Who doesn’t want to be smarter? Or do what you need to do to help guard against brain deterioration into old age? Well if you’re interested in boosting your brain power, check out today’s guest post by Jefferey Morgan!
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a pill and get smarter? There are some supplements available today that are a step in that direction. While they can’t increase your native intelligence, they can help your memory, focus, and mental clarity. Here are a few of the top supplements for boosting your brainpower. As with any supplement, be sure to talk with your doctor before you start taking something new.
Piracetam + Choline
Piracetam is also called Nootopyl, and is often prescribed by doctors for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and depression. Healthy people have also started taking this in order to boost their mental functions. The chemical enhances the functioning of the ACh transmitters and receptors, which can improve your spatial memory, mental clarity, and overall brain efficiency. It works best in combination with Choline, which is an essential nutrient that also prevents the headaches which can be caused by Piracetam. Some really good food source that contain Choline: cod fish, peanuts, almonds, broccoli, grapefruit, cooked brown rice.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract
This naturally derived supplement comes from the unique maidenhair tree that grows in China. Extracts are taken from the leaves, and contain different flavonoids that are known for their ability to improve a person’s concentration and memory. Studies have shown that Ginkgo Biloba Extract significantly improves attention, and can also lead to improved memory, and faster speed of memorization. In some cases, it is now being used to treat patients with dementia.
Caffeine + L-theanine
Caffeine does not really improve your brain functioning, though the fact that it is a stimulant may improve your mood and cognitive functions temporarily. However, when you combine caffeine with L-theanine, it seems to have more long-lasting beneficial effects. The L-theanine is able to cross over the blood-brain barrier, and it counteracts some of the negative effects of caffeine. L-theanine is an amino acid contained in green tea. The combination of these two has been shown to improve working memory, boost concentration, and speed the processing of visual information.
Dark Chocolate Flavanols
The cocoa which is contained in dark chocolate contains flavanols. This is a chemical known to improve mood, boost cardiovascular health, and enhance cognitive functions. It works because of the antioxidants in it, that stimulate neurological processes that are involved in memory and learning. Though it is not as strong as some of the other brain boosting supplements, dark chocolate tastes a lot better. Just avoid the very sweet chocolate, because the sugar cane detracts from the benefits.
This supplement comes from a specific plant that grows in the cold climates of northern Russia and Scandinavia, where people have been gaining the benefits of this herb for many years. The Rhodiola Rosea plant has phytochemicals that are extremely beneficial. It is known to improve both memory and cognitive functioning. It also lessens feelings of anxiety and fatigue. Studies have shown that it can affect your dopamine and serotonin levels, by virtue of its monoamine oxidase inhibition. This can improve your overall mental state, and increase cerebral functioning such as short term memory, concentration, calculation, associative thinking, and audio-visual perception.
Spirulina is an algae that may have lots of benefits on people’s brains. There have been many studies performed on the matter. It looks like it contains iron, amino acids, high amounts of B vitamins and beta carotene, and phyto-nutrients. Supplements that contain spirulina protect against various chronic diseases and cell damage. Apart from reducing inflammation inside the tissues of the body, it can also decrease inflammation in the human brain. Researchers have proven that it may put off memory loss by diminishing oxidative strain in the brain.
There are numerous food supplements on the market that promise to help boost brainpower. Prior to starting to take any of them, it’s really important that you consult with a specialist first. It’s one thing to have a diet based only on healthy food (fruits and veggies), and it’s a whole different thing to take supplements in the form of a tablet or pill. Not everything you see on the market is safe and suitable for our brain and body, especially since there are so many products that haven’t been tested for side effects.
About the Author
The article is authored by a regular writer and blogger Jefferey Morgan. He writes on health and fitness related issues and has a great knowledge on the related niche. He loves to read books in his free time.