The ginkgo tree is a resilient, living fossil. A single tree can live as long as a thousand years or more, simply because they are so hardy and can withstand just about any type of stress.
Researchers believe ginkgo’s ability to defend against stressors is a major contributor to its longevity. Its flavonoids, or plant metabolites, which are known for protecting against all types of stressors, may play a key role.
Ginkgo Biloba is best known for its ability to support improved thinking and cognition, social functioning, mood and the performance of everyday tasks.
What is BDNF?
BDNF, highly concentrated in your brain’s hippocampus, plays many positive roles in your central nervous system.
There are more than 6,300 published papers on BDNF that document the important role it plays in the development, maintenance and repair of your brain cells.
These studies show that higher levels of BDNF allow your brain to work more effectively and efficiently to support optimal cognitive functioning.
For optimal cognitive health, especially as you grow older, you want to do all you can to raise BDNF levels to support the growth of new cells and stem cells in the parts of your brain responsible for cognition.
The interesting thing about stem cells is they grow where they are needed and develop into fully functional brain cells. Plus, they can migrate to areas in the brain where they are needed the most.
How Coffee Fruit Extract Raises BDNF
What we consider a coffee bean isn’t a bean at all – it’s a seed. So, when you brew up a cup of coffee from ground coffee “beans,” you’re actually using the seeds inside the coffee fruit, or berry, of the plant.
For the production of coffee, when the coffee fruit, also known as “cherries,” turn from green to a bright red, they are harvested – either by hand or machine. The outer part of the coffee fruit is removed to extract the seeds or so-called coffee beans.
Coffee fruit or cherries are highly perishable and frequently rot while still on the plant before being harvested, which can contaminate the coffee beans with mycotoxins.
Because of that, coffee producers consider the beautiful rose-coloured outer part of the coffee fruit an unwanted by-product and discard it as soon as possible after harvest. This has been going on for centuries in the coffee industry.
However, food scientists have recently discovered that the outer previously discarded portion of the coffee fruit is actually a powerhouse of nutrition.
Coffee fruit’s unique nutrients are rich in polyphenol antioxidants that stimulate your body’s production of BDNF – which can cross your blood-brain barrier to effectively nourish your brain cells.
Antioxidant-Rich Organic NeuroFactor® Coffee Fruit Extract
The discovery of coffee fruit’s unique nutrient profile led to the development of an eco-friendly, sustainable coffee fruit harvest and production process that preserves its unique phytonutrients.
The result of these efforts is Organic NeuroFactor® Coffee Fruit Extract – an antioxidant-rich, concentrated whole coffee fruit powder. This all-natural, patented compound made from the whole fruit of the Coffea arabica coffee plant was developed for the purpose of enhancing BDNF.
Eco-Friendly Processing – Zero Wastes and Reduced Carbon Footprint
Surprisingly, the harvesting of coffee fruit is much different from the typical coffee production process. The entire fruit is preserved during the harvest, cultivation and processing. NeuroFactor® Coffee Fruit Extract is produced through a thoroughly eco-friendly process, with zero waste and a reduced carbon footprint as end goals.
The coffee fruit for NeuroFactor® Coffee Fruit Extract is sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms in India, affirming Dr Mercola's commitment to farmers and ethical farming practices, the improved livelihood of farm communities and the preservation of our planet.
During the harvest, the coffee fruit is selectively handpicked at family-owned plantations, right at their nutritional peak.
A quick-dry process prevents the production of mycotoxins, and preserves freshness and stability. The all-natural fruit is never roasted and is extensively tested for the presence of mycotoxins.
As part of their eco-friendly zero-waste program, the water used in processing is recycled and by-product's from production are recycled into bricks to support the community with valuable fuel for furnaces.
Because NeuroFactor is a concentrated whole coffee fruit product, the extra step to concentrate the extract intensifies the goodness of the antioxidants in the whole coffee fruit, including chlorogenic acid.