Neurohacker® Collective – Featured Brand

Neurohacker-CollectiveSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now offers Neurohacker® Collective, a line of science-based synergistic supplements formulated to support the body’s natural functioning and resilience. Founded in 2015, Neurohacker® began with a scientific approach to whole system synergy and a focus on health optimization to enhance and balance all bodily systems. All products are designed to support and aid the body to effectively regulate its own biochemistry so that the mind, brain and body can work together in harmony to attain whole body homeostasis.

Products are manufactured in a cGMP compliant facility. Well-researched, biologically active, high potency ingredients are chosen based on empirical evidence and known safety profile. All ingredients are subject to rigorous internal testing to confirm proper form, purity, identity and potency, as well as assure the absence of contaminants. In addition, market ready product is analyzed to verify the formulation and label accuracy.

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Qualia FocusQualia Focus: Qualia Focus is formulated with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, adaptogens and botanicals. These science-backed, synergistic ingredients nutritionally support focus, concentration and drive, and also increase cellular energy production. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Qualia MindQualia Mind: Advanced, comprehensive and fast-acting, this formula is designed to fuel cognition and promote mental clarity, concentration and creativity. Scientifically researched ingredients provide synergistic nutritional support for brain health and may improve attention, accuracy and focus in stressful environments and demanding situations. Contains organic Coffeeberry® whole coffee fruit extract. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Qualia Mind Caffeine...Qualia Mind Caffeine Free: This premium supplement nutritionally supports mental performance, concentration, focus and clarity without the aid of caffeine and theobromine. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and adaptogens, as well as DHA, phosphatidylserine and PQQ. Gluten and caffeine free, Non-GMO formulation.

EternusEternus: This rigorously researched comprehensive formulation synergistically supports overall whole body health, mitochondrial cellular energy production and many other physiological processes. These include sounder sleep, increased productivity, better workouts and a higher capacity to handle stress. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, ubiquinone, L-tryptophan, resveratrol and Sensoril® ashwagandha. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

The Gut-Brain-Dementia Link

The Gut-Brain-Dementia LinkJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

One of the largest global health challenges of our generation, dementia currently affects approximately 50 million people worldwide. While there is no effective treatment for neurogenerative diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued its first recommendations for reducing the risk of dementia globally. Per WHO, prevention through a healthy diet and lifestyle remains the best hope for those who seeking to avoid or delay the onset and progression of dementia. Although some argue that the evidence is not strong, lifestyle habits that benefit cardiovascular and overall health are likely to benefit brain health, as well.

In systematic reviews and observational studies adherence to a Mediterranean style diet of simple plant based cooking, minimal meat consumption and an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats has been associated with decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment. As well, recommended amounts of daily physical activity, not smoking and consuming less alcohol support overall health and a reduced risk of many chronic age-related diseases. In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, proper management of weight, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol levels may potentially decrease the likelihood of developing cognitive decline, particularly if adopted before any signs of dementia occur.

Many are already aware that a healthy diet and lifestyle is conducive to and necessary for short and long term health. While this information is helpful, it is not really new. What is new are the results of a recent study of the relationship linking the gut microbiome to deteriorating cognitive function and dementia development. The study, authored by Naoki Saji, MD, PhD, Vice Director, Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan, was presented at the International Stroke Conference and published online in Scientific Reports in January. Although the study has limitations, the results suggest that dysregulation of the microbiome is independently and strongly associated with dementia.

The gut microbiome refers to about a thousand different species of bacteria or microorganisms that comprise the trillions of cells colonizing the digestive tract. In those with dementia, the researchers specifically noted the depletion of certain beneficial and symbiotic intestinal organisms known as Bacteroides, as well as an elevated level of harmful enterotype bacteria, suggesting that the gut microflora may influence dementia risk similar to other risk factors. Prior studies have shown that certain changes in the microbiome are correlated with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions and may be linked to cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

This also suggests that analyses of the microbiome may not only lead to better management of dementia, but to a new form of therapy to combat the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association (AA) featured a number of studies at its International Conference (AAIC 2018) that investigated how the digestive functions, including gut, as well as the liver, may be related to brain changes and disorders. It now appears that the depletion of certain gut bacteria may result in an increased risk of the disease. Per AA, some scientists have reported a connection between certain bacterial species and protein build up in the brain. More recently, reports from experiments in Alzheimer’s Disease mouse models suggest that changing the bacterial profile in the digestive tract through diet may reduce amyloid plaques, lower inflammation, and improve memory, all associated with cognitive decline.

Here’s where the significance of diet comes back into play. An important modifiable lifestyle factor related to dementia risk; dietary changes can alter gut bacteria. The question remains as to whether diet alone can boost beneficial bacteria enough to affect cognition. However, some studies have suggested that there is an advantage to adopting the Mediterranean diet, not only for the healthy foods it contains, but the unhealthy foods it avoids, specifically sugar and unhealthy fats. In midlife, regular physical activity and healthy dietary changes, including improved quality of fats, increased vegetable intake and decreased sugar and salt consumption, are associated with reduced dementia risk later in life and may have long term benefits for the prevention of age-related conditions.

Supplemental probiotics to combat brain-related dysfunction offer a promising approach. Another small study published in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease reported Bifidobacterium breve A1 supplementation may have the therapeutic potential to manage cognitive function and maintain quality life in elderly persons. Further studies are warranted to examine the beneficial effects of pre- and probiotic interventions on gut microbial composition in relation to brain heath. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), probiotic development shows a great capacity for rebuilding the microbiota, restoring health and boosting immunity.

  • Increase your fiber intake by including a variety of high fiber fruits and vegetables daily. Foods such as bananas, asparagus, artichokes, leeks, onions and garlic contain high levels of inulin, a prebiotic fiber that feeds beneficial bacteria.
  • Include fermented foods that contain live microbes regularly. Choices include sauerkraut and kimchi, as well as soybean-based products, such as tempeh, natto and soy sauce.
  • While antibiotics are a powerful defense against bacterial infections, they won’t treat viral infections. As antibiotics destroy both harmful and beneficial microbes, directly affecting microbial balance, it’s advised to take them only when necessary. During a course of antibiotics, probiotics can help to reduce the risk of intestinal upset. Be sure to take them several hours apart to allow the antibiotic to move through the gut before introducing probiotics. After a round of antibiotics, broad spectrum probiotics may help to re-establish gut microbiota and restore the microbiome to a healthy state.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of overall health and function:

ProbioticProbiotic by Theramedix: This proprietary pre- and probiotic blend is formulated with select non-competing strains that survive the harsh conditions of the stomach to colonize in the intestinal tract. Each delayed release capsule delivers 10 billion CFU of seven strains of highly beneficial microflora in support of digestive and immune health. Vegetarian formulation.

Probiotic 10/50Probiotic 10/50 by Vitalzym™ from World Nutrition: Each delayed release capsule contains 50 billion CFU of 10 strains of clinically researched live microorganisms to ensure maximum effectiveness. This shelf stable advanced pre- and probiotic formula is designed to promote the digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as provide support for intestinal flora regulation, micro-ecological balance and immune health. Free of gluten, soy, yeast, dairy and artificial flavors and colors. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Probiotic Support...Probiotic Support by Quantum Nutrition Labs: This broad spectrum, quantum-state probiotic formula promotes healthy intestinal ecology with 12 viable strains of beneficial microflora. A unique fermentation process utilizes 95 different natural herbs and barks cultured for three years to produce healthy, mature flora and bioavailable nutrients. Dairy free, Non-GMO formulation with verified potency, purity and identity.

Probiotic All-FloraProbiotic all-flora™ by New Chapter: This exceptional shelf stable product provides 20 billion CFU of whole food, clinical strength live probiotics along with a fermented aloe prebiotic and a nourishing organic postbiotic blend in support of immune defense and digestive health. Certified gluten free. No artificial colors or flavors. Non-GMO vegan formulation. Suitable for adults and children aged 12 and older.

Kids Probiotic DropsKids Probiotic Drops by Metabolic Response Modifier®: Formulated for children aged 4 and older, this formula provides one billion cells per serving of two proven, highly researched strains of beneficial bacteria. The product is designed to help establish and promote the balance of a healthy microbiota in support of immune and digestive health. Free of milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, lupin, soy, gluten, fish, shellfish, celery, mustard and sesame ingredients. Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Dementia and Gut Bacteria: New Research Shows Link.
Human gut microbiota: the links with dementia development.
‘Bugs’ in the gut might predict dementia in the brain.
More Evidence Links Gut Bacteria to Dementia.
Bifidobacterium Breve A1 Supplementation Improved Cognitive Decline in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Study.
Healthy Dietary Changes in Midlife Are Associated with Reduced Dementia Risk Later in Life.


Vitamin A

Vitamin AJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Vitamin A is a collective name for a group of fat soluble biomolecules known as retinol, retinal, and retinoic acid. Vitamin A participates in a variety of cellular activities and is considered an essential micronutrient required throughout life. Yet, vitamin A is not synthesized by the body and must be obtained through the diet or supplementation. Dietary sources of retinol or preformed vitamin A include eggs, fish oils and dairy products. As well, provitamin A carotenoids found in leafy greens, yellow vegetables and orange fruits must be converted by the body to retinol. Retinoic acid is the primary mediator of the biological actions of vitamin A, which is involved in vision, tissue maintenance, lipid metabolism, reproduction, embryonic development and growth. It is also involved in cellular differentiation, the process by which a cell becomes specialized in order to perform a specific function.

  • Retinol and its derivatives are required for the maintenance of the body’s biological barriers against infection, including the skin, eyes and the mucosal cells of the respiratory, digestive and genitourinary tracts. Retinols are necessary for the development of white blood cells and natural killer cells that play a major role in mounting an immune response. A deficiency in vitamin A leads to immunodeficiency and increased risks of infections and chronic disease. Deficiency is often associated with excess alcohol intake and dietary restrictions.
  • Retinal is a light absorbing metabolite necessary for both color and night vision. Because vitamin A helps to protect the cornea, it is essential for proper eyesight. In combination with other antioxidant vitamins, vitamin A appears to play a role in decreasing vision loss due to macular degeneration. Along with lutein, vitamin A may prolong vision in those suffering from retinitis pigmentosa. Poor night vision, vision loss and corneal ulcers may occur when there is a deficiency of vitamin A.
  • Retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin A, which functions as a hormone-like growth factor for epithelial cells, which line the outer surfaces of skin, organs and blood vessels and the inner surfaces of hollow organs, as well as many other cells and tissues. This form also maintains normal skin health, switching on genes that aid cell maturity.
  • ß-carotene provides a major plant source of optimal naturally occurring provitamin A, a precursor that is converted to retinol, contributing greatly to the body’s total vitamin A level. Like all carotenoids, beta-carotene performs as an effective antioxidant, protecting against free radicals and inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules. As oxidative stress is considered a key factor in cognitive decline, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of cognitive degeneration. Additionally, ß-carotene may help to reduce inflammation believed to be at the root of neurodegenerative and other chronic diseases, as well as inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

To recap, vitamin A promotes good vision health, supports immunity and white blood cell production, relieves inflammation, promotes and maintains skeletal and soft tissues, supports skin cell health and repair and is essential for reproduction, growth and development.  One fundamental fact about vitamin A is that it is required for both innate and adaptive immunity and is essential for normal immune function and antibody response. As vitamin A performs as an important fat-soluble vitamin as well as a potent antioxidant, sufficient vitamin A intake is crucial to the maintenance of overall health and function.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements in support of overall health and function:

Natural Beta...Natural Beta Carotene Mulsion by Professional Complementary Health Formulas: Based on clinical and research information, this product is formulated with selectively sourced, concentrated beta-carotene. ß-carotene is provided in an easy to swallow perle format to maximize absorption and nutrient utilization. Gluten and soy free vegetarian formulation.


Vitamin A 10,000 I.U...

Vitamin A 10,000 IU by Douglas Laboratories®: Each softgel provides 10,000 IU of vitamin A (as vitamin A palmitate) in cod liver oil in support of vision, cellular and immune health.


Beta Carotene (with...Beta Carotene (with mixed carotenoids) by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic supplement is formulated with provitamin A as beta carotene blended with alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein in support of antioxidant defenses. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


A-Potene 25,000 IUA-Potene™ 25,000 IU by Douglas Laboratories®: Each softgel provides 25,000 IU of provitamin A as beta-carotene. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, starch, sugar and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring.


Vitamin A Dry 5,000...Vitamin A Dry 5,000 IU by Solgar®: This convenient dry tablet provides 5,000 IU of vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate) per serving in support of eye, vision, skin and immune health. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, yeast, sugar, sodium and artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives and colorings.

Immunity in Depth.
The biological significance of vitamin A in humans: A review of nutritional aspects and clinical considerations.
ß-Carotene Is an Important Vitamin A Source for Humans.
Carotenoids—Antioxidant Properties.