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How to improve memory: 10 substances that stimulate the brain

Как улучшить память: 10 веществ, стимулирующих работу мозга

In the modern world, the brain gets used to working in an accelerated mode, with frequent changes in mental activity and doing more than 2 things at the same time. Without nourishment and proper maintenance of the brain cells, mental faculties are bound to decline. To prevent this, think about your diet, lifestyle and whether there is enough physical activity in your life. It is imperative not only to provide nutrition for the brain, but also the use of specially designed drugs based on substances that can improve memory, thinking and speed up the brain as a whole. Let's look at how to improve memory by taking brain-stimulating substances.

How to improve memory and speed up the brain: what to look for

In medicine, there is a concept like nootropics – drugs that have a stimulating effect on brain tissue. They are able to increase efficiency, improve memory, facilitate memorization and learning, and stimulate cognitive functions. In addition, taking nootropics provides mental clarity in the most extreme conditions.

Nootropics are based not on chemical products, but on substances extracted from organic minerals.

Before taking any drug, you should consult a specialist and consider the following important points:

  • how to take drugs, in what quantity and for how long – set strictly individually. The dose and course of treatment is determined by the age of the person, the characteristics of the organism, the state of health, the presence of concomitant diseases;
  • do not think that bioadditives or herbal extracts are completely harmless and will not harm your health: even they can cause an allergic reaction, have a number of contraindications and side effects;
  • to understand if there are any developmental and mental work shifts, track your condition with the help of tests, observations and special exercises;
  • you can not take the means of one spectrum of action: to choose the right one, you should alternate nootropics and observe your body. This will allow you to identify the substance that is right for you and activates the brain in your case!


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10 substances to improve memory and increase efficiency

     1. Dark chocolate and flavonols

If the mood drops sharply, the first thing you want to do is eat a chocolate bar. Especially in dark chocolate, flavonols – substances that activate the production of the hormone of joy, happiness and pleasure– endorphin.

Flavonols also accelerate the transmission of nerve impulses, which allows you to maintain vigor and brain activity for a long time. Not all chocolates available on store shelves provide a similar effect. Only high-quality chocolate with a cocoa content of more than 80% can cheer you up and speed up brain activity.

    2. Lecithin

More than a third of the brain consists of lecithin. And in every cell of the human body there are components of this phospholipid. Lecithin is involved in  production of enzymes and hormones, as well as mediators.

With the participation of vitamin B5 - pantothenic acid, the phospholipid lecithin is converted into acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that speeds up the course of nervous reactions, and, as a result, affects memorization, concentration of attention and the positive work of most mental abilities.

During the first year of life, a child receives a huge amount of lecithin from breast milk. Interestingly, breast milk contains 100 times more lecithin than the circulatory system of a nursing mother.

The more lecithin a child receives in the first years of life, the faster he will learn to speak, he will be able to better resist stress and adapt to new social conditions.

Increasing the level of lecithin in the body should be not only for people working with ultra-precise calculations, but also in any other areas. By consuming lecithin in the required quantities, fatigue will not be felt so much, and nervousness and irritability will recede, memory will also improve and efficiency will increase.

Lecithin is found in excess in:

  • eggs;
  • beef or chicken liver;
  • very fatty fish;
  • legumes;
  • seeds and nuts.

How to improve memory and brain function by taking drugs with lecithin? To get a really pronounced effect, you should take the remedy for more than 3 months. This is the period during which the brain will be able to adapt to new conditions and nutrition.

     3. Piracetam and Choline

Nootropic  Piracetam, also known as Lucetam and Nootropil, is prescribed for schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, and senile dementia. It is also acceptable to prescribe to healthy people to increase mental work, to improve memory and increase concentration.

But, even absolutely healthy people cannot take this drug on their own. Piracetami may cause headaches, which should be controlled. Often the drug is prescribed together with choline. This will save the patient from severe headaches that occur when using the drug for a long time.

     4. Caffeine and L-theanine

Coffee or green tea to focus, increase productivity and keep your brain working?

Coffee – it is an invigorating drink that stimulates excitement and a surge in the nervous system, after which there usually comes a sharp decline and loss of brain activity. By itself, caffeine cannot keep productivity at a high level for a long time and does not affect academic performance. Read more about the properties of coffee in the article Can I drink coffee every day?

Green tea also has caffeine, but it is combined with L-theanine. Such a compound can save the brain from destructive overexcitation after drinking caffeine. The amino acid L-theanine prolongs the activity of the brain and helps increase productivity without a subsequent decrease in activity.

According to observations, after drinking 1 cup of coffee and 2 cups of green tea  attentiveness is aggravated, mental abilities are increased, processing of visual information is accelerated.

  1. Creatine

This is a nitrogen-containing organic acid that is naturally produced in humans and all mammals. Creatine is widely known in sports circles as a substance that accelerates muscle growth and increases the rate of cellular reactions.

How can I improve brain function with creatine supplementation? The substance contributes to the conservation of energy reserves in the brain. This allows you to achieve fast memorization and long-term storage of data in memory. In addition, creatine accelerates analytical thinking. To do this, it is recommended to take creatine 5 g daily (after the approval of the attending physician).  

     6. Omega-3 fatty acids

In the fashionable direction today – neurodietology – It is believed that it is extremely important for health to use preparations containing Omega-3 fatty acids or to diversify your menu as much as possible with fatty varieties of ocean fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

It is useful for the brain to receive daily omega-3: eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids are necessary for cell renewal, accelerating the reaction between organelles.

What does this mean: specific components of fish oil can improve memory, protect against depression and stress, speed up brain function, protect the brain from destructive senile processes.

    7. L-tyrosine

L-Tyrosine – It is an amino acid that is part of the protein composition of tissues and organs. Without it, the production of adrenaline and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter – dopamine. This substance can increase the fatigue threshold and protect against uncontrolled release of the stress hormone into the blood. It is shown to use preparations containing an amino acid for people who need to constantly concentrate their attention and use their brain as much as possible. Food rich in L-tyrosine, or a dietary supplement, is a prevention of the development of problems with the endocrine system, protects against disorders of the pituitary gland, adrenal glands.

   8. Ginkgo Biloba

This preparation inherited its name from the famous tree - Ginkgo, which today is already a fossil. The composition of the leaves of this tree includes glycosides, flavonoids and terpenes. These compounds are able to stimulate brain activity, improve memory, and increase emotional stability. Today, Gingko Biloba is considered the most powerful nootropic that can make the brain work.

    9. B vitamins

Vitamins are essential for the restoration of nerve ending tissues and brain function in general. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12 protect the nervous system from destruction. A clear mind and a good memory are ensured by the balance of B vitamins.

   10. Acetyl L-carnitine

This is an amino acid capable of acting in three directions: relieves chronic fatigue, improves memory and brain function in general, balances carbohydrate metabolism.

A study was conducted showing that students who took acetyl L-carnitine for 2 months were able to increase their academic performance by 2 times than their peers who did not take anything.

In addition, the amino acid activates the production of testosterone, that is, it significantly increases sexual function.

Whatever drug is chosen to improve memory and speed up brain function, remember: it is better to coordinate any actions with your doctor, as well as warn relatives and friends about taking the drug. This will protect against unpredictable consequences when an allergic reaction to the components is detected. Do not take everything at once, explore your body's reaction to drugs and supplements to identify the most effective. The attending physician will answer the question of how to improve memory and increase labor productivity after a thorough examination.

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  • Comments (3)

    19 ноября 2018, 15:45

    Посоветуйте программу для контроля за питанием. Чтобы запоминать что когда съедено, какие витамины и с контролем калорий.

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    08 февраля 2019, 18:04

    Действительно, очень важно отказаться от вредных привычек. я уже лет 5 как изменила свой образ жизни, занимаюсь спортом, пью не кофе, а зеленый чай, принимаю теанин от эвалар и кушаю грецкие орехи. несколько простых действий и правда помогають улучшить работу мозга, да еще и настроение стало выше.

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    Эсбукетов Сергей Матвеевич#12109
    23 августа 2019, 15:34

    Хорошая статья, спасибо! Ищу для жены информацию, скину ей ссылку, а то от меня она ничего слушать не хочет). Себе тоже в закладки добавлю)

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