Are there any supplements that really help with brain function?
Can We improve our memory and cognition?
Some supplements may provide mild benefit with memory and cognition for some people:
These are certain B vitamins, curcumin, cocoa flavanols, fish oil (from turmeric), vinpocetine, and acetyl-L-carnitine. may improve statin drug side-effects, including memory loss. However, some proprietary formulas containing some of these ingredients, such as Procera AVH, promise more of a benefit than the clinical evidence suggests.
Some forms of choline could help to improve short-term memory and attention in senior adults and improve cognition in persons with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, however other forms of choline are found not to have any benefit.
The iron supplementation may improve learning and memory for individuals who are lacking in Iron.
Although green tea has been advertised for improving brain function, this effect is not well established. Som other supplements advertised for brain function, such as Gingko Biloba and vitamin E have, by and large, not been found to be helpful.
Be aware that the FDA has specifically advised consumers to avoid supplements promoted to prevent or treat traumatic brain injuries.
You can read more about the potential memory and cognition benefits of these supplements by using the links above. Also, see ConsumerLab.com’s Encyclopedia article about Enhancing Memory and Mental Function.