Nerves & psyche
A healthy brain and nervous system are the foundations for mental performance and mental health. Our nervous system is a communication and control organ. It is responsible for sensing and processing external stimuli, controlling our muscles and movements and all cognitive functions such as thinking, remembering, and learning. The nervous system also controls the function of the internal organs. Our brain needs about 25% of the body's total energy to carry out these highly complex functions.
Anatomically, the nervous system is divided into a central and a peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system comprises our brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system forms a network outside the brain and spinal cord. Our nerve cells communicate by transmitting signals, and nerve impulses can reach speeds of up to 400 Km/h. Our brain consists mainly of fat and depends on the supply of sugar (glucose) for energy.
A sufficient supply of micronutrients is indispensable for the healthy functioning of the nervous system and our mental wellbeing. The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are of great importance for the production and function of the nerve cells. They contribute to normal brain function. Minerals such as potassium and magnesium are important for signal transmission between nerve and muscle cells. The trace element zinc protects nerve cells from oxidative stress and supports cognitive functions. B vitamins such as thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 also contribute to normal functioning of the nervous system.
Biotin, folate, niacin, thiamine, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium help to support normal mental function.