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Could you tell me a good brain supplement?

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Dr. Alon Seifan
Neurology 13 years experience
Chocolate: Chocolate is a healthy desert. Darker the better. It increases blood flow and has been shown to be associated with lower risk of stroke. Hot cocoa works too.

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A 25-year-old male asked:

Are brain supplement pills any good for you? Does it even help ?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
VERY SKEPTICAL: Many preparations are sold in local vitamin stores, and online from health sites. Do not really find any rationale for any of the brain supplements, and most of these products are not only bogus, but may not even contain the purported ingredients when measured (see consumers union re gingko). Would advise saving your money!
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Hurrah for Dr. Machanic. If we could harness the funds spent on this junk we could make a dent in the National debt. Write your congressman to institute legislation to help control the outrageous claims made by these purveyors of worthless plants and chemicals.
May 8, 2013
A 43-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, could anyone recommend a brain supplement for me?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Caveat: Beware of marketing and claims, as there is truly no effective "brain supplement". Instead focus on good sleep hygiene, healthy dietary intake, treatment of infections when present, regular aerobic exercise, times of relaxation and distressing, spending some time outside on sunny days, and socializing regularly.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there any proven supplements that would be good for brain regeneration?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Food Yes, Sup. No.: Key here is “proven”. While several things are marketed, there are no large clinical trials to evaluate safety & efficacy. Even the rx agents for dementia & Alzheimer's ds are too ineffective to see benefit on an individual basis; evidence only within comparative testing between placebo vs. Tx groups. Currently, brain function too complex, understanding too limited. Slightly better evid. About foods.

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