Supplements for Attention & Focus
Gotu Kola -- probably one of the best known herbs for brain health, it is frequently used to revitalize the brain and nervous system, as well as increase the attention span and ability to concentrate.
Vinpocetine -- an extract from the periwinkle plant. A vasodilator, it increases oxygen flow to the outer cortex of the brain and improves cerebral metabolism. As such, it improves mental acuity, awareness, cognitive function, and memory retention.
PQQ (pyrroloquinoline quinine) -- not so well known, it activates cell signaling pathways involved in cellular metabolism, development, functioning. It protects mitochondria from oxidative stress and promotes mitochondrial biogenesis in aging cells. It protects memory and cognition and decrease excitotoxicity.
Supplements for Memory Retention & Recall
Ashwagandha -- a traditional Ayurvedic herb, it has rejuvinating properties. Ashwagandha improves learning, memory, and reaction time. It also combats the effects of stress, reduces anxiety and depression, as well as reduces brain cell degeneration.
Bacopa -- improves memory retention and recall, reduces anxiety and helps with faster information processing.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) -- improves alterness and focus. DMAE is beneficial for memory and mental acuity. May also enhance mood and vision.
Gingko -- another really well known herb for the brain; it improves circulation to the brain, increases N-Acetyl Choline, is a cerebral antioxidant, and helps build energy. It enhances cognitive functions, concentration, and memory. Gingko also has some efficacy in treating dementia. Our staff pick is Planetary Herbals Bacopa-Gingko.
Huperzine A -- derived from Chinese club moss, it improves cognitive function, improves memory, and enhances learning. It has some efficacy in treating dementia and age-related memory impairment.
Phosphatidyl Serine -- a phospholipid, it improves memory and recall. It aids in learning, information retention, and enhances cognitive function. Deficiencies are linked to depression, dementia, and ADD.
Supplements for Stress Management
Work, relationships, school; Burning the candle at both ends and then some; Keeping up with all of the demands we put upon ourselves: Life can be taxing and take its toll on our bodies and minds.
Stress is a major factor not only when it comes to our ability to learn and process information, but also with regards to our perceptions of our selves and our overall health. As such, it's important to nourish and protect ourselves from its ravages.
Milky Oat Seed -- restorative nervous system tonic for all types of nervous debility; great for nervous exhaustion, irritability, and combating the effects of stress.
Eleuthrococcus (aka Siberian Ginseng) -- adaptogen that enhances one's ability to cope with increases levels of stress and strain. Increases vitality particularly in cases where adrenal or thyroid glad function is being compromised by overactivity and lack of opportunity to rest and relax. Staff pick for support is MegaFood's Un-Stress.
Rhodiola -- combats the effects of stress and oxygen deprivation such as brain fog and fatigue. Enhances capacity for mental work, improves thyroid function, expands endurance, and helps with poor memory and lack of concentration. Staff picks are New Chapter's Stress Take Care and Planetary Herbals Rhodiola.