What You Should Know About Supplements This Year

Choosing the Right Brain Supplements

All people experience memory lapses and poor concentration every now and then. This is often because of such factors as hectic schedules, lifestyle, aging, and so on and so forth. Fortunately, there’s a lot of things you can do to improve your memory and focus.

The market is crawling with brain supplements these days, though not all are created equal. Below are guidelines to help you make smart choices:

See your doctor.

This is extremely important, specifically if you’re under medication for some disease or medical condition. Your doctor will tell you whether taking brain supplements is going to be safe for you. In addition, you can ask for recommendations on the best supplements to take.

Forget claims not backed by evidence.

When you read labels saying the products boost IQ and improves memory, look for proof. How? Go to their official website and find information about clinical trials. If you don’t find any, move on to the next product.

Know the ingredients.

Unfortunately, majority of manufacturers do not list down their products’ ingredients on the labels, which is just unacceptable. As a consumer, you have to know what exactly you’re taking. It’s that simple.

Here are the most common ingredients found in brain supplements:

> Acetyl-l-Carnitine – an amino acid that boosts mental clarity, focus and alertness, and regulates mood

> Choline or Alpha GPC – an essential nutrient that plays a role in preventing neurological disorders
Omega 3 fatty acids – promotes general health and well-being.

> Huperzine A – derived from the traditional Chinese known as club moss, which is good for improving memory

Vitamin E – neutralizes Alzheimer’s, dementia and a host of other brain diseases

Vitamin B12 – protects brain volume against losses due to aging

Asian ginseng – another ingredient from traditional Chinese medicine known to boost concentration and memory

> Bacopa monieri – an herb used for 300 years in Aryuvedic medicine for improving focus, learning and memory

Other common ingredients of brain supplements include Gingko biloba, vinpocetine, Vitamin C, curcumin, and resveratrol.

Read reviews online.

It’s always wise to know what others are saying about a product before buying it. This is to avoid not just wasting money but putting your health in peril with potentially unsafe products. Pay special attention to money-back guarantee comments. Most manufacturers will give you 60 to 90 days, which is good. But take note that some consumers may actually complain that they haven’t received their money back. You have to watch out for comments like this when checking out a certain product. A bit of diligence can go a long way in avoiding problems later on.

The huge volume of products available nowadays gives you huge freedom when it comes to making a choice. But it can lead to confusion and bad decisions too. Be smart.