We all know that the number one way to keep and improve your brain functions is to stay active. However, various nutrients and supplements have been linked with healthy brain function and are important to consider as we start to age.
Americans spend over $14 billion on supplements each year, so it is important to make sure your supplement $’s truly providing benefit to you and worth that additional expense.
First of all, it is important to understand that supplements containing botanical ingredients are known to be very effective when taken in the correct dosage and are at the claimed and beneficial potency level. The FDA does not regulate these. This is not to say that FDA approval or lack thereof is a guarantee. By nature, it is not possible to fully regulate botanical extracts since it is not an exact science.
That leaves it up to you as the consumer to do your research on the companies’ selling your supplements. Also make sure you understand proper efficacy and potency, and shelf life of certain supplements. It does take a little more time, but it is time well spent when you better understand what to look for and what to avoid when spending your supplement $’s.
Also be aware that while many supplements are a great answer for various health issues and concerns, they can interact negatively with other medications. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are harmless just because they are over the counter and/or natural. Talk with your doctor or other health professional to be sure there will be no negative interactions or side effects.
So which supplements are important to consider for brain function: Here are a few to look at to start with:
- St. John’s Wort for healthy moods.
- Melatonin for healthy sleep cycles, immune support, combating inflammation and more!
- Omega 3’s for heart health, vision, nerve cells, and depression.
- Probiotics for digestion, metabolism cholesterol and menopause management. Read on for more!
- Vitamins A and C for healthy vision, immune support and more.
- CoQ10 for vision, heart health, cellular energy, blood pressure and more.
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin for joint health
Bottom line is to keep your natural diet high in all of the above, but backing it up with high quality supplements targeting the elements noted will benefit you greatly in this adventure we are all in as we experience the second 50 of life.