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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.

Unfortunately, as you age, the levels of critical hormones and other vital chemicals in our body naturally begin to decline. When this happens, you can help stave off the effects of aging with supplements that support memory and cognitive function.

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 become a popular supplement of choice for promoting mental alertness and memory.

2Alpha Lipoic Acid
This is a potent antioxidant that helps to neutralize the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Lipoic acid can pass readily into the brain, making it especially useful for supporting cognitive health while aging. 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. However, as you age, levels can start to drop. 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 improved memory. Acetyl L-Carnitine helps protect mitochondria to fend off age-related neurological decline. This supplement can also support energy levels and boost testosterone levels. 

5Melatonin
Melatonin has been popularized as a sleep support hormone, but the benefits go way beyond that! Supplementing melatonin can provide anti-aging support, delaying the effects of age-related cognitive decline.

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 and are crucial for brain cell formation. Supplementing your omega-3 intake can promote memory, mood and mental performance well into old age. As a bonus, omega-3s also benefit cardiovascular health and joint function.

7Phosphatidylserine
Long name; clear results. Phosphatidylserine is a component of cell membrane found primarily in brain tissue. Studies have shown that it’s important for mental nourishment and brain health by helping to maintain cell integrity with age.

8B Vitamins
The best food source of B vitamins is meat, 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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