Even More Supplements For Memory and Focus
Frankly, There Are A Lot
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the medicine cabinet, here is another list expanding on my previous lists (here and here) of the best dietary supplements for memory, focus, and energy. Try each of these brain focus supplements for yourself if you like, and do not just rely on the hype. It is always best to see what works best for you personally. So, without further ado, let's look individually at some more supplements to improve memory, focus, and energy, starting with...
An Antioxidant For Mental Sharpness
L-Carnosine is a supplement with a lot of beneficial effects, so it has often been called a “general purpose” health supplement. As an antioxidant, L-Carnosine helps protect cells and tissues against the negative effects of aging. L-Carnosine also helps defend against age-related mental deterioration, which is even better for our purposes. You may not always look as young as you do now, but with the proper diet and exercise, plus a supplement for mental focus or two, you should be able to stay as mentally sharp as you are now for years to come. L-Carnosine’s antioxidant effects also protect the brain from strokes. Oh, and one last note: try not to confuse l-carnosine with the similarly-named next supplement on our list...
Don't Be the Dude With Memory Problems
Acetyl-L-Carnitine, or ALC, is a form of the amino acid carnitine. The body naturally produces this amino acid, which is also found in trace amounts in some foods. ALC has long been recognized for its ability to increase cellular energy production, including in the brain, which uses a fifth of the body's energy. Some studies suggest that the amino acid Acetyl-L-Carnitine might help Alzheimer's patients with memory problems, so that’s pretty useful. Of course, this is of even greater benefit to people in the early stages of the disease. In clinical trials, ALC has improved memory and cognition in people suffering from cognitive decline as a result of aging, and it has also slowed the progress of Alzheimer's disease in some patients. Other benefits include alleviating depression and in improving the functioning of Parkinson’s patients. ALC is an amino acid that will cross the blood-brain barrier, helping with energy production necessary for optimal brain functioning. And if you like to exercise, it can help muscles grow stronger, too. Bonus!
Produce ATP, Gain Energy
Coenzyme Q10 contributes to the production of ATP, as it naturally found in the human body. If you take CoQ10 supplements, you will help to improve your maximum physical energy, thereby improving your concentration and memory. CoQ10 may also help protect against age-related memory decline, including Parkinson's disease.
Ancient Chinese Secret (For Memory)
Also known as Chinese club moss, Huperzine A is a natural medicine that is sold as a dietary supplement for memory support. This botanical firmoss has been used for centuries by the Chinese for the treatment of swelling, fever and blood disorders. Clinical trials in China have also shown it to be effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Not only that, but it actively improves memory, too.
Minor Potential For Improving Memory
An herb that's sometimes used with ginkgo biloba, Asian Ginseng helps prevent fatigue and improve quality of life. There are less clear results for this supplement in terms of improving memory directly, except as a tangential result of increased energy, so keep that in mind. Most group studies have shown improved memory as a direct result of consuming Asian Ginseng in only a small number of participants.
Using Supplements to Combat Alzheimer's
Clearly, a lot of the supplements on this list show particular strength at combating degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. But that does not mean that these are supplements for memory and focus that are beneficial only to patients with those diseases. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so if you take control of your mental and physical health at an earlier age, you will likely have less to worry about as you age. Also, if you are at risk for any chronic health issues, it is wise to consult with your physician before you begin taking any new supplements that may have listed side effects. Be safe, and enjoy your improved mental clarity!