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Structural + Functional Metrics
in One Assessment
The biology and relationship between structure and function is vital to understanding the power of the BrainSpan® Report. When combined with brain function, the meaning and reason for improvement take on a new level of significance.
29 Different Fatty Acids
Our blood spot test measures over 29 different fatty acids that are used in various algorithms within the report to provide true meaning and significance to your life today and into the future.
Five Cognitive Metrics
Neurons are the most sensitive cells in the body to nutritional change. We measure executive function, focus, cognitive flexibility, memory and processing speed for a true 360 degree functional view of your brain.
Metrics We Measure
Fatty Acid Metrics
Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks of the brain, determining the brain's integrity and ability to perform. They are to your brain cells what calcium is to your bones. EPA/DHA are obtained through eating oily fish or taking a high quality fish oil supplement.
Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio (AA to EPA)
Omega-6s (specifically one called "AA") tend to increase pain, inflammation and clotting, whereas Omega-3s such as EPA tend to decrease inflammation and increase blood flow. Both are considered as "essential nutrients"--that is, we must get them from our diet for survival--we cannot manufacture them on our own.
Excessive palmitic acid (usually from a diet high in simple carbohydrates) is generated from excess carbohydrates that we do not burn. Maintaining optimal palmitic acid levels helps normalize leptin and insulin signaling, which helps regulate your metabolism, increases your energy, and improves neurotransmitter communication.
Working memory is the process whereby your brain is able to temporarily store information in the moment and recall it when you need it. Poor working memory scores may suggest brain cell nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, insufficient neuronal connections, or poor quality sleep.
To efficiently sustain your attention and 'tune out' competing distractions, your brain must produce specific neurotransmitters. However, your brain requires adequate nutrients to create these neurotransmitters.
Flexible attention is your capacity to rapidly adapt your thinking based on new information and not get stuck in compulsive behavior. Poor flexible attention scores may be due to a decreased production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA.
Processing speed is the pace at which you take in information, make sense of it and begin to respond. It has nothing to do with how smart you are -- just how fast you can take in and use information. Slow processing speed may be due to nutrient deficiencies in brain cells, limited production of vital neurotransmitters, chronic stress, lack of quality sleep, and toxins in your diet (such as refined sugars and processed foods).
Clinical Summary Zones
The 6 different clinical summary scores below are based on over 20 different fatty acids, as well as age, gender, and cognitive functional scores.
Brainspan tracks your scores over time. This approach to making it easy to measure and see your progress from test to test improves confidence and your commitment to the recommendations.