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8 Nutrients for the Aging Brain

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If you’re a Swanson Health Products fan, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about your health, whether in the short term or far in the future.

As you mature, levels of certain hormones and other vital chemicals in your body naturally begin to decline. When this happens, supplements that support memory and cognitive function can keep you feeling young.

1Alpha-GPC
Also known as L-Alpha glycerylphosphorylcholine, this is a choline compound naturally found in the brain. Alpha-GPC supports cognitive function and mood. It’s also popular for promoting mental alertness and memory.

2Alpha Lipoic Acid
This is a potent antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals, especially during times of stress. Lipoic acid can pass easily into the brain, making it especially useful for supporting cognitive health. Alpha lipoic acid can be found in red meat, organ meats and brewer’s yeast.

3DHEA
DHEA is a hormone naturally produced in the adrenal glands. Levels in the body can start to drop as we age, so many people choose to supplement with it. DHEA has a wide range of potential benefits, including cognitive support, bone support and libido support.

4Acetyl L-Carnitine
This amino acid is especially useful for promoting memory. Acetyl L-carnitine protects the mitochondria,  which helps support brain health. This supplement can also support energy levels.

5Melatonin
Melatonin is well known as a sleep support hormone, but the benefits go way beyond that! Supplementing melatonin can also support cognitive and memory function.

6Omega-3s
No matter your age, omega-3s are incredibly important for nourishing your brain. Omega-3 fatty acids are part of the structures of brain membrane that support brain health. Supplementing your omega-3 intake can promote memory, mood and mental performance. As a bonus, omega-3s also benefit cardiovascular health and joint function.

7Phosphatidylserine
Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a component of cell membranes found primarily in brain tissue. It supports mental nourishment and brain health by helping to maintain cell integrity as you mature.

8B Vitamins
Meat is the best food source of B vitamins, so it’s very important for non-carnivores to supplement them. B vitamins are important for a wide range of functions, including heart health, metabolism and cognitive function. Actually, B vitamins are often called “energy vitamins!”

Obviously, you don’t need to take all of these supplements to support cognitive function. This list should simply help guide you in making a decision when picking a supplement. As always, talk to your doctor before adding new supplements to your regimen.

Sources:
●    Mayoclinic.org
●    Examine.com

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