Nootropics For Brain Fog: Why Cognizin Could Be The Key

Brain fog is a vague, but frequent problem. Here's how LYMA's nootropic helps.

5 Minute ReadEducation by David Levesley

07.02.22

Brain fog is not a medical term, but rather a common way of describing common symptoms of many different causes. Those symptoms include poor concentration, confusion, memory lapse and thinking slower than usual. If you’ve had COVID-19, you may have experienced it both during and after. People with cancer, lupus, multiple sclerosis or chronic fatigue syndrome may also experience it. A lack of sleep, or certain medications, can also exacerbate it.

Luckily, issues with concentration and memory can be somewhat abetted (though, of course, different situations vary.) If your current medical record allows for you to consider taking supplements then nootropics – and particularly the one in LYMA’s Supplement – are well worth considering.

What are nootropics

Nootropics are natural substances that, in different ways, assist with focus and concentration. Some are better in the short-term – such as caffeine – and provide a crash following an intense boost. Others provide a very small boost to concentration and memory immediately, but proactively work to nourish your brain by feeding it right, allowing it to produce more of what the brain needs to function at its peak and improve the communication cells known as neurons. Think of it like you’re giving your brain the right meal plan for it to develop a six pack. Some also help to stimulate the production of phospholipids, fatty cells which make up a large percentage of cell membranes, which help to keep cells in the brain supple.

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What is citicoline?

Citicoline is one of the most lauded nootropics, and is a type of choline: an essential nutrient produced in the body, which helps make phospholipids. Phospholipids keep your brain well fed by improving the transfer of nutrients and the like around the brain, while also keeping your memory sharp as you age.

Phospholipids are available as supplements themselves, so why – you might ask – should I take something that synthesises them instead? Well, phospholipids are such big molecules that they are not always easy for the body to absorb. Citicoline is much easier, and helps to produce the good stuff from the inside.

This makes citicoline ideal if you’re looking for a nootropic that prioritises long-term brain nourishment, rather than an immediate rush. “You’re helping the brain structures and cells be as healthy as possible,” explained Danielle Citrolo, resident pharmacist at US nootropic company Kyowa Hakko, “and maintain their health over time, for as long as you continue to take it.”

What is cognizin, and how does it help brain fog?

Cognizin® is a patented form of citicoline, and backed up by dozens of peer-reviewed trials and clinical studies. That’s why we at LYMA use it in our Supplement.

How it helps concentration: In one study, people taking Cognizin® did a fancy type of MRI known as a Phosphorous Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. The scan showed a significant increase in phosphorous in the brain, and also that the brain’s focus and concentration centre - the anterior cingulate cortex – was particularly benefitting.

How it helps memory: A recent study tested 500mg of Cognizin® on American 50-85 year olds who experienced ‘age associated memory impairment’ - aka normal decline in memory associated to ageing. Over 12 weeks, this high dosage of Cognizin® allowed the subjects to improve their performance in cognitive tests measuring short-term spatial, working, and episodic memory.

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Brain fog and the menopause

One of the symptoms of the menopause is brain fog, which some people find particularly crippling. The team behind Cognizin® have carried out a study specifically on citicoline’s benefits for middle-aged women, and subjects who took upwards of 250mg of Cognizin® made fewer errors, focused more, and were more attentive.

The data backs up Cognizin ®, but sometimes we know it can help to hear from real people too. Here are a couple of our case studies from menopausal women about how LYMA helped them mentally:

  • Ivana’s story recounts how a combination of LYMA and HRT helped her to overcome her menopausal brain fog.
  • Emma’s story also shows how LYMA helped to clear the brain fog, panic attacks and memory loss she was experiencing.
  • Gillian recounts how LYMA helped her challenge the concentration issues she was experiencing due to menopausal brain fog.

To learn more about the psychological impact of the menopause, read our guide here.

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What else can help brain fog?

Alongside the correct supplementation, there are a few other habits you can cultivate to fight brain fog regardless of cause.

Aerobic exercise: there’s no need to go too hard or go into full HIIT mode. Exercise and brain health are linked, so aim to be active for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

A Mediterranean diet: a diet rich in olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains can improve your brain’s health.

Avoiding alcohol and drugs: while complete abstinence might not be necessary, these are substances that muddle the brain. Cutting down could do you a world of good.

A good night’s sleep: in a shock to absolutely nobody, sleeping well continues to be something close to a complete panacea.

Socialising: seeing other people and doing activities with loved ones helps dust the cobwebs of your thinking and memory skills.

Use your brain: reading, puzzles, consuming culture, practicing mindfulness – all of these things help to improve your cognitive functions.

Does Omega-3 help with brain fog?

Omega-3 is key for good brain health. It can improve brain function in people with cognitive impairments - like Alzheimer's disease or dementia - and can be found in fatty fish like salmon, anchovies, mackerel or sardines. If you don't eat fish it's also present in flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

While Omega-3 is great for the brain, taking a supplement version of it might not be having the benefits you'd like. They may be the biggest sellers in the supplements industry but, it should be remembered, the industry is full of placebos that lack efficacy. In the largest study conducted into fish oil supplements (which focused on cardiovascular health rather than the brain) it was found that the supplements had little to no effect. But studies have shown that Omega-3 via your diet does indeed work: a study following 852 Dutch men, again focused on cardiovascular health, found eating fish every day reduced their mortality rates from coronary heart disease by 50%.

In conclusion: Omega-3 through your diet is a great thing to focus on to improve your heart and brain. But if you're looking for something beyond what a good diet would be giving you, focusing on nootropics - and Supplements that contain them, like LYMA - might be your best bet. Pari, one of our customers, used to take Omega-3 alongside 27 other supplements and vitamins every day, but they weren't preventing the changes that came with the menopause. "When you’ve taken something every day for your whole life, it’s easy to just presume it’s working and you never truly know," she told us. "I found LYMA when I’d hit rock bottom and I'm not going give up on it, ever. I only wish I’d done this earlier."

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