Brain food - How the mind responds to diet

For many of us, the thought of vitamins is something we connect with receiving a physical boost as we seek to get in shape or improve our physical condition. The truth is, mineral and vitamin deficiencies frequently play a role in exacerbating both psychiatric problems and cognitive / brain health. This is where supplements come in. A few simple dietary changes to boost nutrition can provide long-term benefits. Those include everything from promoting mental clarity to fighting fatigue, improving focus and even reducing anxiety.

Here’s a closer look at our favorite trio of vitamins for a cognitive boost and a closer look at how they affect brain health:

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo works as an antioxidant, improving blood flow to the brain. It can be supplemented for cognitive enhancement and has been linked to improved memory. Ginkgo biloba is an ancient plant extract from traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used medicinally to heal various health ailments for thousands of years. 


Similar to Ginkgo in that it also improves blood flow to the brain, vinpocetine is commonly used for enhancing memory. A compound from the Periwinkle plant, it is a favorite cognitive protective agent and has a history of being used throughout the world to treat senile dementia. 

Hyperzine A

Known for its use in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, Hyperzine A is popular for memory and learning enhancement as well as age-related memory improvement. Like vinpocetine, it is found in small amounts in the seeds of the Periwinkle as well as other plants. It is also used around the world to treat senile dementia.

It’s almost impossible to get all of the nutrients we need from diet alone these days. Especially enough to compensate for things like stress, anxiety, caffeine, alcohol or a poor diet. The right brain health supplements and vitamins can make a big difference when it comes to staying in top form and protecting yourself from future mental decline.

Have you tried any of these vitamins or others designed to help provide you with a cognitive boost? What was your experience? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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