Ortho•Mind is designed to support cognition and contains ingredients that potentiate each other in doses supported by clinical research. Ortho•Mind improves memory and enhances the ability to process, consolidate and learn new information. But above all, Ortho•Mind supports the ability to think ... need we say more?
R-alpha-lipoic acid is needed by the mitochondria, or cellular "power plants," which drive nerve cell metabolism. R-alpha-lipoic acid helps improve the efficiency of mitochondrial function, while preventing the age-related increase in free radical production. R-alpha-lipoic acid has also been shown to reverse the buildup with age of iron in the brain, which is associated with neurological disorders. One study supports the use of lipoic acid in Alzheimer’s disease.
Ginkgo biloba enhances cerebral microcirculation in the brain, keeping needed energy and oxygen flowing to the brain. Many controlled trials have demonstrated the ability of Ginkgo to support cognitive function. Ginkgo has also been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease in a large, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The standard effective dose is 100 milligrams and up for standardized Ginkgo.
Citicoline is not just a source of choline, the main building block of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, but is also a brain phospholipid booster. Phospholipids are essential components of neural membranes, and their presence is needed for the normal responsiveness of the brain to neurotransmitter signals. Citicoline enhances the brain's ability to synthesize its own phospholipids. As a result, Citicoline increases levels of all phospholipids in neural membranes without altering the normal, youthful proportions of the various phospholipids. Citicoline also increases the manufacture or release of key neurotransmitters, including acetylcholine, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin.
Citicoline provides effective nutritional support in a wide range of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and dementia associated with Parkinson's disease, and head trauma. Citicoline can also significantly improve memory function in persons with "normal" age-related cognitive decline.
Bacopa monnieri, an herb long revered in Ayurvedic tradition, has been studied for its effects on cognitive-enhancement in children. Studies have also shown it to be helpful in relieving anxiety. One trial found that men and women supplementing with Bacopa showed significant improvements in cognitive function, with improvements in processing visual information, a greater rate of learning and a lower rate of forgetting verbal information, and a greater ability to consolidate new information.
L-Pyroglutamic acid from L-Arginine-L-Pyroglutamic Acid, is the so-called "forgotten amino acid," and is the natural molecule behind the nootropic drugs, such as piracetam, oxiracetam, and pramiracetam: these drugs are chemically "tweaked" versions of L-Pyroglutamic Acid. The nootropics' ability to improve learning, memory consolidation, and retrieval in normal, healthy people has been well established in clinical trials. These effects are also seen with L-Pyroglutamic Acid.
Lastly, Panax ginseng is very well known for its cognitive boosting powers. For example, in one study including 97 Alzheimer's patients it was found that taking 4.5 g of ginseng powder for 12 weeks significantly improved cognitive function in the patients. Furthermore, the combination of Panax ginseng has been shown to significantly improve memory.
Warnings: Do not use if you are pregnant
or nursing, or if you have had a heart attack/myocardial infarction, or if you have primary systemic L-carnitine deficiency or secondary L-carnitine deficiency (inborn errors of metabolism) for which supplementation is prescribed/monitored by a healthcare practitioner.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have diabetes; or if you have cardiovascular disease and are attempting to increase physical activity; or if have renal/kidney disease or are following a low protein diet; or if are taking blood thinners, digoxin, antidepressant medications, or medications for cardiovascular diseases or erectile dysfunction; or if you have celiac disease, fat malabsorption and Vitamin A, D, E deficiency.
Consult a health care practitioner if your cardiovascular condition worsens.
Some people may experience insomnia, anxiety, or headaches, in which case, discontinue use. May cause nausea, dry mouth and fatigue. Some people may experience gastrointestinal discomfort (such as diarrhea). Hypersensitivity (allergy) may occur. Use with caution if you have allergies to members of the Scrophulariaceae (figwort) family.