6 Best Supplements for Brain Health
What are the 6 best supplements for brain health?
The human brain is a complex organ that is in charge of almost everything we feel and do. Because of this, it’s vital we do everything in our power to keep it strong and healthy as we go through life.
The brain is a muscle, but unlike most muscles in your body, your brain is always engaged. There are even studies that say it can use up to almost 20% of our body’s total energy (which makes sense when you think about how tired you are after a day-long drive – maintaining that level of alertness is exhausting). In order to provide your brain with what it needs to maximize its function, we must provide it with whole, quality foods that are rich in antioxidants and low in trans and saturated fats. It’s also equally important that we provide the nutrients we may not get from food in the form of supplements.
Let’s take a closer look at what these are:
More than half of your brain is made of fat. With this being said, oily fish, like tuna and salmon are awesome for your brain. These fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that form your brain’s myelin sheaths. Myelin what?! Myelin sheaths are basically the protective coating around nerves that help them communicate with one another. It is recommended to get at least two servings a week to optimize your brain function. If you aren’t a big fish eater, try a fish oil supplement or a supplement that has DHA in it.
Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)
GABA is a nutrient that greatly supports your brain. This amino acid is found in the human body and it assists your neurotransmitters by activating the receptors vital for brain function.
Vitamin C and E, selenium, lutein, and lycopene are all antioxidants that protect you from the free radicals that speed up the aging process. Vitamin C is a huge player in the antioxidant game and assists in the production of neurotransmitters and the overall function of the brain.Caffeine
This is a controversial one, primarily because caffeine can also have its fair share of negative side effects, so remember to balance yourself wisely or don’t at all. But, if you’re one of those people that enjoy a nice cup of joe to kickstart your day, you know what we’re talking about here. Caffeine helps tremendously – from improved reaction time to supporting various cognitive functions – all proven by research.Ginkgo Biloba
Mental acuity and memory is the name of the game with Ginkgo Biloba! Support a brain-healthy lifestyle by supplementing with these nutrients as they support increased peripheral blood flow and can also assist in keeping you sharp!Choline
Choline has been said to support memory function and it’s a nutrient important in the making of acetylcholine – the messenger chemical assisting your brain as it sends messages from one nerve cell to another.
Along with regular exercise, quality sleep, and a healthy diet, these supplements can maximize your overall brain health and keep you at a level of mental sharpness that helps you succeed in all your activities from day-to-day. It’s time to take control of your brainpower!
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