We focus on eating healthy and exercise at Iron Fit in San Antonio, Texas. Both of these can help boost brain power. While eating right can provide the nutrients your body needs, people often ask about supplements for the brain and whether vitamins boost memory, there is scientific backing to support that some vitamins and nutrients can help slow the progress of memory loss. Some of these are nutrients in herbs, some are fatty acids and some are vitamins.
Vitamin B12 aids nerve function, but also is part of the production of DNA.
B12 is found in animal products like fish, meat, dairy and poultry. Some research has found that not only does a lack of vitamin B12 cause anemia, but it can also cause muscle weakness, digestive issues, nerve damage, fatigue, mood disturbances and even dementia. While there is ample evidence that a B12 deficiency is associated with the onset of dementia and reduced cognitive functioning, there is no evidence that it can be a benefit for preventing the problem or even treating the conditions. Most people get adequate amounts through diet, but some people have problems absorbing B12, like seniors, while others consuming a vegetarian diet may lack the nutrient.
Recent studies show that vitamin E might help people with mild Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, vegetables like spinach and broccoli and vegetable oils. A recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that higher amounts of vitamin E could aid people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. However, higher amounts that were used, which were approximately 2000 IU daily, have also shown to be dangerous for people on blood thinners or those with cardiovascular disease. There is even evidence that significantly increasing amounts of vitamin E, such as taking supplements, may increase the risk of prostate cancer. We suggest you always get vitamin E from diet, consuming food like wheat germ oil, almonds and sunflower seeds are good sources for vitamin E.
Vitamin D not only boosts your immune system; it also can improve memory and learning.
You’ll boost your brain function, while protect your body when you consume foods high in vitamin D. Studies completed during the pandemic found that people who were most at risk of corona virus, had low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D improves memory, helps nerve growth, reduces inflammation and protects neurons. You don’t have to take a pill to boost it, just eat foods like fatty fish, fortified dairy or liver. However, the best way to boost it is to get adequate sunshine and let the body manufacture it.
- Thiamin is important for maintenance of brain functioning and preventing ADD disorders. It helps enhance concentration, improve memory, improve attitude and aid in improving muscle coordination. It’s found in fish, pork and yogurt.
- Eating foods that help prevent inflammation are also important for brain power. Inflammation can cause atherosclerosis, caused by inflammation. It thickens arteries, including those that can block the flow of blood to the brain.
- Eating foods rich in omega fatty acids, such as ALA, EPA and DHA, can help slow memory loss. They also slow aging, promote learning and improve mental fatigue. They’re found in fatty fish, plant oils and nuts.
- Drinking green tea can help boost your memory and increase cognitive functioning. It’s the EGCG—epigallocatechin gallate found in green tea. It helps reduce the pathological markers of Alzheimer’s, too.
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