Natural Mind and Memory Enhancers

  • 16 Mar 2016
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As we age the tendency is for our memory to decline. How often have you walked into a room and forgotten what it was you went in there for? Or temporarily forgotten the name of an acquaintance, a film you saw recently or a book you read?

However, losing your memory is not something you have to accept. There is much you can do with nutrition and supplements to help enhance your memory and mind, and protect yourself from memory decline.

This article explains which six key nutrients your body needs to make the key brain chemicals that enhance your memory.

1. Choline – The Building Blocks of Acetylcholine

The key brain chemical for memory is called acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter - it delivers messages between your brain cells or neurons. It is derived from the nutrient choline, which you can get by eating egg yolks and fish, especially sardines. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is also essential for the formation of acetylcholine.

Many studies show that giving choline during pregnancy can create ‘super brains' in the baby. It is essential for proper brain development. Supplementing choline in adults has also proven to boost memory, if given in high doses. A study at Florida International University gave 41 people aged 50 to 80, 500mg of choline every day for five weeks. They reported having half as many memory lapses, such as forgetting names or losing things.

Some forms of choline cross more easily from the blood into the brain – particularly phosphatidyl choline, or PC for short, and a precursor for choline called DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol). Combining choline with other smart nutrients has proven much more effective at even lower doses.

2. DMAE – A Natural Brain Stimulant

DMAE reduces anxiety, stops the mind racing, improves concentration, promotes learning and acts as a mild brain stimulant. Dr Bernard Rimland in California, found it to be almost twice as effective in treating children with attention deficit disorder as the drug Ritalin, without the side-effects.

The ideal dose for memory enhancement is 100mg or more, taken in the morning or midday, not in the evening. Don't expect immediate results. DMAE can take two to three weeks to work but it's worth waiting for.

3. Phosphatidyl Serine: the Memory Molecule

For neurotransmitters to work properly it’s important that their receptor site or ‘docking port’, on the brain cell is fully functioning. These receptor sites are literally built out of two key nutrients – phosphatidyl ......

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