With an aging population, cognitive function declines, and the risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s becomes more of a reality. However, an increasing number of people are looking to enhance normal cognitive function in their younger years.
Studies have found that PQQ effectively protects nerve cells from damage and death, and enhances the production of nerve growth factor (NGF, a key protein involved in the growth and survival of nerve cells). This will help with the brain’s plasticity by building new connections (called synapses) between brain cells, which is important in learning. Human clinical trials have shown PQQ improves attention, processing ability, and short-term memory, among other benefits.
Human studies show that PQQ’s benefits are further enhanced when taken with CoQ10, so for those looking to realize the absolute full potential of PQQ, I would recommend Inno-Q-Nol UltraSorb (solubilized ubiquinol), which is the most absorbable CoQ10 formulation on the market (yes, even greater than other ubiquinol products).
Another great nutrient would be Acetyl-L-Carnitine. This is the only form of L-carnitine that can cross the blood-brain barrier, and once it does, it helps power the brain’s high energy demand, and boosts the formation of acetylcholine (the neurotransmitter responsible for memory).
Bacopa is another great product used for centuries in traditional medicine for cognition. Modern scientific research has confirmed its traditional uses, and Bacopa has been shown in clinical studies to improve memory and recall, reduce anxiety and energize the mind. In other studies, it has shown to be an excellent antioxidant by stimulating the brain to produce all three of the “primary antioxidants” – glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and catalase – critical in keeping the brain as young as possible, as long as possible.
Lastly, a good night’s sleep is critical to cognitive function, so if you have troubles sleeping, consider Melatonin, which has not only been shown to be highly effective in promoting restful sleep, but clinical studies have shown it can also improve memory.
So you’ve got lots of options – feel free to experiment and find the product (or combination) that’s right for you.
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