Support Brain Health at Any Age

(audience clapping) – The brain is the most
complex part of the human body and it’s working constantly. Research neuroscientist
and author Dr. Nicole Avena is joining us today to
help answer your questions about how to support brain health. Here’s our first question, take a look. – I’m almost 30 and my
main focus has been mostly on looking good and staying in shape. Is it too early for me to
start thinking about my brain? – All right, so what do
you think, Dr. Avena? – I love this question. I think it’s so important that people know that it’s never too early or too late to think about your brain health. Whether you’re in your 20s,
30s, 40s, or even your 50s, you can support your brain performance. – That’s great to know. Let’s take a look at our
next viewer’s question. – Hey, Doc, my name is Tatiana. In my early thirties, I worked a job that required long hours and late nights. (car engine revving) I was hardly home and most
of my meals were on the go. Now I’m 36, in charge of my
own art nonprofit organization, bringing art to kids and
I’m determined to do better. I’d like to start from the
top and work my way down. – Well, a healthy lifestyle
has a profound impact on brain health and getting quality sleep is a good place to start. Sleep and relaxation enhance mood, provide energy, and sharpen the brain. – You know and a healthy balanced diet also plays a big role. Research shows that a diet
rich in fish, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, olives, and nuts can help
contribute to brain health. And for caffeine lovers out
there, a recent study also found that it can also support mental function. Good stuff. – I really like that one ’cause I’m a caffeine addict really. So let’s see what our
next viewer wants to know. – My name is Chante. I’m 41 and I have a lot going on. (keys clicking)
I’m an accountant, a dad, and currently we’re looking
for our first home to purchase. All of this requires a sharp brain. What types of things can I do to support my brain performance? – I’m sure many people can relate with a busy and multitasking lifestyle. But it’s important to find
some time to also stay active. That’s important because
exercise improves blood flow and stimulates chemical
changes in the brain that can enhance learning,
mood, and thinking. – You know, you can also give
your brain a mental workout to improve function and
promote new brain cell growth by reading often, doing puzzles, drawing, and even playing a musical instrument. There are also cognitive apps available that you can put on your smartphones to stimulate that brain. So let’s see what our last viewer wants to know about brain health. – I’m Blanca. I’m a working mom and my
daughter’s six years-old. She’s in school, she’s taking gymnastics and drawing lessons and learning Spanish. I’m constantly being pulled
in different directions. I take vitamins. Is there anything similar for the brain? – You can support your
overall brain health by taking a dietary supplement and Neuriva is a new
brain health supplement that is dedicated to supporting
your brain performance at every stage of life. – So explain how that
works for us, Dr. Avena. – Neuriva Plus helps fuel six indicators of brain performance: focus, concentration, learning, memory, accuracy, and reasoning. And it contains two clinically-proven
natural ingredients. The coffee cherry extract
and phosphatidylserine which is plant-based, and it also contains B vitamins. – So tell us, what is the
significance of these ingredients? – So the coffee cherry
extract is a neurofactor that helps support brain performance. It’s been proven to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor which is also knows as BDNF. And the phosphatidylserine
supports learning and memory. There’s also the Neuriva Brain Gym which is an app and also web-based. And it has scientifically tuned exercises that you can use to assess,
to train your brain, and then to monitor your progress. – Well, I really like the idea of a gym for the brain (laughs).
– Yeah! – And because this product
is available at CVS, everyone in the audience
is going home today with a $50 CVS gift card. (audience clapping) And as always, make sure
to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. Thank you, Dr. Avena.
– Thank you! (audience clapping)

2 thoughts on “Support Brain Health at Any Age

  1. Thanks so much, I'm a 42 , female and i'm college student. I don't like caffeine, it makes me sick, I'm allergic to almonds. But I exercise all the time

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