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Here at NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver, we utilize cutting-edge technologies to help our patients train their brains. Many of our clients are athletes looking to improve their sports performance or recover from a concussion. But our brain training center isn’t just for athletes! Our services include neurofeedback, hyperbaric chamber, Dynavision D2, and GyroStim, which anyone can use to improve their brain health.

In today’s blog, we’ll be talking about brain supplements and listing a few that may support your brain training and overall brain health. As with any type of supplement, be sure to talk with your doctor before using them. Continue reading to learn more and if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our Denver brain center, contact us today

Do brain supplements really work?

Before getting into our list, we wanted to answer a question we get frequently at our brain training center — do supplements really work? Before you take any supplement, it’s important to talk with your doctor. The FDA doesn’t require the makers of supplements to prove they are effective, as long as they don’t make any claims about specific diseases. Instead, you’ll find supplements that “improve memory” or “sharpen focus” or “boost brain power.” That being said, there are some nutrients that do improve brain health, and that’s what we’re sharing with you today. 

Fish Oil

We’ve said it many times before on our blog, and we’ll say it again — fish oil and other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are great for brain health. Taking fish oil supplements has anti-inflammatory effects that may protect the brain against aging and may also improve memory and reaction time. It has also been associated with other benefits, like an improved mood. You can also eat fatty fish like salmon, but if that’s not possible, try taking a fish oil supplement.

Caffeine

There’s a reason why so many people drink coffee in the morning — it boosts your ability to focus. Caffeine is a natural stimulant, and you can find it in tea, coffee, and dark chocolate. It works by stimulating the central nervous system, waking you up and keeping you alert. Taking too much caffeine can have negative effects such as anxiety and difficulty sleeping. 

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is a popular supplement that many people take to improve their brain health. It is said to work by increasing blood flow to the brain in order to improve focus and memory. 

Creatine

Creatine is a supplement that plays a role in energy metabolism and is found naturally in the body. Creatine is found primarily in the muscles, and you can find it in animal products like meat, fish, and eggs. Those who do not eat animal products can supplement their diet with creatine, which can help improve memory and thinking skills. Those who eat meat may not find the same benefits as they are already getting what they need from their diet. 

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is derived from an herb that is used in Chinese medicine to promote brain health. It is thought to work by reducing fatigue, which is similar to the ways in which caffeine boosts brain performance. Results are mixed, and more research needs to be done, but it may help improve thinking skills and reduce fatigue. 

NeuraPerformance Brain Center Denver

Our brain center specializes in brain health, recovery, and brain training. We offer several brain training technologies, including neurofeedback, Dynavision D2, GyroStim, and more. We also perform baseline concussion testing, concussion treatment, and vestibular therapy. Let NeuraPerformance Brain Center in Denver work to help you train your brain to be the best it can be!