For the last two decades research has shown that nutrition has a dramatic effect on the function of the brain. Proper nutrition and supplementation can not only increase memory, focus and concentration but can also be effective in helping individuals with ADD and ADHD as well as reduce the future risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and Dementia.
Many people realize as they age they slow down. We can no longer do some of the physical things such as climb a flight of stairs, walk as fast or as far as we used to or play sports with the intensity that we did when we were younger. This is also true of our mental capacity. We have our so called “Senior Moments” when we may forget where we left our keys, miss an appointment that we forgot about or have trouble remembering someone’s name that is an acquaintance of ours.
The good news is as we know the physical aspects of aging can be reduced with exercise, healthy diet and the proper nutritional supplements, so can our mental health. The same factors, along with participating in regular mental exercises, can increase mental endurance, improve our memory and optimize our ability to focus and concentrate.
While we all know what types of exercise regimen we are most likely to benefit from and stay with and what the proper foods we need to consume to maintain a healthy diet, it is not so clear what we need to be looking for in a dietary supplement to achieve our goals in increasing our mental capacity. There have been numerous studies done on the different compounds in vitamins as they pertain to improving our mental capacity. Some of the more important ingredients that you want to make sure are in the vitamins and supplements that you take are discussed below.
Vitamin C is easily absorbed into the digestive system. This is a very important antioxidant and is critical to overall good health. As it enters the blood stream and tissues it moves into the blood cells and stays in the body tissues.
Calcium is vital for the transmission of nerve impulses, maintains proper cell membrane permeability, and aids in neurotransmitter activity.
Tyrosine and Taurine are both important amino acids that are vital to brain health. Taurine has a protective effect on the brain and is found in concentrations up to four times higher in children than adults. Tyrosine is a building block for several important brain chemicals.
GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) is a powerful amino acid and is required as an inhibiting neurotransmitter. GABA is believed to help bring about tranquility in individuals with a high activity of manic behavior and acute agitation.
DMAE (2-dimethylaminoetanol bitartrate) has been shown in studies to increase vigilance and alertness. DMAE is reported to have nootropic effects (boosting human function and capacities of the brain).
Vitamin B-complex helps maintain healthy nerves. The B-complex works synergistically with other nutrients for maximum effectiveness.
In conclusion, while most of us are aware of the benefits that regular exercise along with proper diet and supplementation has on our physical health we are not always looking at the benefits that it has on our mental health and capacity. Today we hear about the increases and concerns of such diseases as ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s we also need to be aware that the things that we do in our younger years to avoid these serious diseases are going to aid us in having a healthier and more productive life as we age.