, 20 mgs, once daily with food
- Gaba 500 mg caps as needed – mid morning on empty stomach
- 3 mg tab Melatonin
What do you think concerning the above …..?
A: From Dr. Hull
Well, you know me – I’m guessing without seeing a hair analysis for you, but, I can give you some insights.
Germanium and selenium are good brain nutrients because they serve as antioxidants, which gets more oxygen to your brain – and that’s always a good thing.
Do you know what your germanium and selenium levels are?
I don’t like recommending taking any supplement until I know for sure if your body is high or low in it, but these are necessary brain supplements.
When taking any amino acid, I ALWAYS recommend taking an amino acid complex as opposed to isolated amino acids.
One of the original aspartame researchers, Dr. John Olney, MD, first told me that isolated amino acids are dangerous.
That always made so much sense to me.
He discovered that the isolated amino acids in his aspartame studies were eating holes (lesions) in the brains of his laboratory mice. He told me that amino acids are NEVER found in isolated form within nature, but are always found in a complex of a minimum of 8 amino acids.
So, I suggest adding an amino complex to the one amino acid (L Carnitine) that you are currently taking – you can take them both together.
Lecithin and GABA are great supplements, and there is nothing wrong with a melatonin boost. Holy Basil before bed works well, too, but Pure Sleep is my favorite supplement to take 30 to 45 minutes before bed; it supports your growth hormones during sleep, which helps with healing and restoration of your organs and tissues, and it keeps you in deep REM.
When using vinpocetine, make sure it is always in its most natural form possible. If you are using any herbal supplements, such as periwinkle, always supplement with the purest forms, and use them only for a short period of time to avoid dependencies.
After supplementing for around 3 months, take a break for a month to 6 weeks, and then repeat the protocol again. Herbs were never meant to be used regularly, in my opinion, but used more sporadically, in timed intervals.
Have you tried pure B3 niacin to replace the atacand to maintain thin and clean blood and better circulation? Niacin is a vitamin that is non-addictive, and vitamins are essential elements necessary to take regularly.
If any health symptoms seem to be looming, consider doing a hair analysis to see if something else is going on. If you are merely using these supplements for preventative measures, then continue on your program if you feel it is working well for you.
It’s something to think about!
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