There are safe and effective plants out there that can help your mind, call them brain herbs. You might be surprised at what these simple herbs have to offer. However, as people turn more and more to natural remedies to bolster their health researchers are taking a harder look at many of the plants used today. Here’s a look at some of the ones that are good for the brain.
One of the most common and widely used of the herbs for the brain is Ginkgo Biloba. Most people who are at least somewhat familiar with natural supplements have heard of Ginkgo. It is also one of the most studied and tested extracts out there.
Ginkgo is one of a few herbs which stimulate the brain primarily by increasing blood flow to the brain. The brain is one of the single largest consumers of oxygen among the organs of the body. One of the reasons that people lose cognitive ability as they age is that blood flow to the brain decreases as the circulatory system loses efficiency. Ginkgo acts upon the circulatory system to enhance blood flow thereby helping to provide more oxygen to the brain.
Ginkgo is also among a group of brain herbs that help protect nerve cells by acting as an antioxidant. Antioxidants protects cells against damage by free radicals (particles in the body that can harm cells and their DNA). Ginkgo has two compounds in it that operate as antioxidants. It is believed that free radical damage is a contributing factor in the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia as people age. Ginkgo helps to reduce or eliminate the damage to the brain that can cause some of these more serious issues later.
Another on our list of brain herbs is Siberian Ginseng. This is also fairly well known among herbal users. Ginseng works to restore alertness and improve memory functioning. A recent study on Ginseng showed a noticeable improvement in the memory of people who took Ginseng for three months compared to the group who took a placebo.
Ginseng also seems to boost the immune system and works with the body to help it adjust to stressors. This makes it one of the more useful of the herbs for the brain as it is seems to protect it from a broad range of factors.
Our list of brain herbs also includes Gotu Kola. Gotu Kola is a plant that has been used for generations in asia to treat skin diseases, improve mental functioning and treat a host of aliments from wounds to insomnia. Gotu Kola is one of the herbs which stimulate the brain by reducing the processes of anxiety in the brain and increasing clarity and thought processes. Gotu Kola also helps the circulatory process and may be useful for reducing some types of high blood pressure.
Along with Gotu Kola, Passion Flower is another of the herbs for the brain that seem to reduce anxiety and improve overall mood and functioning. It is also given in Europe and other places as a treatment for ADHD. It may also benefit your brain by helping reduce or prevent insomnia allowing for a better night’s sleep.
While all these herbs can be obtained in supplement form by themselves, recent advances in the manufacturing of supplements has led to combination supplements that provide a balanced mixture of these herbs along with other ingredients that benefit the mind. These mind focused supplements should contain the above mentioned brain herbs at a minimum. When choosing a supplement always check with a doctor who is familiar with supplements to ensure that they do not interact with any medications you are on. Also make sure to look for a manufacturer with a reputation for quality and purity of ingredients. However, using a good supplement may go a long way toward empowering your brain.