Brain fog (also known as cognitive dysfunction) is an interesting condition that affects men and women of all ages. Brain fog is characterized by a state of confusion, or a decreased level of clarity. Simply put, it is a condition that can cause forgetfulness and trouble concentrating. It is not technically recognized as a medical disorder, although most health professionals agree that it exists. Brain fog is a real condition and not a reflection of a person’s intelligence.
It can be anything from losing the car keys often to forgetting an answer to a test question you know you know. It can be someone asking you a question and you go blank. It can be forgetting what you are doing. Today surfing the internet can be a form of brain fog. You sit down to research a topic and the next thing you know you have forgotten what you were doing in the first place.
There are several possible causes of brain fog. The first and likely the most common is fatigue. Lack of sleep can wreck havoc on your mind as well as your body. Getting enough sleep is the best way to prevent this condition. That is much easier said than done! Avoiding caffeinated drinks in the evening is a good start. It is also a good idea to keep evening activities as calm as possible. Limiting distractions from the television or computer can also help increase your quality of sleep.
Stress is another common cause of brain fog. Stress can over stimulate the brain and cause all sorts of trouble with concentration and memory. Lowering stress levels is not always easy, but there are several ways to do it. Getting a good night of sleep, eating healthfully and even yoga are all good places to begin.
Nutrient deficiencies are another problem that can lower brain function and lead to brain fog. Eating correctly the most important thing you can do, but sometimes it is not enough. Supplements such as B-vitamins, zinc and omega 3’s can be taken for this problem. Keep in mind that it may take supplements a couple of weeks to build up in your system.
Depression can also lead to brain fog. Exercise is one of the best ways to combat depression. Eating right, sleeping well and exercise are other great ways to ease depression symptoms. Depression can’t always be cured naturally, and it is important to remember that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. Many swear by natural remedies however, and exercise is certainly the best place to start.
There can be other medical conditions that lead to brain fog. These conditions include fibromyalgia, menopause and mercury poisoning. Treating these conditions will often cause an improvement in memory and concentration.
Overall you can probably see a pattern, eating right, sleeping well and exercise will make you feel better both mentally and physically.
Why Gingo Biloba Does Not Work
Ironically gingko biloba is sold as a brain supplement. Gingko biloba is a wonderful ingredient that improves circulation but it does not pass the blood barrier of the brain. This is a common misconception and it shows that folklore often misleads people when taking supplements. Guess what? Gingko biloba has recently been demonstrated to increase circulation in the lower extremities of the body which is amazing because there is truly not an effective drug that can do this. So gingko biloba has its place but not as a brain supplement.
I highly recommend you take the following supplements to off-set brain fog:
- Vinpocetine – 30mg 3 times daily
- Green Tea Extract 98% – 200mg plus daily
- Omega 3: Fish or Krill Oil with high DHA/EPA – 2 grams daily
- Acelyt-l-Carnitine – 300mg to 1000mg daily
- Huperzine A – 5mg daily
There are other supplements, brain vitamins, you can take but these are the best of the best for brain fog. You can find some formulations that include a lot of these in an all-in-one multi-functional supplement. By the way, Vinpocetine is by far the most important one of the bunch. It improves blood circulation and works for the brain pretty much the same way Viagra works for sex. Taking 30mg and no more 3 times daily will really work. I also like this with Green Tea 98% Extract with 50% catechins to help with antioxidant and energy support. A good Omega 3 is critical to brain health.
Steve Bruner is founder and president of Natural Biology Labs. Natural Biology manufactures 100% natural supplements and bases it formulations on the work of Dr. Linus Pauling and ortho-molecular research which seeks to restore the the optimum ecological environment for your body’s cells by correcting imbalances or deficiencies – using 100% pure and natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids, Omega 3s, phytonutrients, probiotics, glyconutrients, extracts, enzymes, and antioxidants.