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A Guide to Natural Supplements that Enhance Your Mind, Memory, and Mood
by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Trade Paperback - ISBN 0312195842
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St. Martin’s Press
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 Everything you need to know about Mind Boosters
Over the past few years, dozens of new natural supplements have been introduced that promise to enhance mental function. It may be quite daunting for you to walk into a vitamin store and see shelves and shelves of products that claim to improve memory, intelligence, mood, and mental performance. Many of these products are also promoted as playing a positive role in preventing or treating certain psychiatric and neurological disorders.

How do you determine which of these supplements is appropriate for you? And how do you decide how much to take, in what combinations, how often, and for how long? The whole process is admittedly complicated. Even health care practitioners experienced in nutritional therapy can?t make complete sense of it all.

In Mind Boosters, I report breakthrough research showing how diet, nutrients, herbs, and supplements can help you not only improve your intelligence, memory, vision, creativity, sexual enjoyment, energy, mood, productivity, and overall mental achievement, but also how to prevent and reverse age-related mental decline.

In parts I and II of Mind Boosters, I explain how the brain works, the various brain chemicals, such as acetylcholine, serotonin, and dopamine, involved in memory, mood, sex drive, and learning, and the top ten principles of mind boosting. Reading this section is very important before you start taking various combinations of mind boosters.

In part III, I give practical suggestions on how to improve mental health in natural ways through diet, deep sleep, mental exercises and other methods.

Part IV is divided into nine chapters. Each chapter has a thorough discussion of various supplements that boost the mind. Some of these include fish oils, EPA and DHA, phosphatidylserine, choline, cdp-choline, B vitamins and their coenzymes, NADH, methyl donors such as DMG, TMG, DMAE, and SAMe, old and new antioxidants, carnitine, acetyl-l-carnitine, lipoic acid, CoQ10, amino acids and related nutrients such as 5-HTP and tyrosine, memory and sex boosting hormones such as DHEA and pregnenolone, and psychoactive herbs such as ashwagandha, ginkgo, huperzine A, kava, maca, reishi, St. John?s wort, vinpocetine, and others.

I have taken every one of these supplements and report to you my personal experiences and findings on how they influence alertness, memory, mood, motivation, creativity, relaxation, libido, and whether they have side effects. I also include reports from users of these supplements and interviews with experts.

Part V is entitled "Staying Smart After School." The first chapter discusses a mind-boosting strategy for those aged 25 to 40. The second chapter focuses on those aged 41 to 60, while the third chapter provides guidelines for preventing and reversing age-related mental decline in those ages 61 and over. The last part of the book has four chapters.

The first chapter informs how natural supplements can be combined to improve mood, fight depression and reduce the need for pharmaceutical drugs.

The second chapter is unique. It will tell you which supplements and in what dosages enhance visual perception, brightness of colors, and overall clarity of vision.

The third chapter provides a review of scientific articles regarding the role of nutrients in helping those with Alzheimer?s disease while the last chapter gives practical nutritional advice for those with Parkinson?s disease. The book ends with a glossary and full set of scientific references. Mind Boosters is one of the most comprehensive and practical books ever written on natural supplements that improve mental function.

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