BRAIN ARMOR CONCENTRATE AND SOFTGELS
My Brain Armor liquid concentrate appears cloudy, is it still safe to take?
Yes. Brain Armor Liquid is a natural product and due to the nature of the oil, some variability in the clarity of the product is possible. Depending upon storage conditions or duration some semi-solid material may appear in the oil. This does not negatively impact the quality of the product, but it should be well mixed prior to use.
At what age can children/youths start to take Brain Armor?
We recommend children begin taking Omegas in infancy. As brains develop, optimal levels on DHA and EPA are vital to building strong brains. For young athletes, taking 2 doses daily with meals will provide significant protective benefits to developing brains.
If Brain Armor is vegan, why is there cholesterol in the product?
The cholesterol in our product is naturally-occurring within the species of algae from which our Omega-3s are extracted. In fact, cholesterol is found in numerous forms of algae. If you would like to read more about algae and cholesterol content here is an interesting study
Why does Brain Armor use algae as the source of Omega-3s?
We use algae as the source because it is the most natural and most sustainable source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the planet. If you think about it, all marine animals get their Omega-3s from algae as well. So, it only makes sense to go straight to the source. In this way, Brain Armor kills no animals and is environmentally friendly.
Why does Brain Armor contain a higher level of DHA than it does EPA?
Brain Armor is built, first and foremost, for the brain. With this in mind, the brain has a much higher content of DHA than it does EPA which makes DHA the most important Omega-3 for optimal brain health. While EPA is also very important, its level in the brain is far less than DHA. For these reasons, we have chosen to go with a 2:1 ratio of DHA to EPA.
Why does Brain Armor contain MCTs?
The MCTs in Brain Armor act as a protector of the Omega-3 Fatty Acids against oxidation. MCT is also a great transport vehicle in carrying the Omega-3s to the brain so they can fulfill their desired functions of optimizing brain structure and function.
Is Brain Armor 100% natural?
Yes. Brain Armor contains no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial preservatives or any other artificial ingredients.
Should I take Brain Armor with a meal?
What is the best time of day to consume Brain Armor?
There isn’t a specific time of day but we would recommend consuming Brain Armor with a meal. There are a few reasons:
- Many individuals find that Omega-3 supplements are more easily tolerated with food
- Vitamin D and E are both fat-soluble vitamins that can only be absorbed in the presence of fat
- Omega-3 fatty acids are also better absorbed when taken with a meal.
As always we would recommend that individuals consult their healthcare practitioner for specific advice regarding dietary supplement needs and consumption.
Should Brain Armor be refrigerated?
Brain Armor liquid concentrate products should be refrigerated and consumed within 90 days after opening the bottle.
Brain Armor vegetarian softgel products do not need to be refrigerated but like most vitamins should be stored in a cool dark place.
Do I have to keep taking Brain Armor?
As with most dietary supplements, the benefits of Omega-3 supplementation occur gradually over time and will decline if you stop supplementing.
If you are interested in monitoring your Omega-3 level while supplementing with Brain Armor we recommend taking an Omega-3 Index test before starting a supplementation program and then re-test after 3 months to measure improvement.
Can I take Brain Armor after the best before date?
We don’t recommend consuming Brain Armor after the best before date printed on the package. Product integrity including potency of active ingredients and stability is only supported until this date.
Is Brain Armor vegan?
Yes, all Brain Armor products are vegan. The DHA & EPA Omega-3s in Brain Armor are sourced from plant-based algae.
Is Brain Armor non-GMO?
Yes, all of the ingredients in Brain Armor are derived from non-GMO sources.
Does Brain Armor contain any soy?
No, Brain Armor is soy free.
Is Brain Armor FDA approved?
Brain Armor products are dietary supplements, not drugs. Dietary supplements are regulated but not approved by the FDA.
Does Brain Armor contain artificial flavors or sweeteners?
No, the Brain Armor flavor system is a complex system of 100% natural essential oils and oil-soluble flavor components derived from limes and mangos and lightly sweetened with a proprietary oil-soluble stevia leaf extract. There is nothing artificial included in any Brain Armor flavor system.
Is Brain Armor safe for kids?
The active ingredients in Brain Armor including Omega-3s, Vitamin D & E and MCT oil have proven benefits at all life stages. However, Parents should consult a healthcare practitioner for specific advice regarding dietary supplements for their children.
Does the marine algae or algal oil in Brain Armor products contain mercury or other heavy metals?
The algal oil is produced in facilitates that specialize in the production and refinement of Omega-3s from algae. The process begins with the initial algae cell culture and results in highly purified Omega-3 oil. The microalgae (Schizochytrium sp) are grown in closed fermentors then harvested and processed to extract the clear, amber-colored oil rich in DHA and EPA Omega-3s. It is a highly-controlled process that results in a consistent product with low or non-detectable levels of mercury and other heavy metals. In fact, Brain Armor batch analysis results for mercury test at less than 0.005 ppm (parts per million).
The ingredients say glycerin. Is that animal derived or plant?
The glycerin is 100% vegetable based.
Why does Brain Armor R3 have significantly less DHA and EPA than our regular Brain Armor?
Brain Armor Concentrate and Softgels have a very specific targeted functionality towards building/improving the structural integrity of brain cells. The Brain Armor R3 has the targeted functionality of strengthening and toning the endocannabinoid system, which is also found in the brain. We include Omega-3s as a component of the R3 because of the synergies gained by combining the Omega-3s with the Phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis extract.
Is the Vitamin D3 and Vitamin E synthetic or natural?
Both vitamins D and E are 100% natural, vegan and non-GMO.
Does Brain Armor contain any cholesterol?
The cholesterol in our product is naturally-occurring within the species of algae from which our Omega-3s are extracted. In fact, cholesterol is found in numerous forms of algae. If you would like to read more about algae and cholesterol content, here is an interesting study.
Why does Brain Armor include DHA & EPA Omega-3 fatty acids?
A large body of scientific research suggests that increasing the amount of dietary DHA & EPA Omega-3s have a number of health benefits. However, most people aren’t consuming enough and these essential fatty-acids are difficult to achieve through diet alone.
Just as calcium is essential for building strong bones, DHA & EPA ensure that the cells in the brain, eyes, heart and other parts of the nervous system develop and function properly through all stages of life.* Clinically supported benefits of DHA and EPA Omega-3s include:
– Supports healthy brain function*
– Promotes healthy eyes and vision*
– Enhances cardiovascular function and circulation*
– Lowers resting heart rate*
– Increased blood flow & oxygen delivery to the muscles*
– Improves complex reaction time*
– Improved protein synthesis*
Why does Brain Armor have a 2:1 ratio of DHA to EPA in its formulation when virtually every other product has a much higher level of EPA over DHA?
Brain Armor’s formula includes a higher level of DHA over EPA because of our focus on optimizing brain health and brain function.* When you look at the composition of Omega-3s in the brain, DHA is quantitatively the most important Omega-3s making up over 90% of the total Omega-3s found in the brain. DHA also plays very important roles in the structural integrity of brain cells, membrane fluidity, cell signaling, memory function and neurotransmission.*
Why does Brain Armor include Vitamin D?
It is estimated that as much as 80% of the US population are vitamin D deficient and very few foods contain significant amounts of this vitamin so it is difficult to attain through diet alone.
Vitamin D (calciferol) contributes to the normal development and maintenance of bones and teeth, muscle function, and the immune system.*
Why does Brain Armor include Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant uniquely suited to intercepting the damaging effects of oxidation by free radicals and thus preventing lipid destruction in cell membranes including the brain.*
Why does Brain Armor Include MCT oil?
MCT or Medium Chain Triglycerides are healthy saturated fats that are easily digested and utilized for energy, especially in the brain. MCT is also utilized by our brain cell’s mitochondria to increase metabolic activity and increase production of cellular ATP. In Brain Armor, MCT’s also act to improve the absorption rate of the DHA, EPA, vitamin D and E.*
Why is carrageenan listed as an ingredient in Brain Armor softgels and not the liquid concentrate?
A small amount of carrageenan (extracted from red seaweed) is used as a thickening agent to form the protective vegetarian softgel outer shell. Carrageenan is certified organic, vegan friendly and performs better in this application versus alternative or synthetic compounds.
Does Brain Armor contain marine-derived Omega-3s?
The Omega-3s found in Brain Armor are vegan and derived from a marine source of algae. This is different from other plant-based sources of Omega-3s which primarily consist of the Omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). ALA is not active in the body and must be converted to DHA and EPA to be active. Unfortunately, the conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is very inefficient with only a very small percentage actually being converted, which makes ALA a poor choice of Omega-3s to support brain health and brain function. *