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How to Increase Memory Naturally, Including Help for ADHD

Updated on May 24, 2013

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Twinlab, B-12 Dots, 500mcg, 100 Tablets
Twinlab, B-12 Dots, 500mcg, 100 Tablets

shown to increase memory, in a sublingual form


Dr. Mary Ann Block on ADHD

Symptoms of B-12 deficiency
Sources of nutrient
poor concentration
dairy products
poor memory
bone loss
chronic fatigue
inflammation of the tongue
among many others
Information from Nutritional Healing and Depression Free Naturally.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia
mental confusion
lack of concentration
hunger after meals
among many others
Information taken from Depression Free Naturally
Metabolism of cholesterol
to pregnenolone
testosterone and
estriol, estrone,
other androgens
and other estrogens
This chart was reproduced from Women's Health Connection Newsletter P.O. Box 6338, Madison, WI 53716

Brain, and Body, Go Hand in Hand. How to increase memory, naturally.

I have read that gingko biloba does increase memory. Also, keeping active mentally, will help. Such as crossword puzzles, reading on subjects that interest you. Developing a new hobby, would also keep your brain sharp. Memory loss has been linked to a B complex vitamin deficiency, specifically B-12, and B-6. Especially in older adults. Due to two factors, either a lack of it in their diet, or the intrinsic factor. As we age, we are unable to utilize our food, and supplements. Therefore, B-12 shots are very effective, as are sublingual supplements.

The symptoms of B-12 deficiency are bone loss, chronic fatigue, dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears, paranoia, and numbness, as well as memory loss. There are two forms of B-12, cyanocobalamin, and methylcobalamin. Cyanocobalamin, though inexpensive, is not easily absorbed. Methylcobalamin, is easily absorbed, but the more expensive one. The recommended dosage is 500-1000 mcg, once or twice daily. This vitamin is water soluable, the excess is not stored in the body, therefore you cannot overdose. Sublingual is the most recommended by researchers. Placed under the tongue, this route of administration, is directly into the blood stream. Weekly, B-12 injections are also an option. Administered through your physician.

Excerpt from pub med published 2003- the benefits of B-6 For Cognitive Thinking

Micronutrient status can affect cognitive function at all ages. Vitamin deficiencies could influence memory function and might contribute to age-associated cognitive impairment and dementia. Vitamin B6, comprising three chemically distinct compounds pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine, is involved in the regulation of mental function and mood. Vitamin B6 is also an essential homocysteine re-methylation cofactor, and deficiency is associated with increase in blood homocysteine levels. (increase risk of heart attack)

Meaning that just a vitamin B-6 defiency could lead to decline in any mental function, including ADHD. The most helpful in this condition has been b-6, magnesium, and fish oil, supplementation. Having the child tested for food, and additive allergy, has also been helpful.

Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, can be a contributing factor. The brain requires a proper level of glucose in the blood to function properly. A diet high in refined foods, will not feed the brain. The amino acid, L-glutamine, has been found to help this condition, by healing the intestines. Malabsorption, and leaky gut syndrome, are a contributing factor to hypoglycemia. If you are unable to utilize nutrients, it would effect all aspects of the body. L-glutamine, also rids the brain of excess ammonia, thereby increasing brain function. I, myself, have used this supplement, with no ill effects. The dosage is dependent upon the condition. Usually, 500-1000 mg per day. The added benefit, is it reduces the craving for sweets. Hypoglycemia, is a vicious circle, the low you experience, is dependent upon your last meal. The more sugar you consume, the lower your low will be. ( A sugar crash) Innositol is another wonderful supplement, used for the hypoglycemic, a B-viamin. Purchase in powder form, you may use this, as often as needed, cannot overdose, as it is not stored in the body.

Chlorella, is newly being touted as a memory booster. As I have not used this particular supplement, I cannot say for sure that it truly works. Being a high source of B-12 and chlorophyll, it would stand to reason, that it would help. Chlorella is an algae, that cleanses the bloodstream of toxins. During my research on this supplement, it has been found to bind to heavy metals, such as mercury, and remove them from the body. Therefore, if toxins are the culprit, it would increase memory. There have been numerous studies, with aluminum being a contributing factor to Alzheimers, the research should be in that arena. Other benefits of this supplement include anti-inflammatory, joint restucturing, and longevity properties. Available through Dr. Rosenbaum.

Another recommended supplement is pregnenolone. John Morley, MD states, " clearly and by far the most potent of the neurosteroids, for improving memory by light years. It has a much broader memory response than any of the other neurosteriods. This makes it almost an ideal agent for looking at memory and the consequences of the age related deterioration of memory." Pretty impressive. The side effects reported are overstimulation at higher doses. Recommended to take in the morning, and only 50mg. The chart illustrates how your body converts cholesterol into pregnenolone. Another good reason to supplement with good fats. Extensive research has not been done on this supplement, consult a physician before proceeding. Steroids, be they natural or synthetic, can have consequences. With every round of a synthetic steroid, expect to gain 5 pounds, and for your blood pressure to go up at least five points.

The brain, being made up of 70 percent fat, requires good fats to function properly. Omega 3's, are such fats. A deficiency would lead to impaired brain function. Found in fish oil, nuts, avocado, and seeds. Can also be taken in supplement form. Recommended dosage is 1000mg per day. It is a blood thinner, so be careful, do not combine with warfarin, coumadin, or any other blood thinner. Our obsession with being thin, has lead us to cutting out all fat. A big mistake. We cannot think without it, so therefore, it is a required nutrient. Coconut oil is an easy way to add the good fats to our diets. It has a mild flavor, easily substituted into any recipe, for your normal oils. Your body cannot utilize hydrogenated fats, therefore it stores it as extra pounds, or in your arteries as plaque. Also, cutting out fat, will make you crave sugar, and carbs, resulting in weight gain. Your binges on such food is your body telling you, I need good fat!

The basis for good health, including brain function, are based on choices. Be they the food we eat, the supplements we take, or the life we lead. Make good, informed choices.

Very helpful supplement, as well as versitile

The Benefits of Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is helpful in numerous applications. Tyrosine is the precursor for adrenaline, and the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, and dopamine. It also regulates metabolism, as well as increases it, and helps suppress appetite as well. By binding with iodine, produces active thyroid hormone.

So, helpful with low energy, weight loss, hypothyroidism, as well as depression.

Tyrosine is found in the following foods: Almonds, avocados, dairy, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

Aminos are not for everyone. Anyone taking an MOA, or anti depressants, those under the age of 18, and any one taking a thyroid hormone medication, as well as those with a history of liver, or kidney problems, should not take any AMINO, as this is where aminos are metabolized. As tyrosine increases adrenaline, any one with a history of seizures, anxiety, or panic attacks, heart disease, should consult their health care provider, before proceeding with this supplement.


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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 4 years ago from Hobart,In

      You"re welcome erorantes, from florida. All of the supplements listed have been found to be very effective in the treatment of many skin conditions. Thank you for your kind words

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      Ana Maria Orantes 4 years ago from Miami Florida

      I Ms.Artist101; I like your article about the vitamines.Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      Thank you for all the kind incouragement.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      I just recently recommended L-Glutamine for esophageal problems. Difficulty swallowing, scar tissue, and ulcer. Results where seen in 3 days.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      Thank you, I try to keep it simple and straight forward.

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      elanger333 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Great hub. I liked how you explained everything in terms everyone can appreciate.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      Thank you, I'm glad to help.

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

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