Your brain helps you to achieve a remarkable array of activities, including learning and memory, focus and concentration, empathy and emotional control. It interprets all your sensory inputs such as touch, vision and hearing, as well as speech, reasoning and fine control of movement.
We could put you through an intensive barrage of intimidating tests to find out about cognitive function, but what matters to most of us on a day to day level is how we feel.
The brain health score therefore includes aspects of emotional wellbeing which are amenable to change, have been linked to brain health, and are important outcomes in themselves. These include feelings of optimism, focus or lack of distraction (linked to self-control and mindfulness), stress, or anxiety, and a general feeling of get up and go (absence of fatigue). These are all different dimensions of wellbeing.
We’ve also included a single, catch-all indicator of health, known as self-rated health. Your personal evaluation of your health has actually been shown to be a more reliable indication of future health than a doctor’s rating.
Of course, of your wellbeing and brain health can be influenced by a huge number of factors which we’re not measuring, including your genetics, your early life, your environment, long term illnesses and acutely stressful situations.
The brain health score is a quick indicator of feelings and function, and the behaviours in your control which have been shown to influence brain health. Boost your score, and the odds are that you’re boosting your brain.
One way to start that journey is with our Smart Multivitamin, another is to sign up for our weekly email to have brain-healthy tips and recipes (aka neurotrition) delivered to your inbox every Sunday.