There are lots of good quality, naturopathic products to help boost focus, concentration and mental clarity. Here are our favourite five.
- Bacopa: Bacopa is commonly used for Alzheimer disease, memory and thinking skills (cognitive function), anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is thought that Bacopa might increase certain brain chemicals that are involved in thinking, learning, and memory. Some research suggests that it might also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer disease.
- Ginkgo biloba: Ginkgo biloba is a tree native to China that has been grown for thousands of years for a variety of uses. Ginkgo supplements are associated with several health uses, most of which focus on brain function and blood circulation. Ginkgo is a powerful antioxidant, and appears in many studies with promising results for Alzeihmer’s patients. Studies also support the notion that supplementing with ginkgo may increase mental performance and well-being.
- Fish oils: The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil play important roles in brain function and development. There are also claims that fish oil can improve brain function in people with memory problems, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairments.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine: NAC’s ability to replenish glutathione and regulate brain glutamate levels can boost brain health. The brain neurotransmitter glutamate is involved in a broad range of learning, behavior and memory actions, while the antioxidant glutathione helps reduce oxidative damage to brain cells associated with aging. Because NAC helps regulate glutamate levels and replenish glutathione, it may benefit those with brain and memory ailments.
- Panax Ginseng: Panax ginseng is purported to enhance longevity, promote cognitive functions, and alleviate fatigue. Some clinical trials have reported that Panax ginseng treatment improves cognitive functions in healthy people and in dementia patients.
As always, we do not recommend self-prescriptions as there are side effects, contraindications and other health risks involved in any supplementation, natural or not. Talk to one of our Health Practitioners about which herbs and supplements are right for your condition, and at which dosage.