(OrganicJar) Do you have trouble focusing? Is your concentration just not what it used to be? Or are you struggling with memory loss? The ability to focus and channel our concentration into the task at hand, whether it's work, reading, or play is more important than ever today. The near constant distractions of the digital age manifest as ADD, memory lapses, low test scores, mood swings, or senior moments when we cannot find our car keys.
The good news is there are herbal remedies that can help. Below are my three top picks for herbs that can help you boost brainpower, increase alertness, reverse memory loss, ease fatigue and even help you sleep.
Before starting any herbal treatment or remedy, please check with your doctor first.
3 Herbs for Increasing Focus, Memory, and Brain Power
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Rhodiola Rosea is an herb that has been extensively studied in Russia and Scandinavian for over 35 years. Studies have shown that rhodiola reduces stress, enhances mood, helps with sleep, increases alertness and mental focus, can improve exercise performance, and supports normal levels of neurotransmitters – serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Rhodiola has also been used to fight fatigue, improve memory, and increase attention span, making it helpful for those suffering from the more sluggish type of ADD. In addition, scientific evidence points to an ability to fuel sexual energy, boost immunity, and ease depression. Studies on fruit flies showed that it was a factor in increased longevity. Suggested Dose: 50-100 milligrams 2-4 times per day and it is best taken on an empty stomach.
Bacopa is understood to be the most potent and effective nerve and brain tonic in Ayurvedic medicine. In Sanskrit it means creator. It boosts your memory and is a mild sedative so you have this calming effect but you feel more alert. Some call it natures smart pill. It has been traditionally used to treat mental illness, anxiety, depression, memory loss, epilepsy and psychosis. Today, Ayurvedic doctors use it to support cognitive and focus issues. Suggested Dose: 100-300 milligrams 1-2 times per day
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the world's oldest surviving tree species. For thousands of years traditional healers have used it for a diverse array of common conditions. According to the National Institutes of Health, most of ginkgo biloba's medicinal effects relate to its efficacy as a circulatory enhancer. Compounds in ginkgo leaf appear to dilate blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow to the legs, ears, eyes and brain. This increased blood flow explains the herb's well documented memory enhancing effects.
New research is showing that it may be effective in treating libido issues associated with anti-depressant drugs. Be careful as Gingko is a blood thinner. Suggested Dose: 60-120 milligrams 1-4 times per day
It's always best to consult a doctor first when implementing powerful herbal remedies such as these.
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