Many people worry about memory loss that sometimes occurs with advancing age. Even younger adults want to enhance their ability to recall facts and information at school or work. To boost memory, sharpen focus and increase cognitive functions, you may have considered recommending a dietary supplement. These products often include ingredients like Omega-3 fatty acids, ginseng and vitamin E as well as amino acids, such as acetyl-L-carnitine.
Before adding any memory supplement to a patient’s diet, you should have a consult with them to review the ingredients and provide information on possible negative side effects. Just because a label says that the product is all-natural does not mean that it is necessarily safe for someone. A seemingly innocuous supplement can harm one’s health. Many supplements contain active ingredients that can have a strong biological effect on the body. Some ingredients, such as binders and fillers, may cause an allergic reaction or an adverse interaction with other medications that they may already be taking.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate memory supplements. This lack of oversight can make it difficult for patients to assess the purity, strength and safety of many over-the-counter memory aids. Supplement manufacturers are only required to produce and label their products according to the current Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines and regulations. The best way to avoid potential complications is to use physician-approved pharmaceutical grade supplements for memory loss.
Known as nutraceuticals, these doctor-trusted products are not available in health food stores. They undergo stringent FDA regulatory review as well as testing for safety and efficacy. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention evaluates and grades each product according to strict purity guidelines. These high-quality supplements contain pure vitamins, minerals and amino acids. They are also manufactured without the use of binders, fillers, dyes and other chemicals. Unlike over-the-counter products that may contain varying quantities of active ingredients, nutraceuticals have consistent concentrations. This uniformity enables doctors to administer precise dosages based on a patient’s individual circumstance.
If you are interested in nutraceuticals or supplements for memory, we invite you to contact us. A healthy lifestyle that includes restful sleep, regular exercise and a well-balanced diet enhanced with the right nutraceutical supplements can help increase your patient’s cognitive function and improve their memory.