Natural Supplements To Boost Your Memory, Concentration And Mood
Natural supplements are being studied for their anti-inflammatory effects. These ones will help with memory, concentration and mood. But first, what can you do too?
Cruising the streets in a nightie and blue rinse doesn’t have to be your endgame. “Cognitive health refers to maintaining and optimising mental functions – things like memory and concentration, as well as mood,” explains Professor Andrew Scholey, a researcher in human psychopharmacology. Professor Con Stough, a cognitive neuroscientist, adds, “The ‘use it or lose it’ rule is worth remembering here.” Read: the work you put into keeping your abs in shape also applies to your brain.
Crosswords or reading are equivalents of sit-ups, but instead of a six-pack, you’re forming strong connections between cells that transmit thoughts. “No matter what your age, mental exercise has a positive effect on your brain,” says Dr Daniel Amen, author of Making a Good Brain Great. So treat your brain to a lil’ regular exercise and stimulation.
Natural supps to consider
There’s progress being made on the drugs front too: natural supps are being studied for their anti-inflammatory effects. “Our research is suggesting that a range of nutritional supplements may improve cognition,” says Stough, who leads the study at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
Before bulk ordering, get your lifestyle under control (exercise, good diet, staying social), advises Stough. Think young; live long.