Choosing the Right Brain Supplements
All people experience memory lapses and poor concentration every now and then. This is often because of such factors as hectic schedules, lifestyle, aging, and so on and so forth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to enhance your memory and focus.
The market is crawling with brain supplements these days, though not all are created equal. Below are guidelines to help you make smart choices:
See your doctor.
This is very important, especially if you’re already taking certain medications for certain diseases or medical conditions. Whether or not it’s safe for you to take brain supplements will be decided on by your doctor. Additionally, you can ask for professional advice about the best supplements you can take.
Don’t believe claims unless backed by proof.
When reading labels claiming the products enhance memory and IQ, make sure all claims are backed by proof. How? Check out their official website and search for information on clinical trials. If you don’t find any, move on to the next product.
Know the ingredients.
Unfortunately, majority of manufacturers do not list down their products’ ingredients on the labels, which is just unacceptable. As a consumer, you have to know what exactly you’re taking. Pretty simple.
These are the most typical ingredients you’ll find in brain supplements:
> Acetyl-l-Carnitine – an amino acid that boosts mental clarity, focus and alertness, and regulates mood
> Choline Alpha GPC – an essential nutrient that helps keep neurological disorders at bay
Omega 3 fatty acids – promotes general health and well-being.
> Huperzine A – derived from the traditional Chinese known as club moss, which is good for improving memory
Vitamin E – neutralizes Alzheimer’s, dementia and a host of other brain diseases
Vitamin B12 – prevents age-related brain volume loss
Asian ginseng – a memory and concentration booster also obtained from traditional Chinese medicine
> Bacopa monieri – an Aryuvedic medicine mainstay herb that has been used for over 300 years for learning, focus and memory enhancement
Other usual ingredients in brain supplements are curcumin, vinpocetine, resveratrol, Gingko biloba and Vitamin C.
Read reviews online.
It’s always wise to know what others are saying about a product before buying it. This is to avoid not just wasting money but putting your health in peril with potentially unsafe products. Pay special attention to money-back guarantee comments. You’ll probably get 60 to 90 days, which is usually good enough. But note that some consumers are actually complaining about not getting their money back at all. Watch out for comments like that when you check out a particular product. You can save a lot of headache in the future if you are diligent in your research.
The huge volume of products available nowadays gives you huge freedom when it comes to making a choice. However, it can also bring confusion and wrong decisions. Be smart.
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