Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, and doing plenty of brain-boosting crossword puzzles—but still can’t remember where you put your darn keys? You might benefit from these supplements to improve your memory. We can’t guarantee that they’ll help you find those keys, but they will support your brain health.
1. Green tea/EGCG
Building on a study that found that drinking green tea enhanced the memory and attention
of participants with mild cognitive impairments, a 2014 study showed that green tea extract increased connectivity between two areas of the brain, which improved subjects’ ability to complete working memory tasks.
New research has determined that the green tea compound known as EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) interferes with the formation of toxic assemblies (oligomers) in the brain, one of the prime suspects in the early stages of cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients.
2. Greens powders
Antioxidant-packed blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries have been shown to improve brain function in animals. Eating folate- and antioxidant-rich green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli is also thought to slow the decline of brain function. Fruit and vegetable extracts of these powerful foods in greens powders are designed to be added to water or juice to boost our antioxidant protection.
This powerfully anti-inflammatory compound found in turmeric, the spice that gives Indian curries their color and flavor, has shown promise in reducing memory loss. In a recently published double-blind placebo-controlled study, a curcumin supplement improved memory and mood in people with mild age-related memory loss.
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is the main omega-3 essential fatty acid found in the brain. It’s potently anti-inflammatory and can be found in fish oil and algal oil supplements. A study in mice with Alzheimer’s showed that DHA slowed the buildup of brain cell-damaging substances, and some human studies show possible benefits.
5. Vitamin B12
A significant percentage of people over age 50 are unable to absorb B12 from food and are at risk of developing B12 deficiency. A deficiency in B12 can present as problems concentrating, mood swings, confusion, and even full-blown dementia; it can be prevented and reversed by supplementing with B12.