THE BRAIN & THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
The brain and nervous system are responsible for processing and storing information, thinking, sleeping, perceiving pain, breathing, contracting muscles, glandular secretions, maintaining body temperature and more. In short, they provide a vital communication link between our internal and external worlds. This happens because the sensory organs of the nervous system receive external information and relay it to the brain. There it is sorted, prioritized and passed to organs, tissues and cells so that they can adapt to changes in both environments.
The nervous system has two parts, the central and the peripheral systems. The central system consists of the brain and spinal cord made up of nerve fibers. The peripheral system is the network of nerves located throughout the body.
The brain has three main parts: the cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem. The cerebrum receives information, thinks about it, processes it and then sends it out. The cerebellum is essential for balance and coordination. The brain stem connects the cerebrum to the spinal cord and is responsible for regulating the functions of respiration, heart rate and blood flow, eye movements and pupil size and neck and head movement.
The peripheral system penetrates every tissue of the body just as the circulatory system does. It is composed of 28 billion neurons, or nerve cells that transmit messages by means of electrical impulses or signals to organs. When the impulses arrive at an “end organ” or effecter, they cause activity. If the effecter is a muscle the activity is contraction. But if it is a gland cluster connected with the digestive tract the action is the release of digestive enzymes.
The communication process and stress
The nervous system communicates two basic types of messages: one is to activate, the other is to relax. Some of its actions are automatic (e.g. the heartbeat, breathing and digestion) and some are voluntary (e.g. eating, drinking and walking).
To influencing the physical functions of the body, the nervous system influences how it acts or reacts to stress. The fight-or-flight response is a good example. This is a hormonally stimulated state that prepares the body for an upcoming challenge.
Stress is a factor in every life and the degree to which it affects us negatively is determined by how we react to stimuli around us. We need to supply the nervous system with good food so that our nerves can communicate and handle the various stresses to which they are constantly exposed.
Everyday hassles may seem minor, researcher Dr. Richard Lazarus has found that in combination they can have an even bigger impact on our health than traumatic events such as death, major illness or financial difficulties.
It seems that our nervous system doesn’t differentiate between a physical threat and an emotional one. Crying children, a critical boss, unpaid bills, traffic jams, missed deadlines and a host of other mental/ emotional crises can be perceived by our nervous system as a form of danger and may even evoke our fight-or-flight response. This defense mechanism can damage our health if it is evoked constantly and unnecessarily and the energy released by it is not dispelled through fighting or fleeing.
Prolonged emotional stress can lead to a breakdown of health. Evidence shows that many of us may not handle stress well. It has been estimated that one-half of those going to see a doctor have symptoms that can be traced to psychological stress. Emotional stress is not the only factor involved in illness and disease nor is it necessarily the primary cause. It is one of the risk factors associated with poor health.
Psychologist Donald A. Tubesing related stress to the tension on a violin string. He said we need “enough tension to make music but not so much that it snaps.”
Stress can be managed and its effects reduced. Exercise, meditation and relaxation techniques, attitude changes and improved nutrition are some effective ways to handle it.
Stress can increase the need for certain nutrients since it alters our metabolic process. An increased metabolic rate means an increase in the burning of carbohydrates. When larger than normal amounts of carbohydrates are metabolized, the need for thiamine and other members of the B-complex family may increase.
Stress is closely related to nutrition. The fight-or-flight response increases the metabolic process which in turn increases the need for certain vitamins particularly the water-soluble vitamins that must be replenished on a daily basis. This is why the B-complex and Vitamin C are the core of all anti-stress vitamin supplements.
The nervous system works electrochemically. Tiny impulses, or currents, pass along the fibers without the fiber moving, changing color or altering its appearance in any manner. The current is generated through millisecond exchanges of charged potassium and sodium particles across nerve cell membranes.
Let Nutri-Calm help you deal with the occasional stress and complexities of daily living. With generous amounts of the Daily Value of vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C, niacin and pantothenic acid, plus beneficial measures of valerian, hops and other soothing botanicals, Nutri-Calm supports your nervous system, allowing you to meet stress head-on.
METHYL COMBO — plus B12 + Folate
for Active Nervous System Support
Methyl Combo is a powerful blend of new Methyl B12 and new Methyl Folate designed sing the most biologically active forms of these nutrients. These two nutrients support the nervous and immune systems and support overall well-being. They may assist people suffering from situational emotional stress.
Vitamin B12 is only active in the body as methylcobalamin and B12 goes through three-step process to get transformed into this active form. In its natural form, folic acid (the most common form of folate in supplements and fortified foods) has to pass through four enzymatic conversions before becoming ethyltetrahydrofolate in order to be used by the body.
A 2008 study by the World Health Organization concluded that, “…deficiencies of [folate and vitamin B12] may be a public health problem that could affect many millions of people throughout the world.”
ENTER METHYL COMBO. IT:
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal neurological and psychological functions
- Contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue
- Provides nutrients essential for prenatal development
Methyl Combo bypasses these conversion processes because it contains the active forms of B12 and folic acid, methylcobalamin and methylfolate. When these two influential vitamins are bioavailable, they pair up and contribute to the methionine cycle, which takes the Methyl Combo vitamins and creates methionine an essential amino acid. Methionine is required for the healthy function of cells, proteins, enzymes, neurotransmitters, metabolic unction and more.
Each serving provides 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) and 800 mcg of folate (methyltetrahyrdrofolate calcium salt).
BETTER BIOAVAILABILITY? B-LIEVE IT!
The B vitamins perform a number of essential functions in the body. They help:
- promote energy
- maintain the nervous system
- support immune functions
- buffer the effects of situational emotional stress
- influence the health of most of the body’s internal organs.
A number of people are unable to efficiently convert Vitamin B12 into the usable form methylcobalamin, a three-step process. So consuming this form of B12 saves time and energy.
Many nutrients can be obtained from the diet, but some vitamins—especially water-soluble Bs and C—are easily lost or destroyed during cooking, food processing, etc. and are eliminated from the body rather than stored. It’s a good idea to get adequate B vitamins daily—and in a usable form!
Each serving of Liquid Methyl B12 Complete provides:
- 1,000 mcg Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin)
- 10 mg Niacin (niacinamide)
- 1 mg Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- 0.85 mg Riboflavin (B2)
- 0.5 mg Thiamin (B1) mononitrate
in a base of water, sorbitol, vegetable glycerin, natural flavors and natural preservatives.
Liquid Methyl B12 Complete may benefit vegetarians since dietary sources of vitamin B12 are mostly foods of animal origin.
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