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Vitamins And Minerals For The Brain

Often with our busy schedule, the highest quality brain foods aren't always possible to find. Supplementing your diet with vitamins may help to maintain healthy brain function and replenish the brain's consumed nutrients. 


With today's foods, even a nutritious diet could use a little assistance now and then. Consider the latest research and ask your doctor if he thinks supplementing the brain food diet is a good idea. Research suggests that there is great promise of enhancing your brainpower by adding vitamins and herbs to your diet.

Note: Because herbal therapies and other dietary supplements are of an unregulated nature, you need to discuss any use of these substances with your doctor or pharmacist.

Vitamins And Minerals For The BrainVITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS FOR THE BRAIN:

Fish Oils:
Fish oils contain EPA, DHA and omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to keep brain cells functioning. A recent study showed that people who eat oily fish or take fish oil supplements are less likely to show early signs of Alzheimer's disease and scored 13% higher in IQ tests.

B Vitamins:
Vitamins B6, B12 and Folate appear to aid brain function by lowering blood concentrations of homocysteine, which is an amino acid, linked to clogged arteries. (Clogged arteries slow blood flow to the brain.)
B6 is said to improve memory. There is support that supplementing your diet with all three can help reduce age-related decline in cognitive functioning.

Vitamins C and E:  
Growing evidence shows that oxidation may contribute to the degeneration of brain and nerve cells through the production of free radicals. Many researchers believe that antioxidants like vitamins E and C may defend these cells from damage.

Multivitamins:
A quality daily multivitamin including minerals is thought to enrich the brain overall.

Selenium:
This mineral is considered a good supplement to make you feel clearheaded, elated, confident and energetic.

Ginkgo:
This herb is popular for it's memory-boosting qualities.  It's believed to help people with known cognitive impairment.

Green Tea:
Green Tea is known to boost brain function.  It is also thought to improve memory and prevent some age-related memory loss.

Huperzine:
This herb is thought to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, a brain chemical crucial for memory.

5HTP:
This supplement is thought to help support proper brain function, increase blood flow in the brain, and supply vitamins to the brain.

 

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