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Brain Health Assessment

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Review of Brain Health Assessment, by Daniel Amen, MD
Date:  July 28, 2020
Best place to get:  BrainMDHealth
Price:  Free
If you sign up for the recommended  BrainFitLife Program
the price is:  $29.95/month or $99.00/year

Your brain makes you who you are. Get to know yourself!

Why get a free Brain Health Assessment?
Find out what your brain type is.  Based on your brain type, you get a report with recommendations on what to do to improve the health of your brain.

I took the scan.  I’ll read you the message that I received after I took my brain heath assessment:
“Thank you for taking the time to complete the Brain Health Assessment!  You’ve just taken a BIG step toward optimal wellness and brain health.  One of the unique aspects of our work at Amen Clinics is the use of brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging.  SPECT measures blood flow and activity in the brain and allows us to provide patients with targeted treatment plans.  Sadly, due to time or resources, many people are unable to get a brain scan at one of our clinics.

If that describes you, don’t worry.  The test you just completed is the next best thing to getting a scan.  My colleagues and I developed the Brain Health Assessment to help predict what your brain might look like if you got a scan.

Based on the world’s largest database of brain scans related to behavior (160,000 and growing), this quiz helps to determine your Brain Type – we’ve identified 16 unique brain types.  Knowing your Brain Type can help you understand more about how you think, act, and interact with others.”

My brain type is 5.   Now I’ll read you what my brain heath assessment said specifically about my brain type:  “The SPECT scans of individuals with Brain Type 5 often show heightened activity in the anxiety centers of the brain, such as the basal ganglia, insular cortex, and/or amygdala.  This is often due to lower levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, which helps calm the brain.  People with this brain type tend to be motivated toward a goal.  They can feel intense pleasure, but also struggle with feeling anxious or nervous, which causes them to be more cautious and reserved, but also more prepared.   Soothing this brain type with meditation and hypnosis along with supportive supplements such as B6, magnesium, GABA, lemon balm, and theanine is the best strategy for balancing Brain Type 5”.

Well, I can assure you that this is SPOT ON!    Especially the part about my brain type having “heightened activity in the anxiety centers of the brain”.   People with Brain Type 5 can feel intense pleasure but also struggle with feeling anxious or nervous, causing them to be more cautious and reserved, but also more prepared.

Highlights of the Brain Health Assessment report:

YOUR BRAIN TYPE:   What your Brain Type says about you

YOUR BRAIN FIT SCORE:  What your Brain Fit Score says about you  (brain health, sleep, memory, executive function, inner peace, mood, flexible thinking)

YOUR PERSONALIZED ACTION PLAN:  Quick recommendations (brain healthy nutrition, brain supporting supplements).                                     

There are a few other recommendations worth noting in the Brain Health Assessment:  Mental Workouts (brain games particularly suited to your Brain Type), stress reduction exercises, physical workouts, goal-setting, and exercises to maintain control over your thoughts.

 

Why not get the BrainFitLife membership?
After taking the Brain Health Assessment, I was curious, so I looked into membership in the BrainFitLife program.  This is a program that is tailor-made to your Brain Type as determined by the Brain Health Assessment.

About The BrainFitLife Program
Strengthen you brain anytime, anywhere:
Train your brain with a personalized plan to boost memory, mood, focus and energy
Start training….

You can change your brain and thus change your life.  A healthy brain leads to a healthy body.  A BrainFitLife program membership is a personalized plan to boost your memory, mood, focus and energy.  It’s a comprehensive brain program unlike any other.  Brain games are great  but a complete Brain Health Tool Kit is even better.

Included in your BrainFitLife membership:
Personalized Brain Training Plan:

Kill the ANTs Exercise (designed to get rid of negative thinking patterns)
Web-neuro Assessment (a sophisticated and scientifically validated brain health assessment that measures 17 areas of your cognitive and emotional function)
12-hour video course
Community forum
Brain-healthy recipes
Brain Games specifically for your brain type
Meditation and Hypnosis videos

As for the Personalized Brain Training Plan itself, it includes:
Brain type report
Increase memory, mood and attention
Decrease stress
Monitor your progress
Personalized meal and fitness plans
Know your motivation
Master positive thinking
Relaxation resources
BrainFit community support
Access to BrainFit coaches comprehensive Brain Program unlike any other.  Based on your brain type, you get a report with recommendations on what to do to assess the health of your brain.  

As Dr. Amen says:  “We’re not just playing games with your brain”:

 

Pros and Cons:

Pros:  The free Brain Health Assessment was fun and turned out to be very informative.
The BrainFitLife program that I bought is quite comprehensive.   Both the free Brain Health Assessment and the BrainFitLife program are unique in what they offer.  I like it because the Personalized Brain Training Plan includes exercises designed to improve my mental health as well as my cognition.

Cons:  None that I can think of.

Recommendation:  I highly recommend both the free Brain Health Assessment and the BrainFitLife program.

 

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Comments (14) on "Brain Health Assessment"

  1. Very interesting! Back in 2002 I took my then, 14 year old son to the Amen clinic in Newport Beach, CA. I had had my son to 3 different Psychiatrists, each of whom I was convinced mis-diagnosed him. I had done a lot of research on my own.

    When I took him to the Amen clinic, their diagnosis was MUCH more thorough and comprehensive. THEN they did the SPECT scan. When they showed me the pictures of my son’s brain, they confirmed what their traditional diagnosis’ revealed. My son had ADHD and Bi Polar disorder, just as I thought. We were able to get him on the right meds. Today, my son is 31 and doing fantastic in life. So, this is my endorsement for the Amen Clinics.

    1. How interesting! I was hoping I would hear from someone who had actually tried Dr. Amen’s SPECT scan. I’m happy it could help your son. They mentioned that a SPECT scan could reveal ADHD and Bi Polar!

  2. Great information here on the brain health assessment! I honestly have not heard of this before and I find it very interesting. Do you recommend any supplements for brain health or certain foods?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for your comment. Recommendations on any supplements for brain health or certain foods will come from BrainMD after you have taken the free Brain Health Assessment (it only takes 5 minutes to answer all the questions). I’m type 5 brain. It could be different for you.

      BrainMD Health will email you a personalized report after you’ve taken the Brain Health Assessment.

  3. All this interesting information I knew nothing about. Probably because I am based in Europe, but the assessment can be taken from anywhere, can’t it.
    Especially when aging, like me, it’s important to keep your brain as fit as your body. Thanks so much for this information!

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, I’m pretty sure you can take it in Europe. As long as you have a computer and an email address, you’re good to go. Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.

  4. Hi and thank you for this post. I was browsing through the Internet looking for, what’s causing my brain fart? 😆 I think I need to look into your suggestions. Do a couple of brain exercises to boost my memory.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, do a couple of brain exercises to boost your memory. It can’t hurt, and can do a lot of good. Let me know if I can answer any more questions for you.

  5. I never heard of this before. Sounds interesting enough to give it a go! I’m very curious to see what the results of the assessment will be.
    Just a question-when you decide to buy a membership, do you stay a member forever, or you become “brain fit” at some point in future, when you can go on with membership if you’d like to, but the state of your mind actually does not require it any more?

    1. I’m glad you decided to take the assessment. It should be very informative for you.

      With regard to your question, I’ll have to ask the Amen Clinic. I’ll get back to you.

  6. This is a very interesting article. My nan suffers with dememtia which we put down to her not keeping her brain maybe as active as it should be. i would mot certainly be interested in looking into getting my brain assessed. Thanks for a great post!

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