What you need to know before buying these 5 supplements and vitamins for memory

Supplements and vitamins for memory: do they work?

There are many products in the market for those who're looking for ways to strengthen their memory. These often come in the shape of vitamins and supplements, but are they useful? Here's how some of these products work and whether they show real results or not.

Gingko Biloba

This herbal supplement was tried in several studies to prevent or slow down dementia and memory loss, but the results only showed possible benefits for users who already have dementia. Gingko Biloba, as any other herbal supplement, is advised to be used carefully because it isn't limited to vitamins or molecules you'd normally get from food.


You can find Asian or Panax Ginseng by itself or together with Gingko Biloba as Gincosan. It's another herbal supplement that also hasn't solidly proven its ability to protect people's memories. Just like the last supplement, it can have interaction issues with other medicines and/or risky side effects.

Ginseng is another herbal supplement whose effects on memory protection haven't been proven significantly.

Vitamin B12

Doctors check the levels of vitamin B12 by people with memory issues due to the brain's necessity of this vitamin in order to work properly. Those with B12 deficiency will most likely be recommended to get some supplements to get their optimal levels back up. However, if you have a healthy amount of B12 in your body, an extra boost with supplements won't strengthen your memory.

Omega-3 fatty acids

There's been some research that shows how useful omega-3 fatty acids are for brain building and memory, but not on large studies. Even though these fatty acids can have positive indirect effects on cognitive function, for example, through the brain, there's not enough research done to confirm their memory-strengthen abilities.

Omega-3 fatty acids supplements haven't proven to help memory in studies conducted in a large group.

Vitamin E

Many people choose vitamin E supplements because they believe that this substance, as an antioxidant, will help prevent brain damages that result in memory loss. However, only diets rich in vitamin E showed significant results in slowing cognitive decline; supplements made no difference.

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