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7 Supplements For A Smarter Brain

Updated on July 11, 2016

There are thousands of health supplements marketed as "brain supplements" But if you understand how the brain works, you'll find there are a few that make much more impact to brain health than others and will definitely help get you out of that mental "fog". Read on to Learn more.

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)

DHA comes from fish and makes up the cerebral cortex of the brain. This part of the brain manages memory, language, emotions, and attention. DHA also plays a role in how the cells in the brain communicate with each other. Approximately 70% of Americans are deficient in DHA. 2000 - 3000 milligrams daily is recommended.

Acetyl L-Carnitine with Alpha Lipoic Acid

These nutrients are a dynamic trifecta for giving your brain cells the energy they need. Firstly, They rejuvenate aging brain cells and have been shown to provide a better stress response. Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALC) is a key energy regulator. When ALC is broken apart, you are left with two powerful players for brain energy. Carnitine plays a vital role in transporting energy (fat) across the blood brain barrier, and its Acetyl metabolite is reused to form Acetylcholine; one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in the body. This makes it a killer combo not just for energy production but for neuron health. When you add Alpha Lipoic Acid to the mix, you're adding one of the most potent antioxidants we can supplement with. It scavenges for every cancer causing free radical in it's path. Some of these free radicals may eventually become responsible for Dimentia and Alzheimer's Disease. Great valued supplement anyone interested in brain health should incorporate into their diet.

Tumeric (Curcumin)

When you think Tumeric, you might think Middle Eastern Cuisine. You should be thinking Anti-Inflammatory as well. Tumeric is one of the most potent killers of inflammation dating back hundreds of years as an Ayurvedic treatment. Supplementing with at least 1000mg of Tumeric daily will help reduce inflammation, reduce stress, and enhance critical thinking abilities.


Bacopa monnieri is another Ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years to enhance memory, learning, and concentration. It works in part by balancing the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and GABA and reduces stress induced Cortisol. The studies on Bacopa are few, however, it's been used so much for so long, its worth mentioning here as a potential brain builder for memory, concentration, and reducing stress.

Caffeine and Coconut Oil

This should not be a big surprise. Caffeine has been used continuously to eliminate brain fog and many people cannot imagine starting their day without a cup of coffee. Consider adding a tablespoon of coconut oil and you've got a brain fueling elixir that will keep you focused and energized for hours. The reason is because coconut oil contains a powerful energy system called ketones. Ketones are used for energy when the brain does not have enough glucose available. As we age, it becomes harder for the brain to use sugar for energy. Ketones are the alternative energy source for the brain and has strong clinical studies on its brain reinforcing behavior. Coconut Oil has been used for years to help slow the signs of Alzheimer's in elderly patients and has become a popular food in the Psychiatric Community to treat patients with Epilepsy and Schizophrenia with prescribed medication.

Incorporating these nutrients into your diet can help you stay more productive at work, minimize stress. and increase your quality of life. If you have some supplements you use for brain health not mentioned here, please leave your recommendations in the comments below! .


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      Maurice Glaude 21 months ago from Mobile, AL

      Tumeric is one of my favorite spices! If caffeine was a spice it would be that!