Super-Nutrients to Fine-Tune Your Mind

By David Blyweiss, M.D.

June 11, 2014

  • Are “senior moments” plaguing your brain?
  • Kick your mental energy into overdrive
  • Easiest way to improve short-term memory, concentration and alertness

In Monday’s issue of Advanced Natural Wellness you learned about certain foods that are a driving force when it comes to aging your brain. I also shared the best way to stop these brain-ravaging events in their tracks.

Today I’m going to start off with some nutrients that can help stop brain fog, improve concentration and put an end to those “senior moments” that might be plaguing you.

If you’re anything like my patients, I’ll bet you’ve experienced a few of these events over the years. It’s not uncommon.

For example, just a few weeks ago, one of my most energetic patients found herself right in the middle of an unexpected mental hiccup. And it gave her quite a scare.

She’s a retiree in need of a part-time job to supplement her income. So, for the first time in about 10 years, she went on a job interview. But it didn’t go exactly as planned. They didn’t just interview her. They also gave her an on-the-spot assignment.

“The assignment was so simple,” she told me. “It’s something I know like the back of my own hand. But my mind suddenly stopped working. The solution was right at the top of my brain and I just couldn’t access it! Of course, the minute I walked out the door, it suddenly busted through. But, by then, it was too late.”

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Worse yet, she had tossed her keys onto the spare chair in her interviewer’s office with her pocketbook when she first walked in. Then she forgot to take the keys with her when she was taken to another room for the test.

“It took us almost 15 minutes to find them. I knew right then and there that I wasn’t going to get the job.”

Well, if you’ve ever experienced one of these “memory blips,” I have some great news for you.

Certain nutrients fuel your brain to help keep your mind active, alert and on-task. They can enhance your memory, help you concentrate and keep your brain stimulated. They can also help you avoid embarrassing mental hiccups like the one my patient recently experienced.

So, let’s break through the brain fog and absent-mindedness and get down to business…

Improve your short-term memory. CDP-choline, also known as citocoline, helps improve energy metabolism in the brain and boosts short-term memory. It works by increasing levels of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This is a chemical messenger that sends signals between neurons. It’s also essential for storing and recalling memories.

When you take 100 mg. daily, it can help improve verbal memory and be effective in treating age-related mental decline.

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Increase your attention span and ability to concentrate. We’ve all done things that don’t make sense. Walked into a room and then forgot why. Or, how about “losing” a pair of sunglasses that are sitting right on top of your head?

One of the brain nutrients that decline as we age is DMAE, or dimethylaminoethanol. This is a naturally occurring nutrient found in many types of fish.

Like CDP-choline, taking 50 mg. of DMAE each day appears to boost acetylcholine. It also has a proven ability to improve concentration and abolish morning fogginess. Better yet, it doesn’t cause the jitteriness associated with such stimulants as caffeine.

Enjoy bursts of new mental energy and confidence. Vinpocetine is a powerful cerebral vasodilator that helps improve blood flow to the brain and reduce the loss of neurons. It’s sold with a prescription in Asia and Europe. But you don’t need a prescription here in the U.S.

In people who have memory problems or impairment associated with poor brain circulation, vinpocetine can help. It improves memory, attention and concentration. Patients who use vinpocetine regularly report increased mental alertness and a surge of new energy and vitality. I suggest 10 mg. every day.

I have one more super-nutrient for your brain. And, it may be the most powerful of all…

Boost your memory and stimulate your brain. You might not have heard about Bacopa, or “Brahmi,” as it’s often called. But it might just turn out to be the most potent memory-boosting, mind-enhancing herb ever discovered.

People who take Bacopa extract have great results. It improves working memory, information processing, verbal learning and recall.

How does it work?

Scientists believe Bacopa’s secret is something known as saponins. Saponins work by enhancing nerve impulse transmission and repairing damaged neurons.

And, here’s even more promising news. Saponins may help reduce the beta-amyloid protein deposits that slow down thinking and memory.

Bacopa might also be one of the reasons why age-related dementia appears to be virtually non-existent in India. Over there, it afflicts less than 1% of the population over age 65.

If we compare that to rates in the U.S., the difference is staggering. The World Health Organization reports that Americans over age 65 are up to 600% more likely to develop severe cognitive problems than older Indians. It only takes about 20 mg. daily to produce brain-healthy benefits.

These simple, all-natural nutrients can restore mental focus, concentration and memory. So you can keep your mind sharp, alert and operating at full-speed for the rest of your life.

To really kick up your brainpower, stay tuned for Monday’s issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, where I’ll tell you about a few more powerful punches you can throw to fight off brain aging.

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