Brain power: Aid your brain with these powerful supplements

  • Dr Anjali Mujerjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 14:17 IST

The human brain is responsive to what we eat and, hence, it has an enormous influence over how our brain functions. Missing nutrients, environmental toxins, day-to-day stress, stimulants like alcohol and tobacco affect our health.

You may have noticed that some people who normally handle a stressful situation with ease, begin to overreact to a similar situation when they get old. You may feel that such behaviour is part of your personality, whereas in reality, it may be due to lack of certain nutrients.

Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are responsible for the transfer of information to your brain. So, if there is a problem with the functioning of the neurotransmitters, the information cannot be transferred to your brain.

Key Vitamins
Vitamin B6 helps in the making of neurotransmitters, which boosts brain function. About 2 mg per day is sufficient to keep the brain in good condition. Vitamin B6, when taken along with other B-vitamins like B-complex supplement and vitamin C, has been proved to be beneficial in improving mood and maintaining stress levels.

Vitamin B12 deficiency affects the memory. It also causes disorientation, burning of the feet and problems in the nervous system. It is found in foods such as milk, chicken, fish and eggs. If you are a vegetarian, then you should eat dairy products like curd, cheese and milk.

Even a mild deficiency of vitamin-B like thiamine, riboflavin and niacin impacts the memory. To avoid this, B-complex helps.

Lecithin and choline play an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system. Lecithin prevents the formation of gallstones. It also helps improve memory and protects the brain against damage due to stress. It provides choline, which is a non B-vitamin used in the making of acetyl choline that is an important neurotransmitter.

Two tablespoons of lecithin per day is recommended to boost memory. It is available naturally in egg yolks, nuts like almonds, sesame seeds, soyabeans and whole wheat items.

While these supplements help your brain to think and function better, they have to be used in addition to a healthy eating pattern. Exercising regularly helps to increase circulation to the brain. Above all, leading a peaceful life is crucial for longevity, inner peace and good mental health.

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