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Feed Your Brain! Improve Memory and Brain Function

Do you see yourself as more logical or creative? Whether you tend to use the left or right side of the brain, both parts need nourishment! There is a lot of focus on one’s physical appearance but less on one of the most important parts of our body–THE BRAIN! Millions of people are adhering to low-fat, low-cholesterol diets to reduce the impact of disease-promoting calories. They don’t realize that they are also starving their brains of specific nutrients needed for memory and healthy cognitive function. You can take several brain supplements to boost your brain’s activity and health.

Organic Bacopa Monnieri Pennell

Organic Bacopa Monnieri Pennell is a great supplement for the brain. It is an herb whose compounds boost cognitive function in the short-term while supporting long-term brain health. Bacopa Monnieri has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. However, people in the West have been slow to latch on to its merits. Not only may such compounds help us at work, but they also have downstream effects on health by helping us make better decisions. To get a sense of what most people can expect when they take this herb, scientists collected the results of studies in which adults took Bacopa Monnieri or a placebo for at least 12 weeks. Nine studies were included, and Bacopa Monnieri consistently reduced reaction time and the speed at which people connect items in a trail (they were asked to complete the task as quickly as possible). Bacopa Monnieri appeared to most positively affect performance in delayed word recall tests, which measure a specific type of verbal memory.

Choline (as alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine or GPC)

“Heart-healthy” diets that restrict sources of cholesterol and saturated fats may not be so healthy for the brain. Choline is found in beef and chicken liver, egg yolk, soybeans, beef, milk, and peanuts. Those with allergies, strict vegetarians, endurance athletes, people who drink a lot of alcohol, and those who follow low-fat/low-cholesterol diets may be at risk of choline deficiency. Choline is required by the brain to manufacture memory-related neurotransmitters and functional membrane lipids. In Europe, GPC is regulated as a prescription drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, where it is known under the generic name choline alphoscerate (alpha-glyceryl-phosphoryl-choline).  In the United States, GPC is available as a dietary supplement. GPC is believed to prevent and improve dementia and memory and learning loss because it increases plasma levels of choline and therefore increases the production of acetylcholine and phosphatidylcholine. The brain’s demand for choline and serine becomes even more critical with aging.

Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR)

Acetyl-L-carnitine has two main benefits, one being the ability to boost brainpower. ALCAR is an anti-aging nootropic or smart drug that helps your brain perform better. The acetyl group lets it pass your blood-brain barrier and reach your brain and nerves, where it can improve your mood, learning, and memory. Older men and women who took ALCAR daily saw a significant boost in their physical and mental energy levels and better overall cognitive ability. People with low carnitine levels see a major decrease in brain function. whereas taking ALCAR improves that brain function. A lot. In a recent study, 8 out of 14 participants reversed a diagnosis of dementia and returned to their full cognitive abilities after taking ALCAR daily. Supplements containing bacopa, choline, and acetyl-carnitine can help improve memory, focus, and attention without the side effects of prescription drugs. Be sure to talk to your holistic doctor about supplements that benefit the brain at your next visit.

About Author

Elded B. Taylor, M.D.

Elded B. Taylor, M.D.

Eldred Taylor, M.D. is a well-known, dynamic speaker and expert on Holistic Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Taylor is the President of the American Functional Medicine Association, a national non-profit organization, which educates healthcare providers and the public on functional (holistic) medicine. Dr. Taylor is a pioneer of bio-identical hormone replacement and has over twenty years of experience in this field. Dr. Taylor has traveled the world educating thousands of doctors and pharmacist on how to treat patients with bio-identical hormone replacement. As a hormone expert, Dr. Taylor has also been featured on many television, radio, and podcast shows. Dr. Taylor has helped thousands of patients with bio-identical hormone replacement. Dr. Eldred Taylor has practiced holistic and functional medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Eldred Taylor provides cutting-edge hormone replacement for men and women. Dr. Taylor specializes in salivary hormone testing which is much more accurate than blood testing in diagnosing hormone disorders. Dr. Taylor specializes in hormone pellets for the treatment of hormone deficiencies which affects men and women as they age but can occur at any age.

Dr. Eldred Taylor is the co-author with his wife, Ava Bell-Taylor, M.D, of two must-read books, Are Your Hormone Making You Sick? and The Stress Connection, and also a sought-after radio and television personality who has been featured in local and national publications.

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