Hi @Evert, thanks for the question, I'm happy to give you an update on Jake and what we're doing for brain health.
Jake intends to provide all the nutrients that you need to keep your body healthy. One of the most important parts of your body is your brain, so keeping the brain healthy is one of our top priorities. Let me give you some insight:
Nootropics, substances that improve the functioning of our brain are a very interesting field. The demand for products that better our brains is, not surprisingly, huge. Our knowledge of the brain is improving a lot and there are many promising results. But, as it goes when the demand is high, A lot of bogus has become available as well.
Our main priority is long-term brain health. For a nootropic to be considered, it has to be extensively researched and proven beneficial on the long-term. Therefore, any nootropic that only improves cognitive function on short-term isn't interesting for us. Caffeine, for example, a well-known short-term cognitive enhancer (stimulant), boosts our brains for a short while and has a couple of known negative health side-effects. Therefore, nootropics like e.g. caffeine or Adderall have no place in Jake.
Which do? In our most recent update of Jake, we've made some nice improvements brain-wise. We've added vitamin K2. Vitamin K is involved in the lipid metabolism in our brains. Vitamin K1 could do this as well, but the difference in fat-solubility between vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 makes it so that vitamin K2 can reach the brain way better. In fact, about 90% of the vitamin K found in our brain is vitamin K2.
Second, we've doubled the amount of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 has an enormous influence on our health, playing a part in the expression of over 200 genes, many of which play a crucial role in our brain health. There's a wiki dedicated to vitamin D and neurology, a good starting point.
Furthermore, we've increased the amount of vitamin B12 and added the phytonutrient lycopene. Lycopene and vitamin B12 both help protect our brains in their own way. Vitamin B12 deficiency can actually cause a lot of neurological symptoms.
For some further reading about the vitamins in Jake, check out this booklet. I've probably missed some things here, there's still much more to say about the nutrients in Jake and their benefits for the brain. Regarding further research and plans, we're constantly in the process of research and further development of Jake.
By the way, is there any specific nootropic you'd like to see added to Jake?