The U ULTRA supplements range has been developed by Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil in collaboration with scientists from the University of Westminster. Lead researcher, Dr M Gulriez Zariwala, is Director of Europe’s first Centre for Nutraceuticals and one of the world’s most respected experts in the field of nutritional supplements.
The U ULTRA Mind supplement supports cognitive function and makes it easier to focus on tasks and relax and unwind. But to understand how it does this, you need to have a basic understanding of brain health and how it impacts everything from mood to concentration.
What is brain health?
Brain health is an emerging concept that encompasses neural development, plasticity, functioning, and recovery. Good brain health optimises your cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioural functions making it easier to be able to take all sorts of situations in your stride. to cope with life situations.
Numerous interconnected social and biological factors (including genetics) play a role in brain development and brain health from pre-conception all the way through to the end of life. These factors influence the way our brains develop, adapt, and respond to stress and adversity, giving way to strategies for both promotion and prevention across the life course.
How to support brain health
The brain is a complex organ with a fast metabolism and high turnover of nutrients. Nutrient-specific transport systems and physiological mechanisms constantly work to replace the nutrients used by the brain. Most of these nutrients cannot be synthesised by the human body – at least not in sufficient amounts – and need to be consumed in food.
A varied and balanced diet, rich in nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables and dairy products, can provide the amounts of vitamins and minerals needed. There’s ample evidence, however, that most of us do not get the optimum amount of vitamins and minerals to support optimum brain health through diet alone (1).
Vitamin and mineral supplementation helps plug the gap. In fact, supporting optimum brain health is one of the most common reasons people give for taking supplements (2).
How does U ULTRA Mind support brain function?
The active ingredients in the U ULTRA Mind supplement were chosen based on nutrients that peer-reviewed research show to be the most effective at supporting brain health.
Ashwagandha | Ashwagandha KSM – 66®
Used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress and improve concentration levels, ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine with its roots in india that has been proven to really work. The U ULTRA Mind supplement uses the most concentrated Ashwagandha root extract currently available: Ashwagandha KSM – 66®. Clinical studies demonstrate its contribution to increased concentration and calmness under pressure (3). It’s also proven to assist with cortisol management and stress relief.
An amino acid found most commonly in tea leaves and also in our brain, research indicates that L-theanine promotes relaxation without drowsiness, and helps ease stress making it easier to unwind (4). It’s also proven to offer calming effects, improving focus and cognition, when consumed alongside caffeine (5).
Saffron | Affron®
U ULTRA Mind uses Saffron Affron®, which is the saffron extract with the most scientific research behind it. Containing bioactive compounds that help with relaxation, mental and physical balance, Saffron Affron® has been proven to help maintain a positive mood (6).
Palmitylethanolamine (PEA) | Levagen+®
A natural anti-inflammatory found in egg yolk, peanuts and soybeans, PEA has also been shown to have pain-relieving properties. A cannabimimetic that acts upon the endocannabinoid system, it has similar effects to the compound cannabidiol (CBD), but is a safe, legal and effective alternative.
Although biogenetically and chemically different, CBD and PEA share remarkable pharmacological similarities. They both help stimulate the production of endocannabinoids in the body’s endocannabinoid system that in turn helps to regulate sleep, immune-system responses, relaxation, pain and more.
PEA, however, can be tough for the body to absorb. To overcome this, U ULTRA Mind uses Levagen+® PEA, which is formulated with award-winning LipiSperse™ technology to allow the PEA particles to disperse freely, which increases its bioavailability by 1.8 times compared to standard PEA (7).
Zinc | L-OptiZinc®
Zinc is a vital mineral your body uses in countless ways. In fact, after iron, Zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body and is present in every cell. It’s necessary for the activity of several enzymes that aid in carbohydrate metabolism, normal nerve and cognitive function.
U ULTRA Mind uses L-OptiZinc®, a unique mineral compound that pairs zinc with the amino acid L-methionine to increase its bioavailability. Studies show that L-OptiZinc® is better absorbed than other forms of zinc and that plasma levels remain higher compared to other zinc forms. This means the zinc in OptiZinc® is absorbed 24% better than zinc sulphate and has 21% better retention than zinc oxide, both of which are widely used in other supplements.
Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee: Advisory Report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service: Washington, DC, USA, 2015.
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