The Memory-Boosting Vitamins a Neurologist Swears By

Sacha Strebe

Do you have those moments where you forget where your glasses are, only to realize they've been on top of your head the whole time? Or do you look everywhere for your cell phone when it's been in your back pocket all along? While this everyday forgetfulness feels normal, adding supplements to your regimen can help maximize your mental recall and focus. Of course, a nutrient-dense diet is always preferred, but sometimes life (and work) gets in the way of our health goals, and we don't consume the number of calories and minerals our body and mind needs. So when we can't get it through diet, what are some of the supplements we should be taking to improve memory?

To find out, we turned to Dan Engle, MD, board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, to provide some clarity on the vitamins that will help us reach optimal brain function. "These agents are called 'nootropics,' which generally translates to mean memory and/ or cognitive enhancers," he told MyDomaine. "Some people will try these single agents one by one, and while this helps to identify a person's direct experience with each one individually, their full benefits are usually seen when used [smartly] in combination with one another." He says this can be done by creating a "comprehensive formula" from scratch or what is known as a "nootropic stack"—the combination of two or more supplements that have beneficial effects on memory, learning, focus, or motivation.

If you do start taking them, Engle recommends doing so in the morning and afternoon but not in the evening, as they "can cause insomnia if taken too late." Examples of two of the better formula "stacks" on the market are Alpha Brain by Onnit and Qualia by Neuro Hacker Collective. Intrigued to know more? Below Engle shares the supplements for memory, right down to the nitty-gritty.

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