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The Benefits of Gingko Biloba, Not Just Memory. the Neurological Benefits for Adhd, Stroke, Dementia, and Dyslexia.

I hold my degree in pharmacy, as well as a background, and training in the use of supplements.


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I have read that gingko does increase memory. Per recent studies, Gingko helps with oxidative damage, as well as healing the brain, as in cases of stroke. By clearing oxidation, and healing of lesions, the brain will rejuvenate, and increase memory. The miss firing that happens in cases of stroke, dementia, and Dyslexia are thereby reduced. Improved response, memory, and function were significantly improved.

Also, keeping active mentally, will help. Such as crossword puzzles, reading on subjects that interest you. Developing a new hobby, would also keep your brain sharp. Memory loss has been linked to a B complex vitamin deficiency, specifically B-12, and B-6, especially in older adults. Due to two factors, either a lack of it in their diet, or the intrinsic factor. As we age, we are unable to utilize our food, and supplements. Therefore, B-12 shots are very effective, as are sublingual supplements.

The symptoms of B-12 deficiency are bone loss, chronic fatigue, dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears, paranoia, and numbness, as well as memory loss. There are two forms of B-12, cyanocobalamin, and methylcobalamin. Cyanocobalamin, though inexpensive, is not easily absorbed. Methylcobalamin, is easily absorbed, but the more expensive one. The recommended dosage is 500-1000 mcg, once, or twice daily. This vitamin is water soluble, the excess is not stored in the body, therefore you cannot overdose. Sublingual is the most recommended by researchers. Placed under the tongue, this route of administration, is directly into the blood stream. Weekly, B-12 injections are also an option. Administered through your physician.

Excerpt from pub med published 2003- the benefits of B-6 For Cognitive Thinking

Micronutrient status can affect cognitive function at all ages. Vitamin deficiencies could influence memory function and might contribute to age-associated cognitive impairment and dementia. Vitamin B6, comprising three chemically distinct compounds pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine, is involved in the regulation of mental function and mood. Vitamin B6 is also an essential homocysteine re-methylation cofactor, and deficiency is associated with increase in blood homocysteine levels. (increase risk of heart attack)

Meaning that just a vitamin B-6 deficiency could lead to decline in any mental function, including ADHD. The most helpful in this condition has been b-6, magnesium, and fish oil supplementation. Having the child tested for food, and additive allergy, has also been helpful.

Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, can be a contributing factor. The brain requires a proper level of glucose in the blood to function properly. A diet high in refined foods, will not feed the brain. The amino acid, L-glutamine, has been found to help this condition, by healing the intestines. Malabsorption, and leaky gut syndrome, are a contributing factor to hypoglycemia. If you are unable to utilize nutrients, it would effect all aspects of the body. L-glutamine, also rids the brain of excess ammonia, thereby increasing brain function. I, myself, have used this supplement, with no ill effects. The dosage is dependent upon the condition. Usually, 500-1000 mg per day. The added benefit, is it reduces the craving for sweets. Hypoglycemia, is a vicious circle, the low you experience, is dependent upon your last meal. The more sugar you consume, the lower your low will be. ( A sugar crash) Innositol is another wonderful supplement, used for the hypoglycemic, a B vitamin. Purchase in powder form, you may use this, as often as needed, cannot overdose, as it is not stored in the body.

Chlorella, is newly being touted as a memory booster. As I have not used this particular supplement, I cannot say for sure that it truly works. Being a high source of B-12 and chlorophyll, it would stand to reason, that it would help. Chlorella is an algae, that cleanses the bloodstream of toxins. During my research on this supplement, it has been found to bind to heavy metals, such as mercury, and remove them from the body. Therefore, if toxins are the culprit, it would increase memory. There have been numerous studies, with aluminum being a contributing factor to Alzheimers, the research should be in that arena. Other benefits of this supplement include anti-inflammatory, joint restructuring, and longevity properties. Available through Dr. Rosenbaum.

Another recommended supplement is pregnenolone. John Morley, MD states, " clearly and by far the most potent of the neurosteroids, for improving memory by light years. It has a much broader memory response than any of the other neurosteriods. This makes it almost an ideal agent for looking at memory and the consequences of the age related deterioration of memory." Pretty impressive. The side effects reported are overstimulation at higher doses. Recommended to take in the morning, and only 50mg. The chart illustrates how your body converts cholesterol into pregnenolone. Another good reason to supplement with good fats. Extensive research has not been done on this supplement, consult a physician before proceeding. Steroids, be they natural or synthetic, can have consequences. With every round of a synthetic steroid, expect to gain 5 pounds, and for your blood pressure to go up at least five points.

The brain, being made up of 70 percent fat, requires good fats to function properly. Omega 3's, are such fats. A deficiency would lead to impaired brain function. Found in fish oil, nuts, avocado, and seeds. Can also be taken in supplement form. Recommended dosage is 1000mg per day. It is a blood thinner, so be careful, do not combine with warfarin, coumadin, or any other blood thinner. Our obsession with being thin, has lead us to cutting out all fat. A big mistake. We cannot think without it, so therefore, it is a required nutrient. Coconut oil is an easy way to add the good fats to our diets. It has a mild flavor, easily substituted into any recipe, for your normal oils. Your body cannot utilize hydrogenated fats, therefore it stores it as extra pounds, or in your arteries as plaque. Also, cutting out fat, will make you crave sugar, and carbs, resulting in weight gain. Your binges on such food is your body telling you, I need good fat.

The basis for good health, including brain function, are based on choices. Be they the food we eat, the supplements we take, or the life we lead. Make good, informed choices.

*** A word of caution, if you take blood thinners, such as Coumadin, consult a physician before starting any regime. Omega 3 and Gingko are both blood thinners, as well as other herbal supplements. Interaction can be checked at I have included a link at the bottom of the page.****

Information taken from Depression Free Naturally

Symptoms of hypoglycemia





mental confusion


lack of concentration


hunger after meals

among many others

This chart was reproduced from Women's Health Connection Newsletter
P.O. Box 6338, Madison, WI 53716

Metabolism of cholesterolto pregnenolone




















testosterone and


estriol, estrone,

other androgens

and other estrogens

Information from Nutritional Healing and Depression Free Naturally.

Symptoms of B-12 deficiencySources of nutrient





poor concentration





dairy products

poor memory


bone loss


chronic fatigue






inflammation of the tongue


among many others


The studies of Gingko on memory, and function

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Supplement to Increase Mental Sharpness

The Benefits of Tyrosine

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is helpful in numerous applications. Tyrosine is the precursor for adrenaline, and the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, and dopamine. It also regulates metabolism, as well as increases it, and helps suppress appetite as well. By binding with iodine, produces active thyroid hormone.

So, helpful with low energy, weight loss, hypothyroidism, as well as depression.

Tyrosine is found in the following foods: Almonds, avocados, dairy, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.

Aminos are not for everyone. Anyone taking an MOA, or anti depressants, those under the age of 18, and any one taking a thyroid hormone medication, as well as those with a history of liver, or kidney problems, should not take any AMINO, as this is where aminos are metabolized. As tyrosine increases adrenaline, any one with a history of seizures, anxiety, or panic attacks, heart disease, should consult their health care provider, before proceeding with this supplement.

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My Lupus Regime


My Lupus Story

I have utilized many of the supplements, and Protocol mentioned above, in the treatment of Lupus. An auto immune disease, that affects many systems, including brain fog. I used flaxseed, an Omega 3 fatty acid, as well as L-glutamine, to help with brain function.I have also used Gingko, with no side affects. I did not use all together, I switched between L glutamine, and gingko for about two months, until brain function improved.

I contracted the condition 20 years ago, after an allergic reaction to Augmentin. Prescribed for a severe sore throat, three antibiotics in one pill.

Among the most effective for me was magnesium, D3, and flax seed oil. D3 acts as a hormone in the body, and regulates immune function. Magnesium to ease pain, and muscle spasms. D3 to calm the immune system. Flaxseed oil, to help regulate hormones, and clear brain fog. Olive leaf, and grapefruit seed extract, as an anti infective. Cycling through each, one month at a time. Do not take both, as it is too strong. Choose 1 for each month. Taken for as long as infection is present. I ran a low grade fever for two years. A sign of infection.

Juicing was also beneficial, with fresh fruits, and vegetables. Adding more protein with yogurt, nuts, and seeds.

There is no cure for Lupus, mine is currently in remission. I have experienced flares, when I don't take care of myself, but never as bad as the initial phase. I still maintain a basic supplement plan. A multivitamin, no iron, D3, B12, and curcumin, as needed for pain. Sage tea if I have had a stressful day, very calming, helps with insomnia. 1 tsp. in one cup of hot water, found in the spice isle.


Always check for interaction, and side affects before starting any supplement regime.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Sherrie Gill


Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on August 08, 2013:

You"re welcome erorantes, from florida. All of the supplements listed have been found to be very effective in the treatment of many skin conditions. Thank you for your kind words

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on August 08, 2013:

I Ms.Artist101; I like your article about the vitamines.Thanks for sharing the information.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on August 31, 2012:

Thank you for all the kind incouragement.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on August 25, 2012:

I just recently recommended L-Glutamine for esophageal problems. Difficulty swallowing, scar tissue, and ulcer. Results where seen in 3 days.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 24, 2012:

Thank you, I try to keep it simple and straight forward.

elanger333 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 24, 2012:

Great hub. I liked how you explained everything in terms everyone can appreciate.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 20, 2012:

Thank you, I'm glad to help.

penlady from Sacramento, CA on May 20, 2012:

This is my first time reading your hub and I'm really glad that I did. This is such great and important information that must be shared with others. Thanks for the hub. Voted up and useful.

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