B vitamins are necessary for various bodily functions and help promote proper brain function by producing energy in cells, maintaining healthy red blood cells and nervous tissue, and metabolizing long-chain fatty acids. Recent research shows that supplementing with B vitamins can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and protect against age-related brain volume loss and dementia. Recommended dose: 50 mg per day
Bacopa monnieri This Ayurvedic herb’s traditional uses include supporting mental clarity. It works as an antioxidant to suppress oxidative stress to nerve cells, and research shows it may help prevent memory loss and alleviate stress. Recommended dose: 100–300 mg of a 20 percent extract
Used to dilate blood vessels and reduce the stickiness of blood platelets, ginkgo helps improve blood circulation to the brain, enhancing memory and boosting cognitive function. Its free-radical fighting antioxidants help prevent cognitive damage. Recommended dose: 120 mg daily in two or three doses. If dementia or Alzheimer’s is present, 240 mg daily in two or three divided doses may be necessary.
An essential mineral found in dark green vegetables, seeds, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, magnesium helps support healthy nerve and enzyme function to assist with focus. Recommended dose: 150–200 mg a day