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sunrunner's avatar

Supplements to improve memory and concentration?

Asked by sunrunner (117 points ) February 20th, 2011

I’ve heard ginkgo biloba is good, but can’t remember if there are any others. :P

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incendiary_dan's avatar

Fish oil does it for me. Gotta feed that brain Omega-3 fatty acids, and the right vitamins.

Also, the effectiveness of ginkgo is somewhat suspect.

lemming's avatar

Another vote for fish oil. Make sure it has plenty of EPA and DHA – they’re the good omega3 oils that make you smart ;)

SmashTheState's avatar

Ginseng is a natural stimulant with antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties which have been largely verified by modern science. I find ginseng very effective for concentration and focusing.

sunrunner's avatar

@incendiary_dan @lemming What kind do you guys use?

incendiary_dan's avatar

@sunrunner I usually go with cod liver oil. Organ meats in general tend to contain a higher concentration of fat soluble vitamins and nutrients.

And @SmashTheState‘s suggestion about ginseng is pretty good too. It’s a great stimulant that doesn’t make you jittery. If I wasn’t so desensitized to stimulants, I’d take it more often.

lemming's avatar

@sunrunner I can’t tell you now because I’m not home at the mo, but get one that says highest purity because some contain poisons from the sea like mercury.

mattbrowne's avatar

The most important supplement is this:

7–8 hours of quality sleep.

Memory requires sleep.

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