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Vita MIND - NZ's Premier Nootropic Supplement
We collaborated with some of New Zealand's brightest minds to pick the best ingredients necessary, to create a nootropic product that would not only help support people's cognitive and executive functions but also act as a mood balancer and stress reliever for the user.
Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea considered nootropic a compound that fit the following criteria:
1. They should enhance learning and memory.
2. They should enhance the resistance of learned behaviors/memories to conditions which tend to disrupt them (e.g. electroconvulsive shock, hypoxia).
3. They should protect the brain against various physical or chemical injuries (e.g. barbiturates, scopalamine).
4. They should increase the efficacy of the tonic cortical/subcortical control mechanisms.
5. They should lack the usual pharmacology of other psychotropic drugs (e.g. sedation, motor stimulation) and possess very few side effects and extremely low toxicity.
Bacopa monnieri is a seasonal creeping herb native to the wetlands of northeastern and southern regions of India.
Bacopa monnieri is used nutritionally to help with memory formation and speed of recall. It also supports clarity of thought and heightens overall brain function for the user.
Supplementation of bacopa monnieri has also known to be used as a stress reliever.
L-theanine is an amino acid that is contained in green tea leaves.
The absorption of L-theanine promotes alpha waves in the brain. Alpha brain waves help us calm down and promote feelings of relaxation. Alpha waves are also correlated with effortless alertness and believed to be the mechanism behind the cognitive benefits associated with absorbing L-theanine.
The relaxing effect produced by taking L-theanine may help reduce stress.
Alpha GPC, known by L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine, is a natural choline compound found in the brain.
Alpha GPC is commercially manufactured as an extract of purified soy lecithin. Though there are a few major dietary sources of Alpha GPC - these being dairy products, organ meats, and wheat germ - concentrations achieved through regular dietary intake are well below those achieved through supplementation.
This nutritional supplement is used to benefit memory and cognitive function, as the substance is a precursor to the biosynthesis of cell phospholipids and the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical that our nerves use to communicate with the brain, muscles, and other various areas of the body. Ensuring the proper function of this neurotransmitter is essential to cognitive abilities and synaptic plasticity.
These factors combine to provide an increase in mental fuel which supports attention span, focus, and concentration.
Huperzine A is an alkaloid that's derived from the Chinese firmoss Huperzia Serrata. Extracts of the plant have been used in China for centuries as herbal medicine.
Over the years, Huperzine A has commonly been used as a way of treating Alzheimer’s disease, as it's linked to having the ability to benefit memory and cognitive function.
Other studies have also been implemented using Huperzine A as a memory enhancer for students. Conclusions drawn from the study found that Huperzine A significantly supported the students' memory when using it. Specifically, it showed improvement in their ability to retain and recall facts.
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is an acetylated form of L-Tyrosine. It breaks down to L-Tyrosine in the kidneys and is more soluble than Tyrosine supplements. It is an amino acid that produces noradrenaline and dopamine.
This amino acid has also been known to support cognition during periods of sleep deprivation.
Because of the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine, which is seen to improve mood, L-Tyrosine may also be useful as a supplement to help treat depression.
Vinpocetine is a synthetic alkaloid that's derived from the periwinkle plant.
Vinpocetine is seen to play a role in neuroprotection and helping reduce neural inflammation in the body. For a healthy person, it may potentially increase blood flow to the brain and support reaction time.
Researchers have used Vinpocetine when testing for memory enhancement and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other conditions that harm learning, information processing, and memory retention skills as people age.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a chemical by-product of L-tryptophan, which is a protein building block.
Derived from the seeds of the African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia, 5-HTP is known to increase the production of the chemical serotonin in both the brain and central nervous system. Due to the increase in the synthesis of serotonin, 5-HTP is widely used to treat many conditions such as depression, insomnia, and obesity.
Vitamin B6, which also known as pyridoxine, is one of 8 B vitamins.
Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters and is necessary for brain development and function.
This vitamin helps the body produce the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence your mood, and melatonin, which aids in the management of your body clock and benefits your sleeping habits, all of which contribute to a heightened state of focus.
A study conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Adelaide Australia found that supplementation of vitamin B6 was positively associated with memory performance.
Magnesium is an essential mineral, important for our physical health and general well-being. People will obtain magnesium from their diet. However, it's common for the intake of magnesium to be low in individuals.
Magnesium deficiency, particularly in the brain, has been tied to depression in humans. Thus, it's very common for magnesium to be used as a supplement to help treat depression and relieve stress.
A study conducted in 2006 found that supplementation of magnesium aided in the recovery of major depression. Notably, it found that magnesium can be effective in reducing stress, by helping induce sleep, and sleep is vital to recovery from depression.
Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid that includes both amino acids and fatty acids.
Phosphatidylserine is a vital chemical that has general functions in the body. It's part of our body's cell structure and is crucial for the maintenance of cellular function, especially in the brain.
The main benefit of Phosphatidylserine is the pleasing effect it has on memory, particularly in people with memory complaints.
- CX Reporting and Insights Lead at Xero
As an Analyst, problem solving, speed, and accuracy are the most important parts of the job.
I got onto Vita MIND because I was looking for something to take me to the next level both at work, and on the golf course. After the first 4 days using Vita MIND I noticed that my ability to maintain focus throughout the day had increased, as well as my mood and energy levels, leaving me far more productive at work.
On the golf course I was able to control my emotions, maintain concentration, and ultimately resulted in more consistent scoring. This has made me enjoy my work and play so much more!
- Wellington Firebirds
I've been using Vita MIND for a month now and have found the effects extremely beneficial with my day to day activities.
Being an aspiring professional athlete while working a full-time job, I need a tool to retain my mental edge throughout the whole day with training and work, and I have found Vita MIND has given me this. I'm now feeling fresh and confident and it's helping me reach my full potential.
- Consultant at EY
The pressures of a busy job in consulting and studying on the side demand some serious cognitive application at times. I am always looking to enhance that through diet, exercise, meditation, and the like. Vita MIND is another string in that bow and has helped me to perform at my peak.
I've been taking two capsules every morning after breakfast and have noticed a significant change in the longevity of my focus. Whether it's coding, analysing data or conducting presentations, I can stay in the zone for an extra few hours which makes a world of difference to my daily output. In a world full of distractions, it's great to have a supplement for tunnel vision focus.
Since taking Vita MIND, I have had a lot more energy, which means that I have been reaching for the coffee pot less often. I have also noticed my mood is now more balanced and upbeat even when I am under the pump at work.
It's been awesome. Being injured and driving long distances for work had put a dampener on my personal life with being tired and sore. Since taking it I've felt less lethargic, more energetic, and focused throughout my day. Thus, putting me in a better mood to enjoy what I want to do. Gave something new a shot and stoked with the outcome.
I usually get bogged out staring at a screen editing, driving long distances and exploring. My mind is actively working away day and night. I used to drink energy drinks daily to keep me awake but I crashed hard and the concentration wasn't there. Introduce Vita MIND from Kaizen Age and the turbo has definitely kicked in.
Top 3 Recovery Tools for 2018!
With another year underway, it's time for you to take your training to the next level. Recovery is often the forgotten aspect of training, but it's vital for long-term improvement. We want to make sure that 2018 is the best year for you healthwise, so we've given you our top three recovery tools to enhance your training.