Take Vitamins To Boost Your Memory

Take Vitamins To Boost Your Memory

Thanks to advances made in the science, we can say with certainty that as we age, our brain and memory slowly deteriorates. Some degrade faster which leads to Alzheimer’s and dementia. It’s a known fact that aging continually lowers the body’s levels of vitamins and minerals as well as the chemicals needed to support our cellular machinery. Since this is a natural process, it can’t be reversed or stopped entirely. But taking vitamin supplements can definitely slow down the process and enable us to feel young at heart and enjoy activities that we once enjoyed. These supplements, of course, have to be taken daily.

Antioxidants:

Vitamins C and E are greatly useful when it comes to salvaging the fragile brain tissue from oxidative damage. Vitamin C is very helpful in keeping us mentally sharp and is also known to keep the Alzheimer’s disease at bay. Food sources that have antioxidants are berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and fruits such as cherries, plums, citrus fruits including oranges and grapefruits. Even vegetables like red tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers including some nuts and seeds in addition to green tea and other kinds of tea.

B Vitamins:

B vitamins act as protective armor for nerve cells. They neutralize homocysteine, an amino acid that can have adverse effects on nerve cells. B Vitamins enable a more vivid and stronger memory. With especially powerful benefits for memory, B6, B12, and folic acid are instrumental in producing red blood cells, the carriers of oxygen to the brain. Each B vitamin exerts its own special effects on behalf of the memory and mind.

Folic Acid:

Helps combat Alzheimer’s disease. Other than supplements, folic acid is found in beans, green vegetables, and whole grains.

Vitamin B1 (thiamin):

Popularly known as the ‘vitamin of memory’, B1 also aids concentration. One of the main functions it performs is absorb glucose, the quintessential brain food. B1 is found in lean meats, eggs, nuts, peas, legumes, and whole grains.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine):

Helps the brain to retain and recall information. B6 is found in poultry, egg yolks, fish, potatoes, whole grains, and avocados.

Vitamin B12:

B12 is the anchor for the other supplements, found in poultry, eggs, cheese, and liver.

B vitamins can be found in foods such as broccoli, black beans, asparagus, leeks, soybeans, and other legumes; dark, leafy greens including spinach; and oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, and melons.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

The omega-3 fatty acids are ‘good’ fats that our bodies and brains needs. Their molecules improve memory and general brain function. One of their most important roles is protecting the brain from inflammation, which can prove to be fatal. The good fat helps to reduce cholesterol levels and food sources include fish such as tuna, herring, salmon, halibut, and mackerel; walnuts; and flaxseed or flaxseed oil.

Other Supplements:

Alpha-lipoic acid helps rid the radicals in brain cells, enabling them to work efficiently to improve the memory.

Ginkgo biloba encourages greater blood flow in the brain, redirecting the oxygen where and when the brain most needs it.

Phosphatidylserine can reverse the memory deficits caused by aging.

Dimethylaminoethanol helps to improve and strengthen concentration and memory.

Vinpocetine improves memory and concentration by targeting blood flow towards the memory banks in the brain.

Carnosine aids rejuvenating the brain cells.

Zinc is known to help in visual memory. Sources include beans, nuts, red meat, dairy products, and whole grains.

Magnesium can result in some significant memory improvement. Food sources include nuts, fish, whole grains, potatoes, and dairy.

The mystery behind the brain and it’s still a work in progress but if you’re looking to improve your memory and concentration powers, vitamin supplements, natural or synthetic, are the way to go!

 

 

 

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