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Whether you’re at college or university, or still working through high school, the pressure on you to perform well is huge. You are not only required to focus during classes; but need to understand and recall the work as well in order to achieve good results in tests and exams.

THE BRAIN: A FASCINATING LEARNING TOOL

Neurons are the cells that form the working unit of the brain and nervous system. They are highly specialised and serve to conduct messages. Synapses are tiny gaps between neurons, where messages move from one neuron to the next as chemical or electrical signals.

Brain circuits are formed when neurons connect with each other and with distant nerve cells. Did you know that a person’s brain continues to develop well into the early 20s?

While genes have a big influence on the way our brains develop, our environment also plays a big role in how our brains function.

STRESS: WHO NEEDS IT?

We all face multiple demands each day: a huge workload, paying for your studies or completing that project that’s ended up taking more time than you thought it would. Physical and emotional stressors like these have an adverse effect on the functioning of your body. Consequently you may feel that you’re under attack…
that this stress is eroding you. We have good news for you – you don’t have to let stress control your life.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

When you encounter a ‘threat’ – your body responds. If for instance, a fire alarm goes off in your building – your brain sets off its own little alarm, the fight or flight response. Stress hormones are released from your adrenal glands in preparation for what’s to come.

Adrenalin increases your heart rate and raises your blood pressure, boosting your energy. Cortisol (a corticosteroid) increases the sugar levels in your bloodstream and even affects your mood and behaviour.1

WHEN STRESS GOES HAYWIRE

When chronic stress is part of your life, cortisol levels stay elevated. This in turn may lead to symptoms like decreased attention, concentration, retention and mental speed.2

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EXAM TIME: A TESTING TIME FOR ALL

During exam time or test week, your body is under extreme pressure to have the energy to support your brain in remembering so much information.

This is when you need all the extra support you need.

Exam Cocktail by Activo is a natural supplement designed to help you go ‘above and beyond’ what you normally have to achieve.

A host of B-vitamins including the above ingredients are contained in the formulation, all of which work together to promote proper functioning of your
nervous system and neural cells.

For added support, the following ingredients have been specially selected for this proprietary formulation, designed to give you the edge during exam time and periods of intense study:

– Guarana is a stimulant used to help reduce mental and physical fatigue, which is a common ‘side-effect’ of exam time in people of all ages.14
– Cordyceps assists in fighting lethargy and fatigue.15
– Green tea may improve cognitive performance and mental alertness.16
– Huperzine A promotes memory and learning.17

Dosage:
Adults and children aged 12 and older: Take 1 – 2 capsules in the morning and at midday.

CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE: COPE WITH STRESS BETTER!

Regular physical activity like kick boxing or sparring help you release aggression without hurting anyone, and are a great way of reducing cortisol.18 Aerobic activities like walking, swimming or cycling assists in lowering cortisol too.18 Listening to music that you love, has been shown to lower cortisol levels.18 Try to find ways of including laughter and fun into each day. Having fun and laughing reduces cortisol levels.18

COMBAT DAY-TO-DAY STRESS: GEAR UP FOR SUCCESS!

Concentration Cocktail by Activo is a supplement specially formulated to assist in improving concentration and memory.
Specially selected natural ingredients include:
– Vitamin B1:  crucial for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.3 A short-term deficiency could lead to irritability and an inability to concentrate.4 This vitamin has been dubbed ‘the morale vitamin’.4
– Vitamin B12: used to boost energy, treat memory loss and improving concentration.5
– Iron: vital for optimal neurological development.
– Choline is a vital link in the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. It is used to combat memory loss.7
– Bacopa Monniera (also known as Brahmi) acts as a general ‘nerve tonic’, helping to fight anxiety, cognitive impairment and memory loss.
– Rhodioloa Rosea is an ‘adaptogen’; it helps the body to cope with stress and fight anxiety. Furthermore, it may help to increase mental capacity, stamina and strength.9
– Ginkgo Biloba aids concentration and improves cognitive behaviour.10
– Magnesium plays a vital role in metabolic processes such as neuromuscular excitability and muscular contraction and relaxation.11
– GABA assists in relieving mental anxiety, elevating mood and combating a deficit of attention.12
– Phosphatadylserine (Bio Cell) assists in improving cognitive function.13
These are just a few of the carefully chosen ingredients in Concentration Cocktail, helping adults and children from the age of 12 and older, cope with everyday school and learning stress.
Dosage
Adults and children aged 12 and older: Take 1 capsule in the morning and 1 capsule at midday, after a meal.

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1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037

2. Newcomer, J.W., Selke, G., Melson, A.K., Hershey, T., Craft, S., Richards, K. & Alderson, L.K. 1999. Decreased Memory Performance in Healthy Humans Induced by Stress-Level Cortisol Treatment. Archives of General Psychiatry., 56:527-533.

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11. Peckenpaugh, N. 2010. Nutrition essentials and diet therapy. St. Louis, Mo.: Saunders/Elsevier. 111p.

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15. http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=602&ds=&name=CORDYCEPS&searchid=51600893

16. http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=960&ds=&name=GREEN+TEA&searchid=51600893

17. http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=764ds=&name=HUPERZINE+A&searchid=51600893

18. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037?pg=2

 

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