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nervous system that supports memory, learning/focus, alert- ness, and fl uid thinking, and (3) providing antioxidant pro- tection that boosts cerebral blood circulation, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and nerve growth factor (NGF). As neurotrophic factors (NFs); NGF and BDNF are critical to the function, growth, proliferation, repair, and plasticity (essential for learning and memory) of neurons, the basic working units of the brain that transmit information to nerve, muscle, or gland cells. Studies indicate that combining ALC with other nutrients that support the powerhouses of cells (mitochondria), such as alpha-lipoic acid and coenzyme Q10, appears even more effective in reducing cognitive and oxidative mitochondrial dysfunction.

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2. Alpha-GPC (α-Glycerophosphocholine)(AGPC): Generally derived from soy or other plants, this chemical increases ACh in the brain. In Europe, it is a prescribed medication for Alzheimer’s disease. In one early clinical trial of over 2000 stroke and TIA patients, researchers confi rmed that the ad- ministration of AGPC (1000 mg/day intramuscular injection for 28 days followed by an oral dose of 400 mg, 3x/day for the following 5 months) has a highly tolerable, therapeutic role in the cognitive recovery of such patients. Preliminary, limited studies and testimonials indicate that AGPC can protect the brain against loss of memory and attention in non-Alzheimer’s patients.

3. Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera). In Ayurvedic medicine, this adaptogenic herb (helps the body cope with stress) is a well-established anxiolytic, cortisol suppressor, and memory enhancer. Both lab and a few human clinical studies have shown that ashwagandha supports brain health by: (1) boost- ing memory, focus, reaction time, and the ability to perform tasks; (2) helping regenerate the information carrying com- ponents of brain nerve cells, thus promoting brain cell com- munication; (3) inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down ACh; and (4) protecting nerve cells from free radicals.

4. Bacopa Monnieri. Bacopa is another adaptogenic herb that Ayurvedic practitioners have for centuries used to improve cognitive function and reduce anxiety. Based on test-tube, animal, and preliminary human studies, it is thought that bacopa’s active components, called bacosides, are respon- sible for its potential to improve memory and cognition, and inhibit infl ammation and lipid peroxidation (free radical degradation of fats) in the brain and central nervous system. In two studies of healthy human adults researchers deter- mined that, compared to placebo, a daily dose of bacopa (300mg or 600mg) improved memory, attention, learning rate, and the ability and speed of processing information.

5. Carotenoids (Lutein and Zeaxanthin). Scientifi c research has proven that lutein and zeaxanthin increase brain function by: (1) improving neuron integrity and communication; (2) enhancing memory retention; (3) increasing brain blood fl ow; and (4) improving the processing of visual signals. In a 2017 study of young, healthy adults, researchers determined that administering 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin signifi - cantly improved visual spatial memory, reasoning ability, and complex attention (indicating accelerated brain processing).

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