10 Supplements for Brain Health

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory
Last Reviewed 02/23/2014

10 Supplements for Brain Health

These 10 nutrients are my top recommendations for a healthy brain and sharp memory.

Top Supplements for Brain Health

  • Alpha lipoic acid (50-150 mg daily) and N-acetylcysteine (100-300 mg daily) — help protect against free radicals elsewhere in your body, before they can even get to your brain.

  • Ginkgo biloba (120 mg daily) — offers antioxidant support and boosts and maintains blood circulation, a major factor in preserving healthy brain function and boosting memory power.

  • Vitamin B-complex (800 mcg folic acid, 20 mg of B6, 20 mcg of B12) — support nerve function and promote healthy levels of homocysteine.

  • Acetyl-L-carnitine (250 mg daily) — crosses the "blood-brain barrier" and works directly on the nerve cells in your body.

  • Blueberry powder (25 mg daily) and vitamin C (10 mg daily) — help to fight free radical oxidation throughout the body, including the brain.

  • Ashwagandha (100 mg daily) — helps to increase your body's resistance to stress and has a balancing effect on your body's functions. I also believe it may help to reduce your body's level of stress hormones that can impede memory.

  • Phosphatidylserine (200 mg) — keeps your cell membranes fluid, flexible and ready for nutrient absorption and helps with the conduction of nerve impulses, keeping memory-related pathways healthy and intact.

  • DMAE (20 mg daily) — converts into acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter vital for short-term memory and learning capacity. It's especially helpful because it's able to cross the blood-brain barrier and is quickly utilized to boost healthy brain function.

  • CDP-choline (50 mg daily) — helps to promote acetylcholine and has the added benefit of serving as an important building block of phosphatidylcholine.

  • Phosphatidylcholine (75 mg daily) — aids nerve impulses, and assists in the transfer of information in your brain.

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