Whether you want to improve your memory, your attention span or some other aspect of your brain power, there are a number of herbs that can help. Here’s a look at 5 with proven benefits in the area of brain function.
Ginkgo Biloba contains some unique antioxidants and has been shown in numerous studies to improve memory and alertness. There is some evidence that the herb may help prevent age-related cognitive decline. It may also be beneficial in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, although the evidence concerning Alzheimer’s benefit is mixed.
It is known that antioxidants of all kinds help to protect the brain cells from damage. Other compounds found in this plant are known to improve signal transmission in neurons. All of this means that gingko biloba belongs on a list of herbs for the brain.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea is often promoted as a heart health supplement but there are benefits for the brain as well. Herbs that promote healthy circulation increase blood flow to the brain. The better the blood flow, the more nutrients that reach the brain’s cells. Green tea extract improves alertness and enhances one’s ability to focus, as well as improving blood flow to the brain.
Bilberry is another of the brain herbs that is good for circulatory health in general. It has also been shown to improve the blood supply to the central nervous system specifically.
The antioxidants in bilberry strengthen tiny blood vessels that carry nutrients to the eyes and to all of the nerves of the body. The flavonoids have been shown to decrease blood vessel leakiness, which makes it beneficial for varicose veins, as well as the brain.
Periwinkle or “Vinca minor” contains a compound called Vinpocetine which has been shown to have numerous benefits for brain health and function. Supplements containing the ingredient are useful for improving memory. They may be helpful for Alzheimer’s, age-related cognitive decline and dementia.
Vinpocetine has effects that protect the neurons from damage and also stimulate circulation. In addition to the benefits for the brain, periwinkle extract may also be helpful for tinnitus, vision problems, vertigo and incontinence.
Fir Moss Extract
The active component of the fir moss plant is called Huperzine A. It is a plant alkaloid that has been shown to improve cognitive performance in Alzheimer’s patients and enhance memory in young students. So, it is an herb for brain health that is good for young and old alike. You will find it as a standalone herbal remedy and also as an ingredient in some specialty supplements.
So there you have five of the best herbal extracts for your brain. Try to find a supplement that contains one or more of these powerful herbs and see how they can boost your mental ability.