What are the Best Supplements to Enhance Mental Focus?
Being on top of your mental energy game is important both on and off the field. Whether you’re gunning to score, blasting through a study session, or a top exec seeking the best ROI, boosting cognitive function and enhancing memory can mean the difference between hitting your goals and falling short. And when brain fog hits there’s reason for concern. Fortunately there are brain supplements available to give you the upper hand.
No need for a doctor’s prescription, we’ve got the insider info on natural ingredients that will clear brain fog, boost mental energy, and improve cognitive function to keep you in the game and at 110%.
MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides, are a type of dietary fat found in abundance in coconut oil. Most other dietary fats consist primarily of long chain fatty acids. The difference between the two is in their structure and how they’re metabolized in the body. Because of MCTs’ shorter structural makeup, they’re metabolized faster than long chain fatty acids, and they’re shuttled to the liver where they’re immediately available as an energy source or turned into ketones. MCT oil has gained popularity because it is believed to have a number of health benefits including weight maintenance and loss, brain function, insulin control, cholesterol control, and increased energy during intense exercise.
One of the most exciting benefits of this super brain supplement is its potential to provide fuel for the brain. Because MCTs, especially C8 Caprylic Acid, can be turned into ketones, and ketones have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, MCTs act as a nourishing energy source for the brain and enhance cognitive function. Ketones enter the brain where they’re used as an immediate energy source helping you to think faster, focus better, and call upon your memory more readily. Brain fog and memory lapses are a thing of the past with MCTs.
The root of the Rhodiola plant is where the potential health benefits lie, and that’s what is used in brain supplements. The active ingredients in the Rhodiola root are adaptogens (help the body and brain adapt to stress) and have the most potential for boosting cognitive function and mental energy. The existing research on Rhodiola is promising and includes benefits such as decreases stress, fights fatigue, reduce symptoms of depression, eases mental fatigue, reduces perceived exertion during tough workouts (i.e. you can work out longer and harder). You can think of Rhodiola as coffee for your brain, minus the jitters. Don’t wakeup without it.
NeuroFactor™ Coffee Berry Extract
The brain is our most precious organ and requires constant protection, especially against normal wear and tear from oxidative stress and free radicals. Chlorogenic acid from NeuroFactor™ Coffee Berry Extract has the right tools for the job, making it an optimal brain supplement to protect and nourish the brain. NeuroFactor™ is a compound derived from the whole fruit of the coffee plant and has been shown to boost the production of a powerful protein in the brain called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF plays a critical role in the development, growth and repair of neurons in the brain. Essentially BDNF helps the brain function optimally while staying youthful longer. Since NeuroFactor™ enhances BDNF, it keeps the brain focused and ensures it’s always up to the job.
Amino Acids: L-Taurine, L-Carnitine and L-Arginine
Check off another bonus box for supplementing with amino acids, specifically L-Taurine, L-Carnitine and L-Arginine. These specialized amino acids help shuttle fats to the mitochondria of brain cells, ultimately optimizing fat metabolism and energy production. This is especially true of L-Carnitine. We already know that dietary fatty acids are important for boosting brain energy. Now we know that pairing them with targeted amino acids, like the ones shown here, will help ensure the fatty acids are metabolized and utilized quickly.
Guayusa extract contains a unique blend of caffeine and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds that provide a bright boost of energy and focus keeping the brain razor sharp. It’s the perfect ingredient to round out our list of cognitive function brain supplements that not only enhance mental focus, but also accelerate you to the top of your game regardless of industry or sport.
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