We’re distracted more than ever nowadays. Between our phones, social media, and work emails, our attention is being pulled in countless different directions. And if that wasn’t enough, many of us are dealing with brain fog, forgetfulness, and just feeling not quite as sharp as we used to. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not the only one.
Many people are dealing with cognitive issues, which is why so many products are being sold to help boost brain function. We see supplements all over the internet and drug stores that claim to increase cognition and memory, but do they work? We’ll give you the facts to help you focus.
Here’s a list of supplements that have been scientifically shown to improve brain health and focus.
- DHA and Fish Oil
It’s well known that DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is crucial for a baby’s brain development. While it’s an important component for the developing brain, it’s also just as essential for the adult brain. Fish oil is made up of DHA and EPA omega-3s, and supplementation has shown significant benefits for brain health. Research has linked DHA more specifically to improving neurological health (1).
Ginkgo leaf is from one of the oldest living trees and is often seen in supplements for memory disorders because it has been shown to improve blood circulation to the brain. It contains antioxidants that protect from cellular damage and free radicals. However, research is questionable on whether or not ginkgo improves memory for healthy people who do not have a memory disorder (2).
Turmeric, a spice well known in Indian cuisine, is known for natural anti-inflammatory health benefits that protect against an array of conditions. The bioactive compound responsible for these benefits is called curcumin. The problem is that the type curcumin in turmeric is poorly absorbed and makes up only 3% by weight (4). There are now supplements on the market offering a more potent form of curcumin, and Persona offers one called Omega w/Biocurc which combines high quality omega-3s with a form of curcumin that’s 400x more absorbable than standard curcumin supplements. The blend of omega-3s with EPA, DHA, and Biocurc® creates a powerful brain-boosting supplement.
- Vitamin D
You may already know vitamin D helps with calcium absorption and improves overall bone health. However, deficiency in vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” has been shown to be linked to multiple mental disorders including depression and schizophrenia, so it’s no surprise it plays an important role in neurological development and protects the brain in general (6). There’s a difference in the types of vitamin D as well. Vitamin D2 is much less absorbable than D3 (7). Now, Persona offers both a vegan and non-vegan option of Vitamin D3. The vegan version is sourced from lichens instead of sheep’s wool.
Vitamins to Boost Your Brain and More
Whether you’re looking for supplements to support brain health or you have other concerns you’d like to address, Persona offers a better way to get better vitamins. The best part is that we have options. You can take our free 3 to 5-minute assessment to get personalized vitamin recommendations based on your unique needs. If you already know what you need or would like to see popular options, try our convenient Essential pre-packs. Let us know if you have any questions. Our nutritionists are here for you.