Your brain is one of the most important parts of your body. Without your brain, you would not be able to function and so it is incredibly important that you look after it.
Neglected brains risk a reduction in their ability to focus, a decline in cognitive function and mood swings.1
Have you ever gone into another room and forgotten what you are doing there?
As we age, our brains actually shrink in physical volume, our memory starts to decline and our brain activation becomes more bilateral for memory tasks.2
Supplements containing vitamins for brain health are an excellent way to give your brain the bit of extra care it deserves.
Here we take a look at some of the best brain health supplements and the best vitamins for memory:
One of the best brain supplements is ginkgo biloba. The ginkgo biloba or maidenhair tree is native to China, Japan and Korea and now also grows in Europe and the USA.
It is one of the oldest trees in the world, with its origins dating back to more than 200 million years.
The herb that is extracted from the leaves has been used in worldwide culture for thousands of years.
Studies have shown that taking a ginkgo biloba supplement may increase mental performance and cognitive function.3
These fast release capsules allow for faster absorption of the supplement into the body.
They are believed to help maintain cognitive function, especially as you get older.
Ginkgo supplements are one of the most popular supplements available for over 50s.
Ginkgo biloba extract is also available as a liquid extract which can be mixed with water. This is ideal for those who prefer not to swallow tablets or capsules.
Krill is a small crustacean, which looks similar to a shrimp. They are primarily a food source for other animals – whales, seals, penguins, squid and fish all enjoy them.4
Krill oil contains the omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). These are essential for a lot of body functions, including helping to support your brain and heart.5
EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish and fish oils and not much else.
Most people do not consume the recommended amounts of fish and so may not be getting enough EPA and DHA through their diet alone. This is why it can be beneficial to take a supplement which contains fish oil.6
These capsules are made with sustainable krill oil which is responsibly sourced from the Antarctic Ocean.
They help to support brain health as well as normal vision.
Cod liver oil is a fish oil, which is high in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D.7
It has been a popular supplement in the UK for many years now.
These capsules contain a super strength marine oil formula with brain fatty acids DHA and EPA to help maintain normal vision as well as brain and heart function. (8)
As well as supporting normal brain function and memory when you get older, teenagers may also benefit from a supplement that helps to support normal brain health.
Studies and exams, busy social lives and playing sports – teenagers are busy and they need to apply focus in lots of areas of their lives.
Supplements for concentration may benefit teenagers who are taking exams, attending job interviews or applying for university.
These capsules contain high levels of DHA, which contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function.*
They are orange flavoured chewable capsules that taste delicious and so you will have no trouble getting your teens to take them.
As well as DHA, these capsules also contain vitamins A, C, D and E, for an all-around daily supplement.
Last updated: 26 April 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019
Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry
Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.
After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.