Essentials of Nutrition reader Juan wants to know what supplements boost memory and brain power. No problem Juan. Here’s a rundown:
Your brain is 60% fat so a regular intake of healthy fats is a must for maintaining brain function. Also known as omega-3 fats (specifically DHA & EPA), fish oil supplements keep brain cell membranes flexible. Brain cell flexibility= healthy brain.
A staple of Chinese medicine for thousands of years, Gingko Biloba increases blood flow to the brain. A prescription medicine in Europe, it is prescribed frequently for memory loss.
Phosphatidylserine (easy for you to say)
An important component of brain cell membranes, PD has been shown to slow memory loss in the elderly.
In addition to protecting the brain from inflammation, this natural substance boosts the power houses of our cells, the mitochondria.
SAMe is an amino acid our body produces that has been shown to help depression. It has also been indicated in protecting the liver and easing osteoarthritis.
Take your brain to the gym
The above supplements all have been shown to aid brain function. I especially recommend fish oil to keep the brain sharp. But as with all body functions, use it or lose it. Just like keeping your body in shape your brain needs exercise to keep it running smooth.
Reading, crossword puzzles, suduku, brain teasers, stimulating conversation, and continued learning (reading this blog!) are like cardio and weight training for your grey matter. Keep it healthy and supplement with the right stuff and you’re sure to be an intellectual colossus.