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What supplements can help keep my brain active?

As you age, the brain gets less active. We've seen this in a study with 8,000 patients. You don't want your brain to get less active, and certain kinds of nutrients can help.
  • A multivitamin. Our food supply has been processed to the point where we have removed many of the nutrients. Plus, 91% of Americans do not eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day -- the minimum required to get the nutrition that you need -- so I think everyone should take a multivitamin.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. As a society, we tend to be low in omega-3 fatty acids. This deficiency is associated with heart disease, cancer, skin problems, diabetes, obesity, depression and dementia. So I recommend that my patients take fish oil supplements.
  • Vitamin D. Our vitamin D levels are low. More than two-thirds of our patients are getting their vitamin D levels checked and optimized. It is critical.
  • Ginkgo Biloba. When I started doing single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging, I started taking ginkgo, because the prettiest brains I saw took ginkgo.
Kristen Walsh, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)

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