Memory Problems…Can supplements help?

by Integrative Clinical Pharmacist Scott Berliner, RPh

As we age, our memory may not be as sharp as in younger years. Contributing factors may include multitasking, the fast pace of living in today’s world, lack of sleep and “down time”, stress, nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, infection, and hormonal problems. But can supplements help to improve memory?

Despite the many possible contributing factors, reduction in memory increases irritability, and decreases focus as well as our ability to make healthy decisions as we care for ourselves.

Supplements should not be seen as a substitute for a healthy diet, lifestyle and exercise. However, they may help to optimize brain function by supporting the health of the brain tissue. As with all health issues, a trial of a supplement for three months should be enough to judge whether it is effective for an individual.

Memorall is a unique formula that combines the B vitamins with a special form of folic acid called 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. These are essential for healthy neurological function. In addition, added amino acids like N-Acetyl-Cysteine and Acetyl-l-carnitine as well as the phytonutrient resveratrol are included for healthy mitochondrial function. The mitochondria are the tiny energy factories that make energy in all the cells of our body and are especially concentrated in brain cells.

In addition to these components, several herbal extracts have been proven to reduce oxidative stress markers. Bacopa is one of the herbs that has been shown to reduce inflammation and degeneration in the nervous system. Vinpocetine as well as gingko biloba are also added based on the successful studies proving they can increase blood flow to the brain. Vinpocetine, from the periwinkle plant (Vinca minor), has been shown to reduce inflammation in the brain and is being studied in brain injury. Phosphatidylserine, also in the formula, was shown to have a positive impact on memory in double-blind studies in elderly people. This finding was also documented in other studies, which showed that ginkgo biloba increased this effect.

Memorall is a well thought out formula, with adequate amounts of each individual ingredient based on scientific studies, to improve memory and brain health. There are many memory formulas out there but I have yet to find one as effective as Memorall. Memorall is available through the Radiant Health Apothecary and at Dr. Roca’s integrative medicine practice.