Top Memory Boosters and Memory Loss Inhibitors
There are lots of brain boosting and memory enhancing supplements on the market (and off the market) to help combat memory loss and keep your mind sharp, but do some work better than others? Here is a list of 20 of the top memory boosting nutrients and supplements available. This, by no means is a complete list and it is not presented in any presumed ranked order, but If you were to ask multiple experts to name their top 30, I’m sure that these 20 would be among them.
1. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo Biloba has been one of America’s top-selling memory loss products for years. Derived from the maidenhair tree, Ginkgo Biloba is widely available and used by millions of Americans. It has been proven helpful for people suffering from dementia.
3. Vitamin E
Research has shown that vitamin E can be very helpful in preventing memory loss by as much as 30 percent in people who take the supplement regularly. Vitamin E does not decrease one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s, however, it’s been shown to slow down how quickly the disease can progress.
Phosphatidylserine (or “PS”) is a fat that can be found in plants, animals and brain cells. PS has been thought to be preventative against dementia and Alzherimer’s and is commonly derived from soy.
This is an Indian herb that has been widely used. In India, curcumin has been used to treat different types of cancer, liver disease, and other serious health problems. Curcumin has been used on people who suffer from traumatic brain disease and dementia. It is also said to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.
6. Huperzine A
This is a natural medicine that has been shown to work very similarly to other, more common drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Huperzine A is also known as Chinese club moss, as it’s derived from the purified plant.
7. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 is commonly found in many foods and also occurs naturally in the body. Proven to aide in preventing memory loss, CoQ10 works by shielding brain cells from harm.
9. Acetyl-L-carnitine or ALCAR
This is an amino acid that has been thought to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. Some studies suggest that Acetyl-L-carnitine may be more beneficial to people who are just beginning to suffer memory loss, as it helps to stop free radicals from damaging brain cells. It is also accountable for brain functions such as regulating sleep cycle and learning.
10. Rhodiola Rosea
This is another traditional herb used in China that also has been known to promote longevity as well as boost memory.
This herb, which is often used with Ginkgo Biloba, has been shown to help not only keep your memory sharp and stimulate your brain, but also fight tiredness and fatigue.
13. Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGGG)
Found in Green Tea, EGGG is said to help in calming the mind and promoting the creation of new brain cells.
Found in the peri-winkle plant, Vinpocetine is a relatively new memory loss supplement that has been shown to be great for overall memory health.
15. Citicoline or CDP-Choline
Citicoline is a naturally occurring compound in your body and helps keep brain cells healthy. It can be considered one of the few supplements that has the ability to treat severe mental disorders like dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
16. Mucuna Pruriens
These tropical legumes not only boost memory, but also mood. They are known to increase the levels of dopamine which also helps to prevent depression and lethargy.
17. Magnesium Threonate
A mineral, magnesium may one of the more underused supplements, but aids in memory loss prevention. It is normally taken in combination with Calcium. The lack of magnesium in your body can lead to depression and other mood disorders.
19. Alpha GPC
Part of the Choline group, Alpha GPC has been shown to be particularly effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease, helping boost memory by more than 80 percent. It is an important micronutrient that’s necessary for brain development and Alpha GPC is the form of Choline that enters the brain easily, helping in increasing the levels of dopamine and other neurotransmitters.
20. Bacopa Monnieri
This ancient Ayurvedic herb has been not only shown to help stave off memory loss, but helps reduce anxiety and stress as well. It also retains its reliability in improving age-related mental health disorders.