Super-cognitive vitamins and supplements: how to improve memory and concentration for kids and adults

Don’t you just wish you could wave a magic wand and be instantly smarter? Well you can!

Well it’s a little more complicated than that, but essentially, taking these natural products can boost your cognitive health, including your memory and focus. For thousands of years people have been harnessing the power of these herbal remedies, so it is amazing that in this day and age these products are still a relative secret.

There are a number of different ways supplements can help your brain power:

  • Boosting your focus and concentration
  • Boosting your attention span
  • Improving your memory
  • Helping your mood and mental health
  • Increasing your alertness

It helps to remember that supplements are meant to be supplementary, which means they help the other good things that you do for your body and brain. Taking vitamins helps your body to work better but will make your brain great without also regular exercise, sleep and a healthy diet.

What vitamins and ingredients can boost your cognition?

Children

All of these vitamins and minerals have been shown to help children’s brain development, and additionally that children low in these may face cognitive developmental concerns. Most of these are included in multi-vitamins, so a daily supplement for your children can provide an excellent bonus to their growing brains.

Vitamin B

Folic acid, when used in combination with vitamins B6 and B12 has been shown to reduce the memory problems and cognitive decline that come with age, as well as assisting short-term memory. Thiamine is necessary for brain and nerve tissue, and people low in this may suffer from memory problems as well.

Vitamin C

We need lots of this vitamin in our brains, and it is not produced naturally by the body, so only comes from diet and supplements.

Calcium

This mineral helps your nerves to send messages to each other.

Magnesium

This is a magic ingredient which takes all of the B vitamins and converts them into their active form to give them their special powers.

Iron

Girls and women who are low in iron may be able to improve their learning and memory by increasing their iron intake.

Adults

These vitamins and supplements can help middle-aged and older adults slow their cognitive function from the effects of aging, mostly by boosting short-term memory and slowing memory loss.

Curcumin

This product is isolated from turmeric, and in regular intake can slow the effects of aging on brain power and memory.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

These may improve cognition in a number of ways, including helping your ability to focus attention, control impulses and stay flexible mentally, as well as improve your mental processing speed and efficiency.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Fish oil has been shown to help brain health and cognition, specifically in reducing memory deterioration in older adults. Taking regular fish oil supplements can slow down people’s memory failure that occurs naturally with age.

Vitamin D

This ingredient has been known to slow cognitive aging as well as improve mood.

Green Tea

Green tea may improve brain function, although the extent to which it helps is still uncertain.

Choline

Some types of choline, including Lecithin, can help improve short-term memory and attention in older adults or may improve cognition in people with mild Alzheimer’s. Lecithin seems to increase the ability of the nerve cells in your brain to send and receive impulses.

Phosphatidylserine

Also known as PS, this can boost your memory, concentration, word recall and general mood in older adults.

Ginkgo Biloba

This improves your blood flow to your brain, which is always a good idea. At Eric’s we recommend PS and Ginkgo Biloba from supplements from Solgar.

Ginseng

While not conclusively proven to improve your cognition function directly, ginseng has been known to assist with mood, endurance and energy, all of which help you to concentrate better and help your brain work at its peak.

Vinpocetine

This ingredient has been shown to support memory, focus and mood. It may increase the blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to the brain, as well as preventing the damage that occurs if delivery of the blood to the brain is impaired. At Eric’s we recommend vinpocetine made by Jarrow Formulas.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Known as ALC, this amino acid helps you to reproduce cells.

What is the best supplement combination?

If you are looking for a multi-vitamin or a supplement product, there are a few things to look for. As a basis it should contain something that helps to build nerve and tissue damage such as amino acids, and then also include an active ingredient that helps boost memory by improving the function of your neurotransmitters. Most will also include something that helps with your alertness levels, which may be something as simple as caffeine.

At Eric’s we recommend the following supplement combinations to help get your brain into super-mode.

Bio Nutrition Brain Wellness

This supplement combination has been shown to help adult cognitive functioning in a number of ways, including memory support, mental alertness and neurological health. This unique blend of vitamins, herbs and other ingredients, including ginkgo extract, DMAE, l-tyrosine, alpha lipoic acid, acetyl-carnitine, vinpocetine and more.

It is easy to take and reports from many satisfied customers is that it works really well.

Now Brain Attention

Stay sharp and focused with NOW Brain Attention, a cutting-edge cognitive support supplement made with Cera-Q, a silk protein derivative that can help maintain healthy brain functions in both children and adults. Cera-Q has a unique structure that allows it to easily interact with existing proteins in the brain. This activity helps to support normal brain activities including memory, learning, attention, focus, and more.

Health Nurture Brain Boost

This brain boosting formula works to increase mental performance, promote a more positive mood and increase your alertness and energy, which helps your brain work to its full potential. It also helps to support oxygen and blood circulation in the brain, brain cells and neurons, which boosts memory, clarity and focus.

We don’t claim to be super-brains at Eric’s, but when it comes to vitamins and supplements to boost your cognitive powers, we certainly know our stuff. If you are looking to help improve learning, memory and attention in your children, or for yourself, come in and chat to us today.

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