AOR Active Mind represents a breakthrough in one of the key consequences of getting older - memory loss. Active Mind is a science-based natural health product that has been scientifically proven to protect memory function based on the naturally occurring ingredient, homotaurine, found in seaweed.
• protects the brain structure associated with memory and learning
• preserves memory
• sustains brain cell health
• maintains verbal skills and comprehension ability
• supports planning and execution skills
Is Active Mind an extract of the natural form of homotaurine found in seaweed?
No. The active ingredient in Active Mind is a synthetic form of homotaurine, which is chemically and biologically identical to the natural compound. Extracts are generally close to 100% pure, which means an extract of homotaurine would contain nothing but homotaurine. The chemically synthesized form of homotaurine is also a 100% pure extract.
Think of it as a lock and key concept: homotaurine is the key that will fit the lock, which is a cellular receptor in the hippocampus region of the brain. As long as the key has the same structure, it will fit the lock. Therefore, homotaurine, whether a natural extract or chemically synthesized, it will have the same effect.
Is homotaurine the same thing as taurine?
No. Homotaurine and taurine are two different compounds that belong to the same chemical family but have different origins and effects. Taurine is a major constituent of digestive fluids produced by the liver (bile). Taurine can be found in small amounts in the tissues of many animals including humans. Homotaurine does not convert into taurine after digestion and vice versa. Homotaurine has shown a protective effect on brain cells, while taurine has no protective effect.
How does Active Mind work?
As we age, certain brain regions start to shrink. This shrinkage reflects loss of brain cells. One brain region in which brain cell loss occurs is the hippocampus, a region responsible for learning and memory. Shrinkage of the hippocampus has been associated with learning and memory problems.
Why does the loss of brain cells in the hippocampal region occur? Scientific research indicates that the buildup of certain toxic proteins called beta-amyloid (or A-beta) is detrimental to the brain. When these proteins reach excessive levels, they cause neurons (brain cells) within the brain to malfunction and die. When neurons are damaged or die, signaling problems occur in the brain that ultimately affect memory and learning abilities.
Research has shown that Active Mind protects brain cells by two mechanisms: it reduces the accumulation of toxic Aβ proteins, which can deposit as plaques in the brain. Active Mind also protects brain cells from the toxic effects of the Aβ proteins and thus reduces brain cell toxicity, damage and death, in part through activation of brain cell receptors, called GABAa receptors, in an area of the brain associated with learning and memory (the hippocampus).
Active Mind is a patented product based on the naturally occurring ingredient homotaurine, which binds to A-beta proteins and reduces the deposition and toxic effects of these proteins in the brain.
In a groundbreaking study performed in Canada and the United States using brain scans (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)), Active Mind was shown to significantly reduce the loss of brain volume in the hippocampus. In fact, Active Mind was proven to preserve 68% more brain volume versus placebo (like a sugar pill).
Individuals taking Active Mind also performed better on memory and thinking tests compared with individuals taking placebo. Active Mind was found to improve cognitive performance (verbal skills, memory, comprehension ability, planning and execution skills) by 33% versus placebo.
Active Mind has been shown to:
- protect the brain structure associated with memory and learning
The hippocampus is a brain region associated with learning and memory. Active Mind can help reduce the loss of volume of this very important region through the aging process.
- preserve memory
You know how you can be introduced to someone and forget their name two minutes later? Active Mind can support you in maintaining your ability to remember things like people’s names.
- sustain brain cell health
As you age, it is normal to lose brain cells. Active Mind can help protect your brain cells during the normal course of aging.
- maintain verbal skills and comprehension ability
Active Mind can help you maintain your level of verbal comprehension and your overall quality of speech. So when you are telling a story or making a presentation, Active Mind can help you retain your train of thought.
Support planning and execution skills
You have just arrived at your vacation destination and you suddenly realize that you forgot to cancel your newspaper subscription. Active Mind can help you maintain your ability to go from the initial planning to remember everything you need to make it a trip you will never forget.
What is the recommended dosage for Active Mind ?
Each capsule of Active Mind contains 50 mg of homotaurine. Active Mind capsules should be taken daily and should be swallowed whole.
The recommended adult dose (18 years of age and older) is 1 to 2 capsules twice a day (in the morning and evening).
It is recommended to take Active Mind with meals. If you miss a dose, do not worry; simply start again the next day at your regular time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.
What result should I expect to see, or experience after taking Active Mind ?
Taking Active Mind is like taking a vitamin. Essentially healthy individuals in adulthood, who are concerned about possible memory loss, will be protecting their memory. Consider it as an insurance policy for the brain. Much like you buy house, car and life insurance based on what may happen, you will equally take Active Mind based on what may happen.
Is ActiveMind safe?
After hundreds of millions of dollars invested and 15 years of rigorous scientific research, including clinical testing with over 2,000 individuals1 in 68 European, 50 U.S. and 17 Canadian medical centres, Active Mind is now available for consumers. The product has been shown to be safe and generally well tolerated at the recommended daily dose. Some people may experience symptoms such as nausea, weight loss, dizziness or fainting. The recommended dose should not be exceeded, since people may experience more of these symptoms. It should be noted that from what we have seen in the scientific data to date, certain symptoms such as nausea, are generally transient and normally subside by themselves with consistent use. If they persist, contact your health care practitioner.
Can Active Mind be used with other natural products or medications?
Metabolism studies suggest that interactions between Active Mind and other products are not likely to occur. No specific interaction studies were conducted with other products. For further information, contact your healthcare professional.
ActiveMind was formerly called ViviMind (OVOS)
Skin hunger: why we crave touch
As we are in the midst of the Easter Holiday, we can't help but feel sad. While Mother Nature is showing abundant signs of spring during a period of incredibly sunny weather, we are barely allowed to go outside other than to do what is absolutely necessary. Our gyms have been closed for almost a month now while in some countries, people aren't even allowed to exercise. Not just group exercise, but also to just jump on a bike and go for long rides.
While couples and families get grumpy from living together in a cramped space, others face different problems: they are living without any companion whatsoever. Therefore it's not a miracle how all of a sudden, pet asylums have been able to 'clear out' their list of unwanted pets. Not just because people have more time at hand to walk a dog (just about the only thing some are allowed to do) but also because they crave the ability to touch a living being, for lack of being able to touch another human.
Somehow, just like the sense of smell is overlooked, this also is true for the sense of touch. Only when we lose it, we crave it. This craving also is called 'touch hunger' or 'skin hunger'.
Adults (50 years and older): take 2 capsules twice a day with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.
Adults (18 years and older): take 1 capsule twice a day with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
Homotaurine (3-amino-1-propanesulfonic acid) 50mg
active ingredients (homotaurine), fillers (microcrystalline cellulose), capsule (hypromellose, gellan gum)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
Some people may experience nausea, weight loss, dizziness or fainting. Do not exceed recommended daily dose as you may experience more of these symptoms.
If you experience any weight loss, drowsiness, dizziness, fainting, persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, consult a health-care practitioner.
Consumption of homotaurine with alcohol, other medications and/or natural health products with sedative properties is not recommended.
Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness.
Discontinue use if you experience any confusion or any unexpected memory loss.
Do not use if you are diagnosed with stomach ulcers or low blood pressure or if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant, or breast-feeding.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans