Welcome to Unboxed: Supplements, where Delicious Living's supplement guru Todd Runestad reviews the latest supplement products to have graced his desk.
In this edition, Runestad examines brain health supplements. More than mere memory enhancers, cognitive health products are broadening in scope to address all the lifestyle problems that are in your head—stress, sleep, vitality, balance in mood and mind. Here’s a dozen supplements that can reorient your shelf sets.
This classic TCM centuries-old herbal formula, Xiao Yao Wan, is commonly referred to as Free & Easy Wanderer. It’s supposed to help naturally adapt to stress with a calming combination of herbs.
This TCM botanical formula is designed to help relax your body and mind and encourage a good night’s rest.
Melatonin is the mother of all sleep supplements. The hormone helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, which is vital for a healthy sleep pattern. Carlson brings its SKU to the market in a gummy format.
The omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are essential for the brain—DHA is a major fat comprising the brain itself. These squeeze shots have a whopping 2,400 mg of omegas in a tasty coconut flavor.
There are five ways this 90-calorie sleep protein helps bring about sleep and maintain the zzzz’s. Eight grams of plant protein and a balance of carbs and fiber helps support metabolism. And 500 mg of tryptophan helps with the snoozies. Tart cherry is a naturally occurring support system for melatonin. B vitamins support serotonin synthesis. And calcium and magnesium support relaxation and sleep all night long.
This full-spectrum hemp extract gives balance, which is vital because sometimes it’s just about feeling good for a day. When you achieve balance in your day, you have energy that can help with stress, sleep quality and a sense of clarity and focus. The combination formula has hemp, but then also ashwagandha for stress. Fused together, and you have serenity in a capsule!
This formulation has a solid dose of high-quality methylcobalamin B12, more than a gram of fish oil and our favorite adaptogen, KSM-66, which has a slew of studies showing efficacy for stress, performance and mental clarity. It’s got the 24/6 ginkgo, which is the traditional brain-health go-to botanical, and then black pepper extract to boost bioavailability of nutrients, which will be needed because of window dressing quantities of carnitine, PS, ginseng, rhodiola and huperzine-A.
This one's based on the Theracurmin brand of curcumin with a blend of a number of nutrients. Bacopa is used in Ayurvedic medicine for memory-related issues; clinicals show the herb restricts beta-amyloid plaque. Celery seed extract may be unexpected, but it was shown to enhance memory recall in a 2014 study. Resveratrol, the fountain of youth red wine molecule, has been shown in animal studies to stimulate the hippocampus, which stores and manages memory.
This mental clarity formula is powered by mushrooms—lion’s mane, reishi, poria and chage, all organic, as a tonic for your noggin.
Three adaptogenic herbs combine with the Zembrin brand of sceletium, which has been shown in human studies to make happy people…happier. A little bit of L-theanine helps you feel relaxed without feeling drowsy.
Stress management and mood improvement are at hand with this bottle of Serenelle now. It’s got lemon balm, ashwagandha, L-theanine and GABA.
This formula is based on a 1983 study in New York City schools that gave a million school kids more nutritious foods that contributed to one of the largest gains in standardized test scores in U.S. history. It’s kind of a multivitamin and mineral, with additional enzymes and a food concentrate blend. Bonus: It comes in wafers for easy consumption.
Unboxed supplements: 12 brain health #supplements for more than memory from @deliciousliving #brainhealth
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