Vitamin for Memory: Phosphatidylserine(PS)

By M. Chris Wolf, PH.D.

A vitamin for memory and exercise may improve mental clarity, enhance memory, and improve mental sharpness and preserve your quality of life. Brain vitamins may help.

NOTE: B vitamins can be a helpful adjunct to memory and brain health.

Research has shown that taking a vitamin for memory combined with exercise and some supplements can have a beneficial effects on the brain.

In a study reported in the British Journal of Psychology in 1990, Phosphatidylserine or (PS) was shown to significantly increase name and face association. Evidence has also mounted to suggest that physical and mental exercise may work with PS to make forgetfulness – such as drawing a blank when trying to associate a name with a face – a thing of the past.

As noted elsewhere on Memory Loss Facts, physical exercise has great benefit for the brain. For example, a 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that walking as a form of physical exercise increased mental functioning in older women.

For more information see:

Improve My Memory

Vitamins for Memory - Do they help?

Also see Health Vitamins Supplements

What about Memory Pills?

Exercise Benefits

Also see Brain Supplements

Mental exercises stimulate neural development and reinforce older connections in the brain. This preserves brain fitness and enhances memory. Mental exercises can be programmed such as brain fitness software or a brain game can be playing card games, reading, learning a musical instrument or completing crossword puzzles.

For more information see these pages:

Brain Plasticity

Brain Fitness Program

Brain Games

Memory Strategies and Technology

As we have discussed elsewhere on Memory Loss Facts, here are really two larger issues involved with memory vitamins or supplements for memory loss. First, certain vitamin deficiencies can actually cause memory loss. These include Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Thiamine Deficiency.

Second, there is some evidence that certain supplements or vitamins can improve cognitive or memory performance. Another vitamin for memory might include PS, DMAE, Acetyl L-carnitine or others.

Thus, good nutrition, mental and physical exercise, stress reduction and as appropriate supplementation can be important ingredients in overall brain health and memory preservation.

Some brain researchers believe that combining physical and mental exercises can really boost the brains power. Thus, engaging in the above activities together may actually be more powerful. The idea is that you are incorporating thinking and mental activity with exercise.

Whether you are in your 20s, 40s, 60s or beyond, incorporating a neuronutrient such as PS with your brain health pillars of exercise, stress reduction and mental activity may be just what the doctor ordered. Remember, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

For more information about this topic consider these resources:

Memory Boosters For The Brain: Really Helpful Memory Improvement Tips Including Vitamins For The Brain And Brain Exercises To Improve Memory And Concentration ... And Valuable Ideas Without Forgetting It by Andrea S. Salzer

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