From improved concentration and energy levels to lowered anxiety and an elevated mood, there's a natural solution to help you on your way to optimal brain health. Here are some of our favourites this Mental Health Month...
Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid (a building block for proteins) that's naturally produced in the body. It's used in the treatment of a variety of mental disorders, including Alzheimer's, memory loss, depression and thinking problems related to alcoholism. It can also be useful in the management of Down syndrome and poor circulation in the brain. Try Solgar's Acetyl-L-Carninine.
Avena sativa is a traditional herbal remedy from oats that can improve concentration and cognitive function as well as help to ward off Alzheimer's. Find it in Dr. Boxall's Sceletium Tortuosum.
B vitamins (especially B9, B6 and B12) play a powerful role in preventing cognitive decline. B12 is particularly great at helping with mental fogginess and memory problems. Find them in Patrick Holford's Advanced Brain Food.
Brahmi is the term used to describe two Ayurvedic herbs - Centella asiatica and Bacopa monnieri. It refers to the feminine essence of universal consciousness in Sanskrit, and the herbs are used to clarify the mind, strengthen memory and intellect, support focus and encourage a balanced emotional state. Find it in PMR Nutrition's Natural Brain.
This ancient plant extract has been used in China for centuries to help combat poor concentration, reverse cognitive decline and heal fatigue. Find it in PMR Nutrition's Natural Brain.
An essential neurotransmitter in the brain, glutamine helps with memory, focus and concentration. Find it in PMR Nutrition's Natural Brain.
L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that relieves anxiety by inhibiting brain over-activity and stimulating the production of the relaxing neurotransmitter GABA. Find it in Sfera's MemoryCare.
Rhodiola rosea is a herb traditionally used to combat fatigue. It's a popular adaptogen and can help to ward against the burnout effect of ongoing stress. Find it in Boxall & Carmichael's Reboot.
This South African succulent helps to combat stress, anxiety and depression. Find it in Dr. Boxall's Sceletium Tortuosum.
Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world, and has been used in Asia and North American for centuries. Today, the root extract is used to improve thinking, concentration, memory and physical endurance. Find it in Solal's Brain Booster.
Trimethylglycine (TMG) is said to help alleviate depression by increasing the body's natural production of SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine). Find it in Patrick Holford's Advanced Brain Food.