Vitamins and herbs to improve your memory
Do you have trouble remembering where you put your keys? Do you forget appointments, colleagues’ names or even why you walked into a room? A strong memory depends on a number of factors and can be impeded by being stressed and trying to do too much at once.
Fortunately there are lots of things you can do to improve your mental performance. The following vitamins and herbs may be beneficial for students studying for exams, busy working professionals or anyone looking to stay mentally sharp as they get older:
- Cereboost™ ‐ Cereboost is a unique extract of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) that has been shown in a scientific study to improve working memory for 6 hours. Your ‘working memory’ or short‐term memory, allows you to store information for short periods of time where it can be drawn on and used. You use your working memory continually in academic, professional and social settings. Having a well‐functioning working memory helps you to stay focused on the task at hand and helps reduce distractions.1
- Ginkgo biloba – Ginkgo biloba is a herb that helps to retain normal memory, concentration and cognitive functions. It enhances blood flow to the brain and other tissues of the body, enhances mental function and alertness, and improves attention in healthy adults. Ginkgo biloba also provides temporary relief of stress, which may disrupt your ability to learn and retain information.
- Brahmi – Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a herb that helps to improve higher cognitive processes such as learning and memory, and assists in the retention of new information. It may also help to reduce the effects of mild anxiety and nervous tension. While the exact mechanism of action is not known, brahmi is believed to have potent antioxidant effects and may modify the part of the brain which is involved in learning and memory called the cholinergic system.2
- B group vitamins ‐ B vitamins play hundreds of different roles in the body. For instance, most of the B group vitamins are involved in releasing energy from the food you eat, thus giving the brain the fuel it needs to function at its best. Vitamin B6 also aids in the formation of several neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) including serotonin, GABA and dopamine and is therefore important for the regulation of mental processes and possibly mood. Likewise, vitamin B1 helps maintain healthy brain function.
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Published March 3, 2015
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