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How to improve your memory and focus.

In the bustling rhythm of modern life, maintaining a sharp memory and keen focus can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. I often have patients wanting to optimise their mental clarity without relying solely on pharmaceuticals and wanting to try a more natural approach.

Below, we explore some natural supplements that have the ability to bolster your memory and sharpen your focus.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba, often celebrated for its ancient origins, stands out as a potent memory enhancer. Studies have shown that ginkgo can improve blood circulation and act as a powerful antioxidant. This dual action not only supports neural health but also combats the oxidative stress associated with cognitive decline. A meta-analysis in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease highlights its efficacy in enhancing cognitive function in individuals with mild cognitive impairment.

Bacopa Monnieri

Rooted in Ayurvedic medicine, Bacopa monnieri, or Brahmi, is renowned for its ability to foster both short and long-term memory faculties. Bacopa improves memory recall and visual information processing, thanks to its rich profile of bacosides that repair and regenerate synapses. For this reason, bacopa is being used in many ADHD cases, amongst students and in the business world alongside looming deadlines.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA and DHA, are crucial for brain health, influencing the fluidity of cell membranes and facilitating communication between brain cells. A diet rich in omega-3s, or supplementation thereof, has been linked to reduced rates of cognitive decline. Omega-3 supplementation can enhance focus and reduce mental fatigue. I suggest including fatty fish, hemp seeds, chia and flaxseeds as well as walnuts in your diet.


L-theanine, (one of my favourites) an amino acid found predominantly in green tea, has been praised for its ability to enhance mental focus while promoting a calm and relaxed state. Bring on the matcha tea! It modulates aspects of brain function, as evidenced by EEG studies showing changes in brain waves. This indicates increased relaxation and decreased anxiety, which can benefit those of you looking to improve concentration and avoid the mental jitters that often accompany caffeine intake alone.

Incorporating supplements into your health regime

While these supplements offer promising benefits for memory and focus, integrating them into your daily routine should be a thoughtful decision. Consulting with a healthcare provider, particularly a clinical naturopath, can help tailor a supplement strategy that aligns with your individual health profile and goals. Please remember, that nutritional and herbal medicine can interact with your pharmaceuticals, hence why you must avoid purchasing supplements online without consulting your practitioner.

Do you want to improve your memory and focus?

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