Herbs Boost Memory And Improve Mental Focus
The ability to focus, and channel our concentration into the task at hand,
whether its work, reading, or play is more important than ever today. The near
constant distractions of the digital age, manifest as ADD, memory lapses,
low test scores, mood swings, or senior moments when we cannot find our car
Herbs for Memory and Focus
- Bacopa appears to strengthen memory and improve concentration by enhancing the conductivity of nerve tissue.
- Basil is an excellent, indeed perhaps the best, aromatic nerve tonic giving a calming energy that is great for the work environment.
may be useful in delaying the memory impairment and cognitive decline associated with aging.
One of the active constituents of club moss, called huperzine a (HupA.) has shown some promise in preliminary studies that show significant improvement the cognitive function in patients with mild to moderate vascular dementia.
Eleuthero boosts concentration and focus without the letdown than comes from stimulants like caffeine.
Ginkgo's antioxidant actions also stabilize the structure of brain and nerve cells and protect them from oxidation from free radicals.
may boost mood, improve memory and attention, lengthen physical and mental endurance, improve test scores, and ease anxiety.
Gotu Kola is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM to rejuvenate both mind and body, and can be used in conjunction with bacopa, or Brahmi, another Ayurvedic herb used to improve mental focus and improve memory.
Many clinical studies now support the folklore traditions of holy basil as a safe neuroprotective, that protects the brain against degenerative diseases.
Periwinkle The periwinkle plant contains a precursor to the chemical vinpocetine, which is used medicinally to naturally enhance memory in aging minds.
Modern research suggests rhodiola may support memory and focus, and relieve depression.
Rosemary has a long herbal tradition as a herb that improves concentration and memory
Sage (Salvia officinalis) or Spanish sage (S. lavandulifolia) both have positive effects on memory and concentration.
- . Evidence of Benefits from Herbal Preparations for Improving Cognition and Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in the Elderly , American Botanical Council, (4-30-2012): Sage (Salvia officinalis) or Spanish sage (S. lavandulifolia), traditionally used for memory problems, has in vitro and in vivo anti-AChE activity. Sage oil and extracts enhance memory in studies with young and elderly normal volunteers, and have been shown to have positive cognitive and behavioral effects in clinical studies of patients with AD.,
- . Special Swedish Rhodiola Extract Shows Benefit in Mild to Moderate Depression in Clinical Trial , HerbClip ABC, (December 14, 2007): In addition to mood elevation, evidence indicates that R. rosea has numerous other benefits, including enhancement of cognitive function, sexual function, and both mental and physical performance under stress. ,
- . Centella asiatica , American Journal of Natural Medicine, (1997): Gotu kola has also been shown in a clinical trial to significantly increase mental function, demonstrating a mild tranquilizing and anti-anxiety action.,
- Krikorian R, Shidler MD, Nash TA, et al. . Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. , J Agric Food Chem. 2010;58(7):3996-4000, (2010): American Botanical Council,
- Pase MP, Kean J, Sarris J, Neale C, Scholey AB, Stough C. . The cognitive-enhancing effects of Bacopa monnieri: , J Altern Complement Med. , (2012;18(7):647-652): A systematic review of randomized, controlled human clinical trials. Bacopa demonstrates antidementic, antioxidant, and cognitive-enhancing effects in several in vivo and in vitro studies. , . Vincamine article at NIH.gov , , (): The health benefits of vincamine and related compounds, which are sold as drugs in Europe, relate to the treatment of primary degenerative and vascular dementia. As a dietary supplement, vincamine is promoted as a nootropic.,
- HerbalGram . Evidence of Benefits from Herbal Preparations for Improving Cognition and Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in the Elderly , , (04-30-2012): Lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor) aerial plant and its synthetic alkaloid vinpocetine have been shown to improve blood flow to the brain. Vinpocetine may be able to enhance cognition in patients with dementia, and enhanced memory and learning in patients with vascular dementia.,
- . A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of the standardized extract SHR-5 of the roots of Rhodiola rosea in the treatment , Planta Med./ABC, ( November 18, 200): According to the authors, this study is the first to show that rhodiola benefits patients with chronic stress-induced fatigue. Additionally, this study is the first to demonstrate clinically that rhodiola benefits stress-induced disorders by modulating cortisol,