Mentally shaped with capsules? Why a single preparation really makes sense

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Magnesium, Folic Acid, Calcium: Nutritional supplements are literally on everyone's lips. Even supplements for mental health are advertised – but most are useless.

Those who want to keep their brains in shape have certain possibilities: crossword puzzles, sudoku and newspaper reading, for example, require gray cells and should be the perfect training for the brain. Even those who are learning a new language or an instrument, favor the head and the memory. But you need to invest a little time and leisure. Those who fear the idea of ​​dietary supplements against forgetfulness and for a better mental form on a fertile ground. But what are the capsules and drops that are advertised so aggressively on television and in magazines?

Billions of food supplements: most products are useless

Believing in commercials, some products can not only prevent mental deterioration, but also reduce memory loss. The World Council on Brain Health (GCBH) has examined various products designed to promote brain activity – with devastating results.! For example, researchers at GCBH concluded in an article that brain supplementation is not the way to improve or maintain brain function for most people, according to the Good medical portal.

Speech is a real waste of money: the products are generally not worth the plastic in which they are filled. With one exception: vitamin B12If a doctor diagnoses a vitamin B12 deficiency with the help of a blood test – which, according to the medical journal, is common in the elderly, vegetarians and pregnant women – vitamin B12 supplements can promote brain health.

More on this topic: A young woman suddenly becomes extremely forgetful – what hides behind it almost cost her life,

Keep your brain in shape: better use this method

However, those who are healthy should avoid touching nutritional supplements designed to improve cognitive functions. And people with pre-existing conditions should pay close attention to these products and only take them with the agreement of their doctor, for example patients taking heart medications, steroids or anticoagulants. Interactions are possible here and can have fatal consequences: Increased vitamin K intake, for example, reduces the effect of the anticoagulant agent Coumadin and may thus promote the development of thrombosis.

"Brain nutrition supplements seem to be a huge waste of money," said Sarah Lenz Lock, executive director of GCBH, summing up the research findings. Money should be better invested in a healthy diet that has been proven to promote brain healthFor example, American researchers have developed the diet called MIND, which promotes the formation of gray cells and prevents dementia.

Read alsoThese two diets significantly reduce the risk of dementia – the study said.

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Celebrities who have lost their memory

Nightmare Alzheimer: Gerd Müller, a former FC Bayern Munich football player, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. On November 3, a few weeks before his 70th birthday, the German football champion and the family of the world champion of 1974 asked him to understand that there will be no public appearance on the occasion of this anniversary. © dpa
Karheinz Böhm
The great actor Karheinz Böhm died on May 29, 2014 at the age of 86 years. It was only in February 2013 that Alzheimer's disease of Böhm was known. His son Michael no longer wanted to remain silent about his father's health condition. Karlheinz Böhm has become a star on the side of Romy Schneider in Sissi. Böhm has been working for hungry people in the Sahel since 1981 (archive photo from 2.05.2011). © dpa
The former actor Karlheinz Böhm, who heads the "People for the People" in Ethiopia for 28 years, and his wife Almazs, visit the reforestation project "Sheikh Abdi's Erosion Pit" in Ethiopia (photo taken in 2006).
Former actor Karlheinz Böhm has been the head of People for People in Ethiopia since 1981. The 2006 photograph shows how Böhm and his wife Almazs visit the reforestation project "Sheikh Abdi Erosion Trench" in Ethiopia. © dpa
Rudi Assauer
Rudi Assauer and the terrible Alzheimer's diagnosis shook all over Germany. His honesty affects. © dpa
Schalke manager Rudi Assauer
During an appearance on television in early 2012, the director of football, Rudi Assauer, spoke openly about his suffering for the first time. And celebrity is not alone with its heavy fate. © dpa
Ronald Reagan
Former US President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) did not recognize his wife Nancy one day after more than 40 years of marriage. © dpa
Ronald Reagan Alzheimer
"I am now starting the journey that brings me to the twilight of my life …" – In 1994, the former president had confessed in a letter as a patient with Alzheimer's. This created for the first time a public awareness of the disease. © dpa
Gunter Sachs Suicide
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Margret Thatcher
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Peter Falk
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Annie Girardot
French actress Annie Girardot died at the age of 79 (28.02.2011) from Alzheimer's disease. © dpa
Charlton Heston
Alzheimer's patient, Charlton Heston, died at the age of 84. The American actor became known for the cinematic epic "The Ten Commandments" of Moses. For his Judah in "Ben Hur" in 1959, he won the Oscar for Best Actor. © dpa
Bubi Scholz
Again and again, Bubi Scholz has found life despite several blows. The old legend of boxing also suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died at the age of 70 in Berlin (21.08.2000). © dpa
Country star Glen Campbell, despite his diagnosis of Alzheimer's, wanted to go on tour for the last time in the fall of 2011 and bid farewell to his fans at several concerts. © dpa
The actor Fred Delmare was one of the most well known actors of the GDR. Last Delmare was in the ARD series "In all friendship" as Friedrich's grandfather in front of the camera. In 2005, he retired from professional life because of his Alzheimer's disease, where the Mime died in 2009. © dpa
Helmut Zacharias
Violin virtuoso Helmut Zacharias composed 400 pieces, arranged 1,400 titles and sold 13 million records. More recently, he has disappeared from the public eye. The musician, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, lived until his death at the age of 82 (28.02.2002) in a sanatorium located near his place of residence, Ascona, in Swiss. © dpa
Roberto Blanco
Roberto Blanco and Sodom unite to be elected by the German Alzheimer Society e.V. The singer draws attention to the disease with humor. Obs
A bust of the researcher on the Alois Alzheimer brain
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