“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”
Although we would all agree that good health is one key to happiness, having a bad memory isn’t. Temporary memory lapses happen to all of us. Forgetting where you put your car keys is one example. But the frustration of not being able to think of a word in mid-sentence – the “tip of the tongue” phenomenon – can be downright frustrating and scary. Don’t panic. Stress, information overload, poor diet and exhaustion can all wreak havoc on your memory and ability to focus. A few changes in sleep patterns and diet can help. So may a good organic supplement formulated to boost your brain health.
Top Nutrients for Brain Health
Following are some of the best nutrients you can consume to boost your brain health:
- Whole Grains with Low Glycemic Index. Helps your concentration and focus.
Good Sources: Whole grain cereal, pasta and brown rice.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Essential for healthy brain function. EPA and DHA help in the production of the feel good brain chemical, serotonin. Low DHA levels are linked to an increased risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
Good Sources: Salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines. Vegan sources: soybeans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts.
- Vitamin E. Can help delay cognitive decline.
Good Sources: Nuts, leafy green vegetables, asparagus, eggs, olives and brown rice.
- Blueberries. Anthocyanins in blueberries may delay short-term memory loss.
- Vitamin K. Helps brain neurotransmitters function at peak performance.
Good Sources: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
- Tomatoes. High lycopene content helps decrease inflammation, a contributor to dementia and memory loss.
- Vitamin C. Protects against age-related brain degeneration.
Good Sources: Citrus fruits, red peppers and broccoli.
- Turmeric. This powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant boosts memory and stimulates new brain cell production.
Good Sources: Add turmeric to your favorite curry dishes or take in a supplement.
Memory and Focus for All Life’s Stages
You don’t have to be a senior to experience memory loss. College-age students, exhausted from a full load of courses and activities, often need a memory boost during finals. School-age children often experience trouble focusing and paying attention in class.
Garden of Life’s Dr. Formulated Brain Health supplements help strengthen memory and focus no matter what your stage of life. Based on board-certified neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter’s nutritional philosophy, Garden of Life offers three different brain health formulas for adults, young adults and children.
Memory & Focus for Adults 40+ contains Organic NeuroFactor™, a whole coffee fruit extract clinically shown to promote BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) production in healthy adults. BDNF is a protein that supports learning, memory, alertness and mood. In the brain, the BDNF protein regulates the connections between nerve cells (synapses), where nerve cells communicate with each other. With additional experience, these connections can strengthen over time. This is called synaptic plasticity. The BDNF protein helps regulate synaptic plasticity, which is important for learning and memory. A bonus: BDNF aids in controlling body weight and mood.
This formula also contains Organic Neurophenol™, a blend of Organic Grape Extract and Organic Wild Blueberry Extract, clinically shown to improve memory performance in healthy adults. Organic turmeric, whole food vitamin D3 and a proprietary brain health lipid blend of coconut oil and avocado oil help your body absorb and assimilate the nutrients in this formula.
To give young adults a competitive edge, Memory & Focus for Young Adults features sage extract (Cognivia™), the first unique combination of two sage species: Spanish sage (Salvia lavandulifolia) and garden sage (Salvia officinalis). The active components in sage extract promote memory, improve focus and help develop clearer thinking during stressful tasks in young healthy adults. This formula also contains BDNF, turmeric, vitamin D3 and the proprietary blend of powdered coconut and avocado oils.
Attention & Focus for Kids is formulated to promote healthy brain development in growing children ages 4 and up. These tasty, watermelon berry chewable tablets contain 10 billion CFU L. rhamnosus GG, a clinically studied strain that supports brain health. Additional brain-supporting ingredients include whole food vitamin D3, amla berry vitamin C and wild blueberries. Unique to this formula is Fenoprolic™ pine bark extract, which has been clinically studied to support attention and focus.
All Dr. Formulated Brain Health supplements contain certified USDA Organic, nonGMO ingredients and are gluten, dairy and soy free.
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