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5 of the Best Supplements that Protect Your Brain!

24 April, 2014
5 of the Best Supplements that Protect Your Brain - Focus Plus Blog

In the modern age, we are constantly pushing our bodies and our brains to the limit. Whether you are staying up all night partying, staying up all night studying, or staying up all night working, you are putting your body and mind through a lot of strain. Here are five “neuroprotective” nootropic supplements that protect your brain that you should consider trying to help minimize any damage that this type of mental strain can inflict. Anybody could benefit from the powerful antioxidant effects of these natural supplements!

 

Magnesium

 

When you overwork yourself and push your limits, the channels that your brain uses to send out signals can actually stay open for too long, causing the overexcitation of neurons that leads to neuronal death. This is especially likely when amphetamine drugs like MDMA or Adderall are involved. Your body uses magnesium to clear out these channels and protect your neurons. Taking a magnesium supplement, or eating bananas (which are high in magnesium), before or after prolonged periods of mental strain can actually help prevent and repair this type of cellular damage.

 5 of the Best Nootropics to Protect Your Brain

ALCAR (Acetyl-L-Carnitine)

 

ALCAR is a nootropic and powerful antioxidant that helps protect against oxidative stress – the cellular damage caused by toxic free radicals that is thought to be a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Not surprisingly, ALCAR has been found beneficial to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, with some research also pointing to it’s potential uses in treating Parkinson’s disease. Take some ALCAR to protect your brain cells, and throw in some alpha lipoic acid to enhance the neuroprotective effects, as these two supplements work synergistically.

Grape Seed Extract

 

This is another antioxidant that has been found to protect against neuronal damage and help prevent neuronal death. Grape seed extract is high in Vitamin E, which has also been found to have neuroprotective effects. Next time you have to pull an all-nighter, make sure to pick up some grape seed extract!

5 of the Best Nootropics to Protect Your Brain

L-Theanine

 

This nootropic supplement can help lessen damage caused by the overexcitation of neurons that I spoke about above. L-Theanine achieves this by blocking your brains NMDA receptors. NMDA receptors, when excessively stimulated, are associated with cognitive defects linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Pick up some L-Theanine supplements to give your brain a shiny coat of armor!

 

5 of the Best Nootropics to Protect Your Brain

Pine Bark Extract

 

Here is another supplement that can help protect your brain against the effects of all-nighters. Pine bark extract has been found to be one of the most potent antioxidants, meaning that it can effectively deactivate the cell-damaging free radicals that are responsible for cognitive decline and memory loss. Make sure to pick some up before exam time!

 

 

Keep all of these in mind when it comes to exam time, party time, or when work deadlines are quickly approaching. Equip yourself with these five neuroprotective supplements, and your brain will recover much more quickly! Many vitamins are also helpful at restoring cognitive function, so picking up a multivitamin can help as well!

 

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