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Top 9 Nutrients for Better Brain Health

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Nine nutrients that are vital for brain health and cognition are the marine-based omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, choline, phosphatidylserine, acetyl-L-carnitine, vitamins D and B12, MCT oil and probiotics
  • By using a lysophospholipid form of EPA (LPC-EPA), researchers were able to increase the EPA level in the brain of mice 100fold. LPC-EPA also doubled the DHA level in the brain, whereas free EPA had no effect on DHA levels
  • Choline helps protect against Alzheimer's by reducing your homocysteine level, an amino acid associated with neurodegeneration and formation of amyloid plaques, and inhibiting microglia activation, which inhibits brain inflammation
  • Supplementing with 400 mg of phosphatidylserine increased the speed of calculations done in short-term memory by 20 percent in one study. In another, 300 mg/day improved cognitive function of geriatric patients
  • Low vitamin D is associated with poorer brain function, and increasing levels may help keep older adults mentally fit. Vitamin D has also been shown to improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

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