THE FITNESS OF FOCUS: NUTRIENTS FOR COGNITIVE HEALTH

TRY THESE INGREDIENTS TO HELP KEEP YOUR MEMORY IN THE BEST SHAPE.

BY CRYSTAL SHELTON, SENIOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Cognition is defined as “the mental faculty or process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition, or perception.”  Maintaining cognitive health is important as it relates to our memory, concentration, attention and learning; things obviously needed throughout our daily lives. Unfortunately, as we age, certain things in our brains tend to change a bit and our cognitive ability can become impaired. Ingredients found in nutritional supplements have shown promise with helping to restore the areas which affect cognitive health, thus improving brain function and overall brain health.

Alpha lipoic acid, also referred to as ALA, is a fatty acid found naturally inside every cell in the body. It is considered very essential and is needed by the body to convert glucose into energy, required for our body’s normal functions. Alpha lipoic acid also works as an antioxidant, helping to neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative damage. It is unique because it functions in both water and fat, unlike vitamins C and E which are more common.

Huperzine A is derived from the fir moss Huperzia serrata, also known as Chinese club moss. It has been widely studied for its roles in cognitive health. Huperzine A helps increase the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is important for promoting normal learning, memory, cognitive well-being and healthy nerve transmission. By helping maintain normal concentration of acetylcholine, huperzine A shows big promise for cognitive health.

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