More About Nervous System Support
More than a feeling
Comprised of the brain and an intricate network of nerves and specialized nerve cells known as neurons, the nervous system is the command and control system for your entire body. Our ability to feel is the function most of us associate with the nervous system, but it’s actually responsible for much, much more.
In addition to feeling, your nervous system coordinates all actions you take, both voluntary and involuntary. It facilitates communication between various body systems by transmitting electrical impulses that serve as signals to and from the brain. It regulates numerous other vital body functions, such as your breathing and blood pressure.
There are two major components of the nervous system. The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is comprised of the vast network of nerves that connects the rest of your body to the central nervous system.
Maintaining a healthy nervous system
Just like every body system, your nervous system requires a healthy supply of staple nutrients such as vitamins and minerals to maintain normal, healthy structure and function. In addition, there are a number of specialized nutrients and even herbs that can help support normal nervous system functions.
- Lecithin – Lecithin is a natural, fatty substance that’s an integral component of cell membranes. It’s comprised of various biochemicals including essential fatty acids, as well as phospholipids and phosphatides such as phosphatidyl choline and phosphatidyl serine. Phosphatidyl choline is a major component of the brain and nervous system. (More About Lecithin and Phosphatides) (Lecithin, Sunflower Lecithin and all Nervous System Products)
- L-Theanine – L-Theanine is a unique amino acid found naturally in the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). L-Theanine promotes relaxation while maintaining alertness and promotes healthy cognitive function. Researchers believe this relaxing effect may help L-Theanine support healthy vascular function as well. (L-Theanine Powder, 100 mg Chewable, 100 mg Veg Capsule, 200 mg Veg Capsule)
- Kava Kava – Also known simply as kava, the kava kava plant (Piper methysticum) is found throughout the islands of the Pacific and has a long history of use by islanders. Kava has been traditionally used to support a healthy mood and relaxation. The roots of the kava plant have naturally occurring substances called kavalactones that are believed to be responsible for this plant’s benefits. (Kava Kava Extract Liquid, 250 mg Veg Capsules)
- GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) – GABA (powder, 750 mg veg capsules, 500 mg veg capsules, orange flavor chewable tablets) is a non-protein amino acid that is naturally produced in the body. GABA is the brain’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter and healthy levels are associated with a relaxed mood. GABA also plays a central role in regulating intercellular communication and normal cognition.
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