Brain Food

For Optimum Brain Activity and Memory

A malnourished brain and nervous system creates many undesirable conditions, like poor memory, short attention span, depression, lack of energy, sleeplessness, irritability, hyperactivity, anxiety, violence, etc. Knowing the correct foods that nourish the brain will help handle the condition.


Brain - a mass of nervous tissue that is the controlling and coordinating centre of the nervous system.
Nerve - any of the cord-like bundles of fibres that conduct impulses between the brain or spinal cord and another part of the body.
Neuron - a specialised cell which conducts nerve impulses.
Neuro-transmitter - a chemical by which a nerve cell (neuron) communicates with another nerve cell or with a muscle.


The following vitamins and minerals should be taken in the correct combinations. Consult your Health Practitioner for advice.

B Vitamins:

Choline helps the formation of the “memory” neurotransmitter - acetylcholine.
Inositol is used to treat mental illness, panic attacks and anxiety
Lecithin - Protective sheaths surrounding the brain and nerve cells are made from lecithin.
Choline and Inositol are sourced from Lecithin
Vitamin B1 - 150mg of B1 daily gives one razor-sharp memory
Vitamin B2 - maintains the health of the nervous system
Vitamin B3 - deficiency causes depression and psychosis. B3 and EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) help regulate neurotransmitter hormones
Vitamin B5 - increase in memory, learning and cognitive abilities. 250 to 500mg + choline improves memory – key ingredients in the production of acetylcholine.
Vitamin B6 - converts amino acids into Serotonin (an essential neurotransmitter hormone). Lack of B6 creates irritability, violence and poor memory.
Vitamin B12 - lack of creates confusion and poor memory Folic Acid - essential for oxygen delivery to the brain. Deficiency encourages anxiety and depression.
Biotin helps the formation of glycogen (storage sugar for future energy needs).


Zinc - deficiency causes violence, depression, anxiety, delinquency, hyperactivity, loss of co-ordination, excess fidgeting. Affects the immune system with colds, infections. Blood sugar problems require high zinc intake.
Manganese - lack of, overstimulates the brain to produce many psychotic states.
Calcium and Magnesium – Calms the nervous system - essential to combat irritability, excess fidgeting, lack of sleep, hyperactivity and “wound-up” feeling.

Information on Acetylcholine

Acetylcholine is known as the “memory neurotransmitter.” It is known to elevate mood, increase memory, longer concentration span, controlled focus, increased intelligence and physical energy. The main building material for acetylcholine is choline which is found in abundance in lecithin.

Choline is a key nutrient of the nervous system. It as a building material for the nerve cells, the protective shield of the nerve cell and nerves and is used for the production of receptor sites. A receptor site is attached to the nerve ending to receive a neurotransmitter. It allows the neurotransmitter to dock at the site and then transmit the electrical impulse it carries to the next nerve.

Choline however does not readily pass through the blood brain barrier to enter the brain. It so happens that when choline levels are low in the brain, the body will grab choline from the nerve cells to build acetylcholine. It cannibalises the nerve cells, which is the onset of Alzheimers disease. Alzheimers disease is from a deficiency of acetylcholine.

The nutrient DMAE (Di Methyl Amino Ethanol) passes readily through the blood brain barrier. It then converts to choline in the brain. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is needed as part of an enzyme to convert DMAE to acetylcholine.

Reports have shown that DMAE and Vitamin B5 are twice as effective as drugs in treating children with attention and concentration problems.

Visit and read up on Maxi Mind - ( – it is a vitamin, mineral and amino acid formulation which also contains DMAE designed and developed by Allan Wohrnitz (BSc – Nutritional Researcher) which contains all the brain nutrients as described above.

Use Maxi Mind by MaxUp with an Omega 3 supplement for best results.

If you wish to wean your child off medication and replace with Maxi Mind and Omega 3, it is best done under the guidance of a trained health practitioner.

References: The Mind Game - Philip Day, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind – Patrick Holford, Nutrition advices by Adelle Davis.

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