As people age, memory and cognition naturally declines. Lack of sufficient mental activity, which often occurs when people start retirement and switch from being engaged at work to less challenging environments, has often led to anxiety, boredom, loneliness and a decline in mental function. For some people, there are inherited genetic conditions that become apparent as they age. For others, lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, alcohol use and stress can all impact brain function from memory to cognition. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are common among senior citizens today.
There are several memory and cognitive support supplements available today that can assist with this. Be careful in your selection and read the labels to ensure you are using the right products for you. Consult with your healthcare practitioner for the right supplements for you.
Here are some of the best ingredients to look for in memory and cognitive support supplements. They are fish oils, vitamin E, resveratrol, caffeine, phosphatidylserine, acetyl-l-carnitine, ginkgo Biloba, creatine, bacon monnieri, Rhodiola Rosea, Huperzine A, s-adenosyl methionine and Asian (or Panax) ginseng. Of these ingredients, ginkgo Biloba has been shown to reduce dementia associated with blood flow.
Any supplement should be taken at the right dosage. Avoid overdosing. Some supplements should be taken with food. A Mediterranean diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, and nuts, with moderate amounts of dairy, fish, and poultry, and has little red meat, has been known to help in lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.