Obviously a good diet alone is not a solution for mental problems any more than a bad diet is the sole cause. Serious diseases require expert medical treatment but if you’re looking to simply improve or support brain function, nutrition and supplementation is a good start. There’s been much research on dietary supplements improving cognitive function. Certain ones are quite helpful. Here are a few.
Phosphatidylserine – This naturally occurring molecule, known as a phospholipid, is important for the integrity and maintenance of the brain cell membranes. Because it is depleted by stress hormones like cortisol, it is often Noocube before and after results deficient in people with chronic stress.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) – Nerve and brain cells in particular need large quantities of PC for repair and maintenance. PC also aids in the metabolism of fats, regulates blood cholesterol, and nourishes the fat-like sheaths of nerve fibers. PC is a major source of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is used by the brain in areas that are involved in long-term planning, concentration and focus. Acetylcholine controls the rate of stimuli entering the brain, motor activity, learning and memory, stimuli input during sleep, sex, and other functions. It is the most active ingredient found in soy lecithin.
Fish oil – The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil are very helpful in reducing inflammation in the brain which many scientists believe increases vulnerability to Alzheimer’s. Interestingly, the National Institutes of Health has begun to study omega-3 oils and their effect on cognitive function, though no conclusive findings are yet available. At least one pharmaceutical company has already patented it’s fish oil formula and is heavily marketing it to physicians and having it sold as a prescription item, at considerable cost, I might add. Purchasing the product from a good health food store will be less expensive. Make sure you buy a quality product that’s been properly purified of toxins such as mercury. A product from smaller fish like anchovies and sardines is a good way to go.
Turmeric/Curcumin – This spice is a significant anti-inflammatory and therefore thought to be helpful to all brain function. Take in supplement form or simply use the spice when cooking as much as possible.
L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha-GPC) – Naturally present in all cells, this molecule can also be taken as a supplement. It is a pro-phospholipid, used by the body to build cell membranes. Numerous studies have shown that, used as a supplement, it benefits attention, mental focus, recall and other higher mental functions.
With respect to the popular herb, ginkgo biloba, a recent study showed that patients taking gingko performed no differently on standard memory tests than a matched group of patients taking donepezil, a common medication for Alzheimer’s.