I recently lost my car at the mall and had to ask the security guy to drive me around and find it. I was practically in tears after roaming around the parking lot for 20 minutes.
At the time, I honestly thought, “I’m losing my mind, how do I not remember this?!”
Later, when I had calmed down, I gave it some more thought.
Just like usual I had a hundred million thoughts running through my head that day. When I parked it was in a location where I don’t usually park and outside of a store I never go into.
And finally, to complicate things even more, I had been wrapped up in an important and intense conversation on the phone while I was parking.
Memory loss & brain issues can be frightening
In other words, nothing was getting my full attention and there were a number of things conspiring against my remembering where I parked that day.
But the incident sure did make me think about how memory loss—and brain injuries—could both have a really negative impact on your quality of life.
And to be honest, it was scary.
Maybe you’ve had a similar frightening incident. Or perhaps you’re battling with the side effects of a brain injury. Or it could be that you’re just concerned with keeping your memory in tip-top shape as you get older.
No matter what your motivation is, your brain needs to be properly ‘fed’ and ‘exercised’ to stay in good shape.
The good news is if you’re battling memory issues, brain fog, or mild issues related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) or Toxic Encephalopathy there are some supplements you can try that could help.
But, as always, keep in mind that everyone is different and I’m only offering suggestions here to help you keep your brain firing on all cylinders.
I can’t know for sure what’s safe for YOU or effective for your individual condition. So please speak to your neurologist before trying any of these brain supporting supplements:
5 supplements to support your brain
1. Fatty Acids:
Fat is an integral part of your brain, so fatty acids are first up on the list. One of the most important types of supplements you can take for your brain health (and more) is one that’s high in DHA, docosahexaenoic acid. You’ll find DHA in supplements labeled “DHA” as well as in salmon oil, fish oils, chia seed oil and krill oil.
2. Mullein Root:
A little harder to find than fatty acids Mullein Root has mild anti-spasmodic effect. Since it has an affinity for facial nerves, some holistic doctors suggest Mullein for Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia or other facial-nerve-pain syndromes that are associated with brain-injury.
3. Acetyl L carnitine:
This important nutrient is capable of repairing brain cells (neurons) and is known to help prevent age-related memory decline. It turns into acetylcholine in the brain which can help you with learning. Doctors often suggest it for stroke victims.
4. Ginkgo biloba:
Ginkgo sends blood up to your brain and it could help with both short and long-term memory. This well-known herb is believed to lend a hand when it comes to balancing the various catecholamine neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, adrenalin) as well as serotonin and cortisol levels! This means it could help revitalize a fading memory, reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
This potent herb is known to help with thyroid function over time by raising thyroid hormone levels but it can make you sleepy. Studies suggest that it’s a good choice if you have brain-injury related insomnia including TBI.
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