Brain Health Supplements
A category of specific supplements, called nootropics, improve brain function and boost memory, alertness, motivation and cognitive function as well as reducing age-related decline in brain function.
Here are the 5 best nootropic supplements:
Fish oil/omega-3 fatty acids
These are rich in two types of omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. DHA maintains the structure and function of our brain and EPA has anti-inflammatory effects that protect the brain against damage. Fish oil has been shown to improve memory, reaction times and thinking skills. Aim for a professional brand of at least 1,000 mg per day.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in blueberries, grapes, red wine and dark chocolate. This antioxidant has been shown to decrease decline of the hippocampus which is the part of the brain associated with memory. Aim for 200 mg per day.
Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid naturally produced in the body which is important for energy production. This amino acid improves alertness, memory and learning capacity. Aim for 600 mg per day.
Gingko is an herb that has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain and improve focus and memory. Aim for 200 mg per day.
Bacopa is an Ayurvedic herb that improves brain function. It has been shown to improve memory and thinking skills. Aim for 300 mg per day.
Consult a naturopathic doctor for specific recommendations and dosing.
Dr. Kaz is a naturopathic physician and a clinical nutritionist. She is the President of RIANP and practices at Providence Wholistic Healthcare where she is accepting new patients. Call 401-455-0546 to make an appointment.