Every Tuesday, Dr. Mark formulates a special tincture at a reduced rate for our Thriveology Community! All Thriveology tinctures are masterfully crafted with the finest-sourced herbs, strictly of superior quality.
This week, Dr. Mark has created a very potent clarity-enhancing tincture. With a precise combination of powerful herbs, FOCUS improves mental clarity, attention, memory, and focus. “The standard American lifestyle promotes inattentiveness in many ways. Living a sedentary life minimizes blood flow to the brain, and eating food that is not nutritious can create brain fog. We live in an unprecedented time where our attention is being vied for by texts, phone calls, emails, and social media websites in addition to the demands of our everyday lives. FOCUS is a dynamic blend that boosts your alertness and attentiveness naturally. Think of it as rocket fuel for your brain!”
– Dr. Mark, N.D., L.Ac.
Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) – Brahmi is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat Alzheimer’s disease by breaking down beta-amyloid proteins that cause it. Brahmi improves memory and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and increases brain chemicals involved in thinking, learning, and memory.
Centella officinalis (Gotu Kola) – A member of the parsley family, Gotu Kola is highly regarded in India and is said to develop the crown chakra by balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which the leaf is said to resemble. Gotu stimulates blood circulation, has nootropic effects, slows down the aging process, improves concentration and attention span, and enhances memory.
Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair) – Ginkgo leaves have two lobes, like the brain, and the leaves come from one of the oldest species of trees. Ginkgo increases both intensity and duration of concentration and is used to help Alzheimer’s patients with memory deficits. Ginkgo also prevents the formation of the beta-amyloid proteins that cause Alzheimer’s.
Ocimum tenuflorum (Holy Basil) – Holy Basil, or Tulsi, oxygenates by improving circulation to the brain. In Ayurveda, it is known as an “elixir of life” believed to promote longevity. Extracts from the root have been shown to have mentally stimulating effects. It relieves mental fatigue and increases focus.
Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) – Rosemary has long been known for its memory enhancing properties; in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia says “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Since ancient times, it has been used to improve memory and boost the circulatory system. A 2003 study from the International Journal of Neuroscience concluded that Rosemary enhances overall quality of memory as well as secondary memory factors. Rosemary has been shown to increase accuracy of memory and speed of processing information.
Salvia apiana (Sage) – Native to the United States, Sage is widely used by Native American groups in purification rituals. Due to its high level of antioxidants, Sage protects the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals and improves cognition. Sage is traditionally used in Europe to improve memory and is used as an effective herb in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. The active ingredients in the leaf have beneficial effects on the neurons and other brain cells, and can increase acetylcholine levels and reduce beta-amyloid plaques.
Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) – Known commonly as Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha is a powerful healing herb that has been used since ancient times for its restorative benefits. Ashwagandha increases energy and concentration while decreasing fatigue. The root of Ashwagandha has shown promise as a possible Alzheimer’s drug candidate in animal studies. It improves memory by promoting neurogenesis—the development of new neurons.
What You Can Expect: This tincture can take 30-60 minutes to kick in. Expect to feel laser-like focus, improved short term memory, and greater mental clarity.
Contraindications: If you are taking medications, check for potential interactions with these herbs. In general, anybody with a medical condition should check with their health care provider before taking herbs. Specifically, do not use if you are taking Coumadin, are lactating or are pregnant. Tinctures do contain small amounts of alcohol so do not use if you are avoiding alcohol.
Dosage: The effect of tinctures are dose dependent, because each of us are unique. The average recommendation is 30-40 drops. Shake well before dispensing each dose. The liquid can be taken straight, or mixed into water or another beverage. For fastest absorption, take directly under the tongue. Hold the liquid under your tongue for ten seconds, then swallow.
To order Unwind, please call Thriveology’s Denver, CO office (303)636-0000 or pick it up at 7120 East Hampden Ave, Suite B Denver, CO 80224