5 Supplements To Boost Your Memory
5 Supplements To Boost Your Memory
Everyone would like to be just that little bit smarter. But as we age, we simply want to stay as smart as we once were, or even just to remember the life we've led and where we've parked the car.
Losing cognitive function, including memory function, is simply a fact of aging but that doesn't mean we are powerless to affect it. Herbs and tinctures have been used by various ancient societies for centuries and there are new supplements too which people have discovered may help improve memory function.
If you are considering taking a supplement to improve your health or mental capacity, you should speak to your doctor first as several supplements can interfere with other medication and may not be recommended if you have, or are at risk of, many other conditions.
Gingko Biloba Extract
This comes from maidenhead, a tree endemic to China. Extracts from the leaves contain elements believed to help concentration and prevent memory loss – flavonoid glycosides and terpendoids. It has been used to treat Alzheimer's Disease, although its effectiveness here is contested.
Panax (Asian) Ginseng has been used for thousands of years for its reported ability to improve working memory, attention, calmness and regulating mood. Around 500g per day may help with memory loss.
Omega-2 Fatty Acids
We all learn that 'fish are brain food' and, while we do not yet fully understand the reasons, it does seem as though omega-3 fatty acids as consumed through cold-water fish, plants, nut oils and walnuts or as a supplement may help improve the memory. A higher intake of omega-3s has been linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's. A recent study in the PLOS shows that omega 3s can also boost the brain of healthy adults.
Vitamin E in the form of supplements or foods such as tofu, spinach, olive oil, avocado and fish has been shown to mitigate the effects of Alzheimer's, slowing down the progression of the disease. It has not been shown whether increased quantities of vitamin E can prevent memory loss, but vitamin E does appear to slow destruction of brain nerve endings.
Caffeine + L-theanine
Caffeine on its own is not considered particularly useful in memory but when ingested along with L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, it can have more long-lasting positive effects. These include giving a boost to working memory, rapid visual information processing and improved concentration. The amount of L-theanine commonly found in green tea may not be sufficient to cause these effects but supplements of L-theanine are available in larger doses.
There are many natural supplements one can take to improve mental faculty and help improve memory loss but the most important thing to remember is the lifestyle changes which ought to accompany the consumption of these natural supplements. Exercise has been shown to help prevent memory loss as it boosts the amount of oxygen to the brain, therefore giving it more energy to complete its functions and to repair and maintain nerve connections.
Giving your brain a workout is probably the most effective thing you can do with it. If you're worried about memory loss, keep your brain active, take up a new hobby, do puzzles, learn a new language or aim to pick up a new skill. These can all stimulate different parts of the brain and help to maintain neural pathways. By working out if any supplements work for you then taking them in conjunction with an exercise program for the body and the mind, then you may be able to stem memory loss and keep your brain functioning fully for longer.