The Fitness Edge is not just about fitness and nutrition. It’s about performing better and more efficiently in every aspect of life. That’s why I want to discuss a part of your body you might be neglecting: your brain. Beyond a solid nutrition program and exercising regularly, there are a few natural ways you can support brain power. If you want to nourish your brain with nutrients that promote healthy memory, better mood and more, here are some supplements you should know about.
Ginkgo giloba—often referred to as “ginkgo”—is the oldest known living species of tree, and the extract from its leaves has been used for centuries in traditional health practices. Not only is it rich in protective antioxidants, Ginkgo also supports healthy brain function, promotes memory and cognition and supports positive mood.* Gingko can be taken in capsule form, but it’s also a common ingredient in many energy drinks.
Phosphatidylserine is a type of fat found in cell membranes in the body, with high concentrations in the brain. It’s manufactured by the body, but can also be consumed from dietary sources such as fish, dairy, beans and barley, or it can be taken as a supplement. Phosphatidylserine plays a vital role in proper brain function and may help support cognitive function as we age.* It may also help promote a healthy adrenal response to stress.*
Choline, part of the B-complex family of vitamins, is found in high concentrations in eggs, legumes and organ meats. Choline is an important structural component of cell membranes and is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in cognitive function and memory.* Vegetarians, or those who do not regularly eat choline-rich foods, may want to consider taking a choline supplement. In Vitacost Choline & Inositol, it’s combined with inositol, a vitamin that’s been shown to support stable, even moods and a calm state of mind, even under stressful circumstances.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Scott Hogan, Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach (A.C.E.), blogs about nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle factors that contribute to peak performance. As the Category Manager of Sports & Fitness, Scott manages the merchandising and marketing of Sports Nutrition products at Vitacost.com. Follow Scott on Twitter @VitaScott, or connect directly through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.