Arbonne Mind Health supplement is designed to help you get the most out of your day by supporting brain health and neurological functions!
From the Mind Health Product Sheet:
Multitask to the max. Sunflower seed derived phosphatidylserine, a key building block for brain cells, and vitamin B12 support neurological performance like concentration and focus. Use daily to help support brain health and cognitive performance including aspects like memory and learning. The delicious cherry-lime flavored formula has supportive ingredients like grape seed extract and CoQ10 to help maintain a healthy nervous system.Arbonne Essentials
Let’s take a look at the different ingredients and see how they’re designed to give your brain the best boost!
Mind Health Ingredients
B vitamins are absolutely essential to all kinds of different functions in the human body, including energy production, red blood cells, and immune system. But Vitamin B12 is specifically helpful to our neurological health. Vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to some psychiatric issues and brain degeneration. Even mildly low Vitamin B12 levels are associated with memory loss.
So Vitamin B12 supplementation could potentially combat brain atrophy and memory loss!
It’s also known to boost your mood and your energy levels!
There is 2.5 mcg (micrograms) of Vitamin B12 in Arbonne Essentials Mind Health. Typical daily recommendations range from 1.8 to 2.8 micrograms depending on age and health conditions like pregnancy. Arbonne’s Mind Health sits in the middle of these levels, but keep in mind that you’re likely taking in some Vitamin B12 from your food and also if you take a multivitamin. Levels of Vitamin B12 to treat deficiency have been used as high as 10,000 mcg when supplemented under doctor supervision, although there is no information on upper intake level.
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Sunflower phosphatidylserine (phospholipids)
Sunflower phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid and is derived from sunflower lecithin, an emulsifier (which is a compound that breaks up pieces of fat). (They’re all technically slightly different, but for our purposes, I will use phosphatidylserine and phospholipids interchangeably in this article.) Sunflower phospholipids are Generally Recognized as Safe and are used in many foods and products.
Sunflower phospholipids have an antioxidant effect and can have healthy benefits for lowering cholesterol, and treating diseases like dementia, heart disease and cancer. They are “found in high quantities in neural tissue“, which means that they are a building block for brain and spinal cells. (Your brain is mostly made of fat.)
Phospholipids can be derived from different sources, namely animal and soy sources. But because Arbonne is a vegan company and does not support the use or consumption of soy products, sunflower is the next best option.
There is 100 mcg of sunflower phosphatidylserine in Arbonne’s Mind Health. The current recommendations are 100 mcg up to 3 times a day for no more than 6 months at a time. I was not able to find any information on continued use of lower amounts (like consuming Mind Health once per day) for extended periods of time.
CoEnzyme Q10 is a compound that is important is so many cellular functions in the body. It’s essential in the production of cellular energy and it can be used to treat or prevent all kinds of health issues, including fertility, heart disease, cancer, and can be used to help enhance sports performance and skin. It’s absorbed in large amounts by the heart and brain mitochondria.
This means that it helps enhance the health of your brain and nervous system.
CoEnzyme Q10 can be found in foods like fatty fish, organ meats, eggs, nuts, and whole grains.
A healthy dosage of CoQ10 depends on the health of a person and any conditions and medications they’re taking, but in general 50-600 mg is a good range. Arbonne’s Mind Health has 50 mg per serving, so this is at the lower end while still having benefits.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract (not to be confused with grapefruit seed extract) is made by grinding the seeds found in grapes. It’s a compound that has been found to have numerous health benefits, including reducing blood-pressure, increasing collagen production, supporting the brain and kidneys, and potentially reducing cancer risk.
It’s a pretty powerful compound that has been tested a lot on rats, and one study even found huge benefits for enhancing antioxidants in the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) of elderly rats.
The typical dosage for grape seed extract is between 100 and 300 mg. Arbonne’s Mind Health has 150 mg per serving.
Mind Health While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Of the three ingredients that we looked at above, some promote healthy breastfeeding and others do not.
Vitamin B12 absolutely essential for your baby’s brain and development. The NIH (National Institute of Health) recommends 2.8 micrograms of B12 while pregnant and breastfeeding, and there is 2.5 mcg in Mind Health. There’s a couple things to keep in mind though. If you’re taking a prenatal multivitamin, you may get a double dose. You’re also getting Vitamin B12 from foods you eat, unless you are vegetarian or vegan.
Sunflower phospholipids are a component of sunflower lecithin, which is an emulsifier. It helps to break down the fats in breast milk so they don’t clump together. This helps in the prevention and treatment of clogged ducts! Sunflower phospholipids (sunflower lecithin) are healthy during breastfeeding!
Another component of Mind Heath is CoEnzyme Q10. This is a compound found in everyone’s diet at varying levels, so it is not a concern during breastfeeding or pregnancy. Moderate levels of CoQ10 have been well-tolerated.
The last ingredient is the concerning one. Grape Seed extract has little to no research performed on pregnant or breastfeeding humans, and that alone is enough to make the FDA label products with grape seed extract as unsuitable for pregnancy or breastfeeding.
But in the study of rats given high doses of grape seed extract during lactation, their offspring showed insulin resistance. Insulin resistance, also called metabolic syndrome, is when your body does not respond as well to insulin, so it needs to make more and more of it to help level blood-sugar. It’s prevalent in people with diabetes, high-blood pressure, or obesity.
Grape seed extract did have other, healthy effects on the rats’ offspring, but the insulin resistance is a good enough reason to skip this product while breastfeeding or pregnant. Enjoy Mind Health once you’re done breastfeeding!
With your doctor’s or midwife’s approval, you may want to consider supplementing with a combination of B vitamins, sunflower lecithin and CoQ10 separately.
Mind Health and Other Health Conditions
So far, there are a few moderate contraindications with the ingredients in Mind Health and other medications, specifically, CoQ10, Sunflower Lecithin, and Vitamin B12 all have minor to moderate drug interactions. I will not list them all here. Please do your research to determine whether you can safely take Mind Health with any current medications you are taking.
Here’s where you can find more information:
- Grape Seed Extract Drug Interactions
- CoQ10 Drug Interactions
- Sunflower phospholipid Drug Interactions
- Vitamin B12 Drug Interactions
The ingredients in Mind Health can also be used to promote healthy skin, heart health, and breastfeeding health… just do your research to help find the best supplements and products for your desired result!
With vitamin B12, CoEnzyme Q10, grape seed extract, and sunflower phospholipids, Arbonne Essentials Mind Health is an excellent supplement to enhance your brain power!
Like all other supplements, make sure you consult a doctor to see if this supplement is right for you and make sure that there are no interactions with drugs you may be taking.