Brain Supplements That Might Actually Work

As we get older as a population many of us worry about the effect age is going to have on our brain. Are we going to be able to look after ourselves in our twilight years, or will our mind's start a slow but steady degeneration once we retire? With the number of older people suffering from the likes of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease it's no wonder that we are starting to think about taking brain supplements to do all we can to preserve our mental faculties for as long as possible.

The only problem is that there are many supplements which claim to help the brain, and if we were to take them all would find that by the time we got to 70 years of age we might still be fully compos mentis, but would be penniless. And there's no point being fully aware of your surrounds if you are stuck in your house without enough cash pay the heating bills.

So let's take a look at a couple of the supplements which have the best chance of keeping your brain intact without spending a fortune.

Omega-3 fatty acids - These are a type of fat which are essential to the functioning of your brain but which your body can't make on it's own, so you need to get them in your diet. We already know that people who are deficient in this nutrient display signs of impaired cognitive functioning so it's definitely something you will want to be getting in adequate amounts.

This is one thing that you don't actually have to supplement with though, as long as you are careful to eat foods which contain it in large amounts. That means eating things such as fish, nuts and seeds (especially hemp and flax seeds), or algae on a regular basis. If you aren't too keen on eating these types of things then you should definitely supplement with a fish oil capsule, or a vegan algae alternative.

Co enzyme Q10, also known as Co-Q10, is a supplement I believe everyone should be taking on a daily basis. This is an antioxidant which has been implicated in helping for everything from headaches to Parkinson’s and cardiovascular disease to problems with low energy. Although it's ability to improve your cognitive function has still not been proved conclusively it is also side effect free, so there is no harm in using it. Also, although we can't be sure that it helps with brain functioning, it is good for so many other things which affect us when we get old that's it's worth spending the cash on.

There are many other so called "brain supplements" on the market these days. Some of the ones you might want to investigate are Pregnenolone, DHEA and Ginkgo Biloba, but if the only thing you do is ensure proper intake of Omega-3s and pop a couple of Co-Q10 pills a day you will be doing a lot more for your brain than most people. And don't forget you should also be taking a quality multivitamin, bone and joint supplements to ensure that your body stays in as good condition as your mind.

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