|2020 ||Factors For Lower Risk of Dementia (06/27/2020)|
Factors For Lower Risk of Dementia
| ||Lower Risk of Dementia Through Foods (05/26/2020)|
Lower Risk of Dementia Through Foods
| ||Dark Chocolate for Memory? (04/05/2020)|
Dark Chocolate for Memory?
Studies show that chocolate high in flavanols can improve cognition in people with cognitive decline. Can it also boost memory in people who are cognitively healthy? Find out in the Memory
section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Powders Review. Also see our Top Picks
for dark chocolates and cocoa powders.
| ||Problems With Huperzine A (02/04/2020)|
Problems With Huperzine A
| ||Pomegranate for Memory? (02/01/2020)|
Pomegranate juice and supplements have been promoted for improving cardiovascular health, controlling blood sugar, and inhibiting prostate cancer. Most recently pomegranate juice was tested in a year-long study for its effects on memory. Find out if it helped, and see if it works for other touted uses, in the What It Does
section of the Pomegranate Juice and Supplements Review Article.
| ||PQQ for Athletic Endurance? (01/18/2020)|
PQQ for Athletic Endurance?
|2019 ||Huperzine A for Memory? (12/10/2019)|
Huperzine A is often touted as a memory-enhancing supplement. Find out if it helped in a recent study of people with traumatic brain injuries in the What It Does
section of the Huperzine A Supplements Review. Also see our top choice for Huperzine A
| ||B Vitamins for Cognition (11/29/2019)|
Increasing vitamin B-12 intake by those deficient in B-12 can help slow age-related declines in memory and cognition, but the dose needs to be sufficient, as suggested by a recent study. For details see the Memory, Cognition, and Alzheimer's Disease
section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks
for B-12 and other B Vitamins.
| ||Magnesium-L-Threonate for Memory? (11/23/2019)|
Magnesium-L-Threonate for Memory?
What is the evidence that a special form of magnesium helps people with memory and concentration impairment? Find out in the Dementia and cognition
section of the Magnesium Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks
among magnesium supplements.
| ||Concern With Ginkgo (11/16/2019)|
The use of Ginkgo biloba has been associated with an electrolyte imbalance. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions
section of the Ginkgo Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick
| ||Fish Oil to Improve Cognition? (10/08/2019)|
Fish Oil to Improve Cognition?
See the results of the most recent study of fish oil to improve memory and cognition in the Memory Enhancement
section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks
for fish oil.
| ||Better Memory With Lutein? (10/05/2019)|
Better Memory With Lutein?
Lutein is often taken as a supplement to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration
. However, a study in college students suggests that supplementation with lutein may also improve aspects of memory and cognitive functioning. For details, see the What It Does
section of our Vision Supplements Review.
| ||Does Green Tea Prevent Cognitive Decline? (09/24/2019)|
Does Green Tea Prevent Cognitive Decline?
Does drinking green tea reduce the risk of cognitive decline and, if so, how much do you have to drink? A multi-year study addressed this question. See the results in the Memory and Cognition
section of the Green Tea Review. Also see our Top Picks
for green tea.
| ||Omega-3s for Cognition? (09/17/2019)|
Several studies have attempted to boost cognition and memory in healthy people using omega-3 supplements from fish or krill oil. Find out if they succeeded, including a recent study among adolescents, in the Memory Enhancement in Healthy Individuals
section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks
| ||Does Tart Cherry Improve Memory? (07/13/2019)|
Does Tart Cherry Improve Memory?
|2018 ||Can Vitamin D Boost Cognition? (11/27/2018)|
Can Vitamin D Boost Cognition?
| ||Resveratrol for Memory? (06/09/2018)|
Does taking resveratrol improve memory in older men and women? See the results of the most recent study in the What It Does
section of the Resveratrol Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks
among resveratrol supplements.
| ||Fish Oil for Cognition? (04/21/2018)|
Does giving older people a high dose of fish oil help them with memory and thinking? A recent study helped answer this question. Get the answer and details in the What It Does
section of the Fish Oil Supplements Review.
| ||Matcha Green Tea for Memory & Cognition? (02/27/2018)|
Matcha Green Tea for Memory & Cognition?
Can drinking matcha green tea enhance memory or have other cognitive benefits? Find out what a recent study showed in the Memory and Cognition
section of the Green Tea Review.
| ||Lutein and Zeaxanthin Improve Memory (01/16/2018)|
Lutein and Zeaxanthin Improve Memory
Lutein and zeaxanthin may help to slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration in people with low blood levels of lutein. A new study suggests these compounds may have another benefit -- improving memory in some people. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Vision Supplements Review >>
(Also see our top choices
| ||B12 for Cognition (01/13/2018)|
Numerous studies show that getting adequate intake of B vitamins, such as B12, and, perhaps, omega-3 fatty acids from fish, may slow age-related declines in memory and cognition. But not everyone should expect a benefit, as shown in a recent study. For details, see the Memory, Cognition, and Alzheimer's Disease
section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks
|2017 ||Folic Acid for Cognition (12/23/2017)|
Giving folic acid to older people with relatively low levels of blood folate resulted in improved cognitive performance, according to a recent study. For details, see the "Memory, Cognition, and Alzheimer's Disease" section in the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>
(Also see our Top Picks
for folate and other B vitamin supplements.)
| ||Skin Rash from Ginkgo (12/12/2017)|
Although not common, be aware that skin reactions have been reported from taking Ginkgo biloba. The most recent report involved a young man who experienced symptoms the same day he began taking a popular ginkgo supplement. See the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Ginkgo Supplements Review >>
| ||Curcumin for Memory (11/10/2017)|
There is mixed evidence on whether or not curcumin helps improve memory. A recently published study found that a proprietary formula helped, although, last year, a study using a different formula failed to help. In both cases, certain side effects were more common among those taking curcumin than placebo. Get the details in the "What It Does" section of the Turmeric & Curcumin Supplements Review >>
[Also see our Top Picks
for dark chocolate bars in the Review.]
| ||Dark Chocolate for Memory (11/08/2017)|
Dark Chocolate for Memory
Short-term studies suggest that large doses of cocoa flavanols improve certain aspects of memory and cognition. A new study suggests that long-term habitual intake of dark chocolate, which is rich in flavanols, can also help. For more information, see the "What It Does" section of the Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Review >>
[Also see our Top Picks
for dark chocolate bars in the Review.]
| ||B Vitamins for Memory (11/04/2017)|
Many studies suggest that adequate intake of B vitamins slows age-related declines in memory and cognition. This was recently shown again in a study in England. Find out which B vitamins help, and how much you need, in the "What It Does" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>
[Also see our Top Picks
for B vitamin supplements in the Review.]
| ||Niacinamide for Alzheimer's Disease? (09/19/2017)|
Niacinamide for Alzheimer's Disease?
Niacinamide (a form of niacin) has been promoted as a way to protect against memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease – a claim based on studies in mice. A recent study put this to the test in people. See the results in the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>
| ||Tea Drinking Associated with Less Cognitive Decline (03/18/2017)|
Tea Drinking Associated with Less Cognitive Decline
|2016 ||Cocoa Lowers Blood Sugar (10/22/2016)|
| ||Ginkgo for Memory and Cognition? (08/17/2016)|
Ginkgo for Memory and Cognition?
A branded ginkgo biloba extract improved a measure of cognition in men and women with self-reported memory impairment -- but did not
improve memory. Get the details, plus more about the evidence for ginkgo and our tests of products, in the Ginkgo Biloba Supplements Review >>
| ||Green Tea & Cognition (06/18/2016)|
Green tea consumption has been associated with a lower prevalence of cognitive impairment in older adults. However, a recent study evaluating the effects of a green tea powder on older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia failed to show a benefit. For more information, see the "What It Does" section of the Green Tea Review >>
| ||Curcumin and Cognition (04/23/2016)|
| ||Omega-3's May Be Important in Preventing Cognitive Decline (01/20/2016)|
Omega-3's May Be Important in Preventing Cognitive Decline
We have reported in the past that a certain combination of B vitamins slowed cognitive decline as well as brain shrinkage in older people. Now, further analyses finds that these benefits only occurred in people having certain blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids (as found in fish oil). Get the details in the B Vitamins Supplements Review >>
|2015 ||Are Green Tea Pills Safe? (08/25/2015)|
Are Green Tea Pills Safe?
Studies have suggested that extracts of green tea can reduce the risk of certain cancers, improve memory, shrink uterine fibroids, and even help with weight reduction. However, liver toxicity has been a concern with green tea extracts. A large, government-funded study recently found that pills of green tea extract can be safe for many people, but some may experience adverse reactions, including elevated liver enzymes. Get the details in the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Green Tea Review
, along with information about what green tea does
and our tests of green tea extracts, brewable teas, and beverages >>
| ||Cocoa Increases Blood Flow to Brain (08/19/2015)|
Cocoa Increases Blood Flow to Brain
A small study found that drinking a cocoa drink high in flavanols significantly increased blood flow to the brain, which, the researchers propose, might have potential cognitive benefits. Get the details, including dosage, plus more about cocoa and memory, and our tests of popular products, in the Cocoa Supplements and Dark Chocolate Review >>
| ||Cocoa for Memory (06/10/2015)|
Cocoa flavanols have been shown in some studies to provide a cardiovascular benefit and, in older individuals, memory improvement. A recent study in younger men and women showed that daily use of a cocoa extract had little effect on memory and no cardiovascular benefit, although it did improve mental fatigue shortly after taking the extract. Learn more about the effects of cocoa, dosage, and see our tests and reviews of cocoa products in the Cocoa Powders, Dark Chocolate, Extracts, Nibs, & Supplements Review >>
|2014 ||Turmeric for Memory (11/22/2014)|
A new study shows a modest benefit of turmeric on short-term memory among older individuals with pre-diabetes. Details about the study and dosage used, as well as results of our tests of popular products, are found in the Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements Review >>
| ||Do B Vitamins Boost Memory? (11/16/2014)|
Do B Vitamins Boost Memory?
This week, a study was reported in the media suggesting that taking vitamin B-12 and folic acid does not help with memory. But a closer look at this and related studies shows a benefit for some people. Get the details, plus our tests and comparisons of B-vitamin supplements, in the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>
| ||Resveratrol for Memory? (06/11/2014)|
A new study suggests that resveratrol may improve aspects of memory, as well as glucose control, in overweight individuals. For more information about the study and dosage, as well as our tests and comparisons of resveratrol supplements, see the update to the Resveratrol Supplements Review >>
| ||Does Green Tea Improve Memory? (04/13/2014)|
Does Green Tea Improve Memory?
This week, news sources reported that a study found green tea helps working memory. While green tea may have benefits, a closer look at this study suggests the news was exaggerated and misleading. For details about the study (and information about other effects of green tea and our tests of green tea supplements, teas, and drinks) see the update in the Green Tea Supplements, Drinks and Teas Review >>
|2013 ||More Evidence of What Multivitamins Don't Do (12/22/2013)|
More Evidence of What Multivitamins Don't Do
Several new studies about multivitamins were published this week. The bottom line: In well-nourished people, multivitamins don't reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease or overall-mortality, nor improve cognition and memory. Although some studies have suggested a modest benefit in reducing the risk of certain cancers, no clear cancer benefit for multivitamins has been established. For more information, see the updates to the Multivitamins and Multimineral Supplements Review >>
| ||Does Ginkgo Cause Cancer? (04/21/2013)|
Does Ginkgo Cause Cancer?
According to a new study from the government, animals given an extract of Ginkgo biloba
for two years developed cancers of the thyroid and liver. Should you be concerned? See the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Ginkgo Biloba Supplements Review
for more information, as well our assessment of ginkgo's usefulness, and our tests of ginkgo supplements
|2012 ||Higher Vitamin Level May Slow Cognitive Decline (12/16/2012)|
Higher Vitamin Level May Slow Cognitive Decline
An 8-year study of people in their 70's found that cognitive functioning (memory and other mental skills) declined faster among those with lower blood levels of vitamin B-12 compared to those with higher levels. Particularly surprising was that 40%
of the people in the study fell into the lower B-12 group, many of whom had levels which would not normally define them as deficient in B-12. This and other recent studies suggest a role for vitamin B-12 in minimizing cognitive decline in older people. For details, see the updated B Vitamin Supplements Review
. More >>
| ||Fish Oil Helps Memory (10/28/2012)|
A small study of healthy young women and men found that those with the highest levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA in their red blood cells scored better on a memory test than those with lower levels. After six months of supplementation with a certain fish oil supplement, scores improved -- particularly among those whose DHA levels had been lowest. See the Fish Oil (Omega-3) Supplements Review
for details about this study, the particular supplement used, what fish oil can and cannot do, and our quality ratings of products. More >>
| ||Does Ginkgo Improve Memory? (09/30/2012)|
Does Ginkgo Improve Memory?
The evidence for Ginkgo biloba
in preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease and other dementias has become fairly negative. But is there still hope for its use in improving memory in healthy individuals? The answer seems to be in, according to a new analysis of 10 placebo-controlled trials in healthy people. Get the answer in the update to the Ginkgo Supplements Review
| ||Ginkgo Fails Alzheimer's Trial (09/09/2012)|
Ginkgo Fails Alzheimer's Trial
Over two thousand people with memory complaints were given Ginkgo biloba
extract or placebo as part of a five-year study. The results, published this week, showed no difference between the groups in the percentage who eventually developed Alzheimer's disease or dementia. See how this compares to other studies of ginkgo in the updated Ginkgo Biloba Supplements Review
, which includes our tests and reviews of ginkgo products. More >>
| ||B-12 and Folic Acid for Memory (01/08/2012)|
B-12 and Folic Acid for Memory
Small but significant improvements in short and long-term memory were found to occur in older people (aged 60 to 74) given modest daily amounts of vitamin B-12 and folic acid. But don't expect immediate results. Improvements were seen only after 2 years of supplementation. See the update in the B Vitamins Review
for the dosage used, as well as our ratings of supplements with vitamin B-12 and folic acid.