Steady On provides nutrients that potentially support optimal brain function. It is a powdered, comprehensive neurovascular support formula, easy to take, digest and assimilate. Steady On supplies significant quantities of specialty agents for neurological wellness, as well as a complete multivitamin-mineral combination. Steady On supports the important bodily functions that play a role in neurological health, including circulation and detoxification. It also provides important antioxidant support, including protection of the conversion of L-dopa to dopamine and maintenance of nerve cell membrane integrity.
L-tyrosine and L-phenylalanine are amino acid precursors to the catecholamine neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine, L-dopa and dopamine and require other nutrients such as vitamins C and B6 for proper conversion. These neurotransmitters help regulate mental function, stress response, mood, satiety and sex drive. Tyrosine also supports proper thyroid hormone levels. Tyrosine has a history of research and use as nutritional support for brain function. Lecithin provides precursors to important neural nutrients, choline and inositol. Both have been studied and used clinically to nutritionally support brain function.
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (ALC) has been studied widely for its potential brain-supporting proper-ties. ALC is crucial for the production and release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Glutathione is an important antioxidant nutrient whose production is supported by ALC, as well as directly supplied. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is an unique antioxidant that has been found to hold promise in supporting neuropsychological function. ALC and ALA used together have recently been shown to significantly support brain function in aging rats.
Flax Seed Oil is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, primary structural components in cell membranes. Steady On also contains fish oil, supplying key omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These have been studied for their ability to help stabilize brain function. DHA is also essential for proper growth and development of the brain, nervous system and the retina of the eye in children.
Coenzyme Q10 supports energy production in the cells of the body and is an important antioxidant. Taurine is concentrated in the eyes, brain and heart and plays a key role in the nervous system of the body. L-methionine is involved in histamine levels, which play a role in the dilation of blood vessels and brain function.
Many usual nutrients are also important to support neurological health. For instance, Abraham Hoffer demonstrated over 40 years ago that niacin can play a role in healthy brain function and other B-vitamins are also important for normal brain activity. Besides supporting energy production, bone health and cardiovascular health, magnesium plays a key role in the activity of enzymes that transmit nerve impulses, by activating sodium potassium ATPase, which transfers sodium and potassium across neural membranes and results in electrical nerve activity. It also regulates the activity of NMDA glutamate receptors and thus glutamate nerve activity, which is important for attentiveness.
Besides the antioxidant function supplied by many of the nutrients mentioned above, Steady On also contains the antioxidants alpha- and beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc, selenium, lutein and lycopene. The oligomeric proanthocyanidins found in grape seed extract are noted for their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, further protecting the integrity of neural tissue.
Finally, patterns of healthy appetite, which tend to further enhance nutritional status, can be supported with optimal supplementation. By addressing many nutritional avenues, Steady On may support neurotransmitter balance and optimal cognitive function.