Improving Brain Function with Nutrition

Part Two Vitamins and Minerals by Clarice Cook, CDP

In considering supplements needed for different health needs, the first order is to have a blood analysis done as a basis for deficiencies.  Learn about the vitamins and minerals listed below and know whether there at any allergies to any of these additives.

Artificial vitamins and minerals are manually constructed to mirror natural supplements.  Natural vitamins and minerals are extracted from foods and are always best for assimilation in the digestion process.

Important vitamins and minerals for improving memory and cognitive skills.

Choline increases the message carrier, acetylcholine, and is in the Vitamin B category.    The recommended daily amount is 100 mg. 3 times a day.

Niacin and niacinamide, B3 aids in brain and blood flow and has recommendations on the labels.  Too much niacin can cause hot flashes and rashes.  However, this is an important B for the nervous system.

Vitamin B complex at 100 mg. daily plus extra Pyridoxine  B6 (50 mg. 3 times day) for improved memory and pantothenic acid, B5(50 mg. 3 times a day) to help transform choline to acetylcholine may also be included in multivitamins.

Vitamin C, 3,000-10,000 mg is a powerful antioxidant that improves circulation and boosts the immune system.

L-Glutamine, L-phenylalanine and aspartic acid (amino acids) are necessary for normal brain function in recommended doses.

Lecithin -1 tbsp. with meals or 2 capsules with meals is also high in choline and inositol and important B vitamins.  This has a claim of brain function improvement.

COenzyme Q10 at 100 mg daily and DMG may show up on labels and are claimed to improve brain oxygenation.

Gerovital H-3 (GH-3 or Asiavital used as directed is from Romania and claims to be good for elderly persons.

RNA-DNA as directed on the label increases energy production to transfer energy in the brain.  There is a caution here…Do not use if you have elevated serum uric acid or gout.

Learn about vitamins and minerals in foods in order to determine whether supplementation is needed.  It is also advised that determinations be made under the direction of qualified nutritional personnel.  Counsel with druggist or knowledgeable health care professional to insure against any food allergies.  Report any supplements along with medications to all medical professionals.

Part III will give the properties of vitamins and minerals in foods.

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