Brain and Nervous System Health
Your overall well-being is very closely connected to how well your brain and nervous system perform. Often, clients ask us about how to maintain a healthy brain. The first question, though, to ask is whether your brain and nervous system are unhealthy. Until recently, it was very difficult to quantify brain and nervous system health. Not anymore. Now, there’s the BrainSpan brain health assessment!
Being able to measure important biomarkers and cognitive function really helps to create an accurate snapshot of brain and nervous system health. For each section of the assessment, you will find out the result, what the result means, why it matters and how to improve it should that be the situation. The good news is, for any section of the assessment where you receive a suboptimal score, there are treatments and avenues open to us to improve the score.
What is the BrainSpan Assessment?
In order to achieve your optimal overall health, the cellular health and function of your nervous system need to be at their optimal levels. BrainSpan quantifies what your structural (at the cellular level) and functional brain health levels are. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that the assessment is comprised of two parts:
Part 1 – Structural Brain Health
The first part of the assessment is a blood test that requires no more than a simple finger prick and a drop of blood. The cell membranes in your blood sample are then analyzed for omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as trans fats. When the levels of these biomarkers are in balance, they contribute to controlling inflammation, repairing cells, and regulating vital neurotransmitters. If the levels are out of balance, they can cause cellular destruction and adversely affect memory. So, understanding your levels and maintaining a balance is very important. The BrainSpan assessment provides us with the information to establish those levels.
Part 2 – Functional Brain Health
The second part of the assessment is an easy, 15-minute cognitive test that measures how well your neural connections are functioning. This is determined by assessing four basic cognitive functions: sustained attention, memory capacity, processing speed, and cognitive flexibility. How well your brain performs these functions can be an indicator of how well it is regulating your body’s systems.
Powered by the Brain Resource® International Database, this portion of the assessment is a scientifically and clinically validated tool utilized by a research network of over 350 scientists.
Why Take the BrainSpan Assessment?
Knowing the results of the BrainSpan assessment will enable us to make better decisions to help you attain your wellness goals. Here are a couple examples:
- The assessment indicates that the amount of omega-3 in your system is low. We can then recommend dietary changes to help bring that level up.
- You’re experiencing chronic pain and we know your omega-6 level is very high. Too much Omega 6 puts the body into a pro-inflammatory state, as well as increases pain and development of chronic diseases of aging. We can develop a plan to bring your omega-6 level back down, thereby bringing down general inflammation in the body and reducing the risk of chronic diseases of aging.
- The test results indicate a high risk factor for dementia or stroke. We can start an intervention program for to lower the chance of a terrible disease or episode affecting you.
Check out Dr. Sharman’s article on How to Easily Know Your Omega Fatty Acid Levels. It has more great information on the BrainSpan assessment and how it can help you.
How Can You Participate in BrainSpan?
We’ll need to determine if participating in BrainSpan is the right course of treatment based on your overall health goals. Give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sharman. Together, you’ll establish what your health goals are and determine if the BrainSpan assessment is right for you. You do have to be a current patient of Dr. Sharman in order to participate in the assessment as only a licensed professional can prescribe it.