Many people today use professional, pre-made natural nootropic stacks to enhance memory, focus, and learning capacity. The best brain supplements of course combine lots of ingredients which have incredible effects on the brain, from raising neurotransmitter levels to promoting better cerebral circulation. However, few people appreciate just what a dramatic effect that vitamins can have on the brain.
Believe it or not, certain vitamins can exert as much of an effect on cognitive function and brain performance as high-spec nootropics.
By taking these vitamins in the right way, at the right time, you can see dramatic improvements in focus, memory, mental energy, and stress resistance.
We believe the best way to use vitamins is to protect the brain from damage and to promote healing. By “healing”, we mean promoting maintenance and growth of brain cells rather than the mending of wounds.
So what vitamins heal the brain?
Which vitamins are most effective for promoting cognitive performance?
Let’s find out!
Vitamins to take to “health” the brain
There are vitamins which you can take on a regular basis to prevent damage to brain cells, promote brain cell maintenance, and generally support good brain cell functioning. This is what we mean when we say “healing the brain”; obviously we’re not talking about reversing mental illness or cognitive decline!
So what are the best vitamins to take for repairing and supporting vital brain structures?
Here are our top picks:
- Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Folate deficiency is intimately linked with the prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders; people who present with symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders are far more likely than the general population to be folate deficient. Disorders linked to low folate levels include depression and age-related cognitive decline. It seems folate is vital for the formation of neurotransmitters, the synthesis of DNA, and nerve growth during gestation (deficiency in the womb can cause birth defects and brain abnormalities). Supplementing with folate has been found to significantly improve cognitive function if intake was previously low. As few people eat foods high in folate, supplementation is probably a good idea!
- Vitamin B12
B12, as you’re all no doubt aware, is most known for its role in energy metabolism. People routinely take B12 supplements to improve athletic performance and boost energy levels. Well, B12 isn’t just an energy booster; it has a direct effect on the brain, and cognitive performance. Like with folate, B12 deficiency has been tightly linked with symptoms of cognitive decline. It is now thought that B12 prevents neuron atrophy; higher levels of B12 help preserve neurons, which in turn prevents many symptoms of age-related cognitive decline.
- Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6, like B12, is most commonly known for its metabolism-boosting, energy-promoting properties. It is indeed primarily used by the body to metabolize energy from food. However, B6 has another role. It seems that B6 is also involved in the synthesis of two key neurotransmitters: serotonin and norepinephrine. Between them, these neurotransmitters promote focus, mental energy, motivation, and reaction speed while reducing stress and anxiety. B6 is therefore a great vitamin for promoting cognitive performance and supporting overall brain health.
These vitamins can be said to “heal the brain” in the sense that they promote good brain cell health, efficient neuron generation, and good overall cognitive function.