Memory Problem Nutrients and Herbs

Memory Problem Nutrients

The table below shows the Memory Problem Nutrients.

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Ginkgo biloba

As directed on label. Has been shown to enhance memory.
Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure. Memory Problem Nutrients.
Vitamin B complex 100 mg of each major B vitamin daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Needed for improved memory. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) may be necessary.
plus extra vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 50 mg 3 times daily. Helps in transformation of the amino acid choline to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50 mg 3 times daily. Needed for proper brain function.

Vitamin B3 (niacin)

As directed on label. To promote proper circulation to the brain and aid in brain function.
Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.
Acetylcholine As directed on label. Most important of the neurotransmitters. Maximizes mental ability and prevents memory loss in adults.
Boron

3-6 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Improves brain and memory function.
Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) As directed on label. Aids in learning and memory.
Note: This supplement is not intended for everyday use. It is best reserved for days when you need to be more focused and alert.
Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga) As directed on label. May be useful for treating physiological aging and agerelated memory deficits. Potent brain cell protector.

Huperzine A

As directed on label. Aid the effectiveness of acetylcholine in preventing memory loss.
or vinpocetine As directed on label.
Lecithin granules 1 tbsp 3 times daily, before meals. Needed for improved memory. Contains choline.
or capsules 1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
Manganese As directed on label. Take separately from calcium. Helps nourish the brain and nerves. Aids in the utilization of choline.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. All nutrients are necessary in balance. Use a high-potency formula.
with potassium 99 mg daily. Needed for proper electrolyte balance.
Omega-3 fatty acid complex As directed on label. Low levels have been associated with impaired brain function.
Phosphatidylcholine As directed on label. Improves memory.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. Known for its ability to eliminate free radicals.

Vitamin A

15,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Deficiencies of antioxidants expose the brain to oxidative damage.
plus carotenoid complex with beta-carotene 25,000 IU daily.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 3,000-10,000 mg daily. A powerful antioxidant that also improves circulation.
Vitamin E

200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day. Causes dilation of blood vessels, improving blood flow to the brain. Memory Problem Nutrients. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Zinc 50-80 mg daily. Do not exceed 100 mg daily from all supplements. Important in binding toxic substances and removing them from the brain. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
plus copper 3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc.
Acetyl-L-carnitine 500 mg twice daily. May enhance brain metabolism. Slows deterioration of memory and reduces the production of free radicals.
L-glutamine and L-phenylalanine plus L-aspartic acid As directed on label, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Amino acids necessary for normal brain function; serve as fuel for the brain and prevent excess ammonia from damaging the brain.
Caution: Do not take phenylalanine if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.

L-tyrosine

Up to 100 mg per kg of body weight daily. Take on an empty stomach with 1,000 mg vitamin C and 50 mg vitamin B6 for better absorption. Helps sharpen learning, memory, and awareness; elevates mood and motivation; aids in preventing depression.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are also taking an MAO inhibitor drug.
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg daily. Improves brain oxygenation.
plus Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Improves the effectiveness of coenzyme Q10.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA from Natrol) As directed on label. Take with vitamins C and E and selenium to prevent oxidative damage to the liver. May help to improve memory.

or 7-Keto DHEA

As directed on label. A metabolite of DHEA that has been found to be superior to DHEA in enhancing memory. Memory Problem Nutrients. Unlike DHEA, it is not converted into estrogen or testosterone in the body.
Diamond Mind from Diamond-Herpanacine Associates As directed on label. Combination supplements that can aid with memory-related functions.
or Bacopin & Ginkgo Complex from America’s Finest As directed on label.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) (Aangamik DMG from FoodScience of Vermont) As directed on label. Improves brain oxygenation.

Melatonin

2-3 mg daily, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime. A powerful antioxidant that may prevent memory loss.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) As directed on label. A coenzyme form of niacin that is essential for the production of certain neurotransmitters and energy. Natural levels decline with age. Supplemental NADH can improve energy production in the brain and nervous system.
Pregnenolone from TriMedica As directed on label. May improve brain function and enhance memory.
RNA and DNA As directed on label. Increases energy production for memory transfer in the brain.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you have gout.

Also read about Memory Problem Recommendations and Considerations

Herbs

❑ Brahmi, an Ayurvedic herb related to gotu kola, increases circulation in the brain and has been found to improve both short- and long-term memory.

❑ Garlic has been found to possess memory-enhancing properties.

❑ Ginkgo biloba has been attracting attention from researchers because of its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and central nervous system, thereby enhancing memory and brain function. Ginkgo is available in capsule or extract form at most health food stores. For memory enhancement, take capsules as directed on the product label, or place 6 drops of an alcohol-free extract under your tongue, hold them there for a few minutes, then swallow. Do this twice daily.
Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.

❑ Other herbs that are helpful for memory include anise, ginseng, gotu kola, and rosemary.
Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant or nursing.