Herbs That Improve Brain Functions - Enhance Memory,
Intellect, Cognition With Herbs  
by M Roy
prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine that improve various brain functions. Some of the
main herbs are:

Bacopa / Brahmi - This herb has been shown to increase protein kinase activity and
new protein synthesis, in brain cells connected with long term memory. This has been
attributed to Bacosides A and B the main components of this herb. Bacopa helps to
improve the intellect and cognition and is well known in its remarkable effects in
cases of ADD and ADHD. While helping the mind to focus, it also induces a sense of
relaxation.

Gotu Kola / Mandukaparni - Several studies have proven this herb's remarkable
effects in improving brain functions. Along with Bacopa, Gotu kola is considered a
premier herb for stimulating the brain. In one study mentally defficient children were
administered Gotu kola for 3 months. At the end of this period, Binet-Kamat tests
showed that their focus and attention span had increased.

Winter Cherry / Ashwagandha - Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogenic herb that
helps both the mind and body. It aids in relaxation and decreases anxiety, stress and
depression. Ashwagandha extracts have shown gamma-aminobutyric acid
(GABA)-like activity.

Mentat is a herbal ayurvedic formulation composed of the above herbs in addition to
27 other herbs and minerals. It is formulated to boost brain functions, improve
memory and concentration while at the same time helping to calm and relax the
individual. Mentat can be taken as a daily brain tonic and has also been found in
various clinical studies to be beneficial in cases of ADD, ADHD, depression, early
Alzheimer's disease and early Parkinson's disease.


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Just like other organs of the body,
the brain needs to be exercised and
stimulated in order to keep
functioning at peak levels. The brain
can be exercised by various activities
such as learning a new language,
solving puzzles, engaging in new
activities, interacting socially. Studies
have also shown that even surfing
the internet has very beneficial effects
on the brain in areas such as
language, visual, reading and memory
skills as well as working memory and
decision-making.

There are also certain herbs
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