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8 Nutrients for the Aging Brain
Swanson staff • March 11, 2024

8 Nutrients to Support a Healthy Brain

Here at Swanson Health Products, supporting our customers' overall health, both in the short- and long-term, is central to everything we do. To that end, it's important to consider how we can embrace healthy aging, none more so than when it comes to our brains.

As we all mature, levels of certain hormones and other vital chemicals in our body naturally begin to decline. When this happens, supplements that support memory and cognitive function can help us to stay active and function at our best.

Here is a list our experts have compiled of some of the best nutrients to support a healthy aging brain over time:

Best Nutrients for the Aging Brain

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.1

2Alpha Lipoic Acid

This is a potent antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals, especially during times of stress. Alpha lipoic acid can pass easily into the brain, making it especially useful for supporting cognitive health.2 It also plays an important role in healthy nerve function, muscle comfort and cell rejuvenation. Alpha lipoic acid can be found in red meat, organ meats and brewer’s yeast.

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.3

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.4

Melatonin is well known as a sleep support hormone,5 but the benefits go way beyond that! Supplementing melatonin can also support cognitive and memory function. Adequate melatonin levels have been tied to healthy cognition and stress management since lack of quality sleep can impact your cognitive health, cortisol levels, metabolism and much more.

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.6 Try it in our award-winning Plant Based Omega-3 supplement.

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.7

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

The Takeaway

As our brains age over time it becomes increasingly important to make sure they have all the nutrients necessary to operate at peak performance. Consider adding any of these powerful nutrient supplements to your health regimen to help ensure vibrant cognitive health over the long-term.

You be well, now,


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


1. The Effects of Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Read source

2. Alpha Lipoic Acid. Mt. Sinai. Read source

3. DHEA. Mayo Clinic. Read source

4. The Role of L-Carnitine. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Read source

5. Melatonin. Mayo Clinic. Read source

6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Your Health. Arthritis Foundation. Read source

7. Phosphatidylserine. Cleveland Clinic. Read source

8. B Vitamins. National Library of Medicine. Read source