Memory Vitamins


People often ask us about memory vitamins and whether or not they should take a memory supplement.  There are a number of vitamins that may enhance or protect memory, so read on to find out what memory supplement might be right for you.


Memory Vitamins

Some important vitamins for memory include:

B Vitamins.  A B-complex is a good supplement to take.  There are several different B vitamins that are helpful for memory, including B6, B9 (folic acid), and B12.  You can look for these vitamins in separate supplements, but it’s easier just to take a B-complex that will include all of them as well as other B vitamins. 

B vitamins help the memory by creating a protective shield for the neurons in the brain.  They also break down an amino acid called homocysteine, which is toxic to nerve cells.  In addition, B vitamins are important for the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the brain.

In addition to taking a B-complex, you can increase your intake of B vitamins by eating more foods high in vitamin B, such as black beans, soybeans, dark leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, melons, and strawberries.

Antioxidants.  Antioxidant vitamins include vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene.  Antioxidants protect the brain tissues by breaking down free radicals.  Free radicals can damage the neurons in the brain.

A good multivitamin will contain these antioxidant vitamins, but you might want to take some other supplements as well in order to make sure you get enough.  You can also get antioxidants from certain foods, such as citrus fruits, berries, sweet potatoes, spinach, and green tea.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  This is not actually a vitamin, but a good nutrient for a memory supplement.  You won’t find it in most multivitamins; you’ll need to take a separate supplement.

While we often think of fats as being bad for us, there are actually some good kinds of fats.  Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats.  They protect the brain from inflammation and high cholesterol. 

You can find omega-3 fatty acids in foods like cold water fish, including tuna, mackerel, salmon, and herring; in walnuts; and in flaxseed and flaxseed oil.

Other Memory Supplement

In addition to memory vitamins, there are herbal supplements that some people take for memory.  One such herb that is very popular is ginkgo biloba.  Ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve the oxygen flow to the brain.  It has not been shown to necessarily improve memory, although it makes sense to assume that good oxygen flow to the brain would benefit the memory.

Other herbs useful for memory include bilberry, gotu kola, grape seed, hawthorn berry, passion flower, Siberian ginseng, milk thistle, and yucca root.

Choosing Memory Vitamins

You can choose to take all of these recommended vitamins and supplements, or just some of them.  You can take them all separately, or you can find memory supplements that contain many of these ingredients in one capsule.  If you’re going to take a supplement specifically designed to improve the memory, look for one that contains many of the above ingredients.  You can supplement it with other ingredients as necessary.

Recommended Product

We recommend Neuro Natural Recall from Xtend-Life for a memory supplement.  It contains a number of memory vitamins, amino acids, and herbal extracts designed to work together to improve and protect memory function.  In addition, Neuro-Natural Recall helps to improve mental awareness and concentration levels.

The Xtend-Life line of vitamins and supplements are made from the highest quality ingredients available, and are manufactured and tested with special processes designed to protect the quality of these ingredients and ensure a high-quality product.



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