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Memory support

Q. Dear Judy, I find that as I’m getting older, I struggle with my memory. I try to introduce an acquaintance and I can’t remember her name. Can you recommend any supplements that would help? –Elizabeth

A. I know how you feel. Fortunately, there are several vitamins and supplements that can help with age-related memory loss. 

For starters, make sure you take a multi-vitamin that has all the B-complex vitamins.

The Chinese herb ginkgo biloba may be the most effective remedy available for short-term memory loss. It enhances circulation to the small vessels that are farthest from the heart.

Lecithin helps improve age-related memory loss. It is the richest source of choline, which the brain converts to acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter.

Studies have shown phosphatidylserine to significantly improve memory and concentration.

Consider adding L-glutamine to a protein shake or beverage. This amino acid, along with glucose, is used by the brain for energy.

Last, but not least, consider taking acetyl-L-carnitine. It's effective in helping with brain function and memory, mental alertness and mood. Take about 1,000-2,000 mg daily.   

–Judy

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