Brain Health, Focus, & Memory Supplements
There is no shortage of distractions in our busy world—at any given moment, we get to take our pick. The downside of the myriad of distractions is that it may compromise our concentration, mental focus, and cognitive function; in fact, science supports this claim. This holds true for children as well as adults. How to stay focused is genuinely a health topic for discussion.
An Ayurvedic Perspective
Vata dosha governs the nervous system and kinetic energy. It is composed of the elements air and space. It is responsible for movement and communication; consider the flexibility of the mind, the flow of breath, and the lightning speed of nerve impulses—this is vata. But what happens when there is too much movement, too much information, too much distraction? This is when we start to feel anxious, scattered, and forgetful. Vata left unchecked leads to greater neurological disturbance, and, eventually, ill health. From an Ayurvedic perspective, the way we bring balance to vata, to calm our mind and our bodies, is to slow down. We limit the movement, the input of information, and the number of distractions. Improving your focus, memory, and cognitive function starts with taking care of vata dosha.
Improving Memory, Ayurvedically
In all aspects of health, Ayurveda takes into consideration the whole being. The self is not divided into parts and symptoms, but rather it is looked at as an integrated aspect of nature. Thus, how to improve your memory becomes a question of your entire well-being. This concept need not be overwhelming. It simply means that addressing health and its variables becomes a wholistic endeavor, with lifestyle practices at the core. Here are a few Ayurvedic suggestions aimed at supporting the body, mind, and spirit:
- Meditation. Science has supported the very real health benefits of meditation. Studies have shown that a regular meditation practice reduces stress, improves concentration, increases self-awareness, and even contributes to greater happiness.
- Massage. Similar to meditation, the science also supports the benefits of massage. Some proven benefits of massage include stress relief, better sleep, lower blood pressure, and the increased levels of our “feel good” hormones like dopamine and serotonin—all which contribute to brain health and overall well-being.
- Exercise. This last one cannot be overstated. Not only is exercise critical for the health of the body, exercise is paramount for the health of the brain. Studies have shown that regular aerobic exercise actually changes the structure of the brain, specifically the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in memory and learning.
For a more in depth look at brain health through an Ayurvedic perspective, you may appreciate reading our health guide on the mind-body connection.
Herbs for Memory and Focus
Ayurveda offers a cornucopia of memory supplements in the form of herbs long-recognized to support brain health and vata dosha. Some of the best Ayurvedic herbs to improve your memory and ability to focus include:Ashwagandha
Perhaps one of the quintessential herbs of Ayurveda, ashwagandha helps to strengthen a debilitated nervous system. As a root, this is a nourishing and grounding herb, and as an adaptogen, it has the ability to be both energizing and calming, depending on what the body needs.Bacopa
Bacopa and Brahmi are often paired together, as both lend their cooling properties to the nervous system in general. Bacopa is considered a rejuvenating herb, aiding in recovery from stress and exhaustion. It is excellent support for memory, learning, and concentration.Brahmi/Gotu Kola
Brahmi is known to relax the central nervous system, soothing both vata and pitta dosha. It helps to improve concentration, memory, and alertness. Brahmi is nourishing to majja dhatu, the tissue layer in the body that includes nervous tissue, connective tissue, and bone marrow.Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna, also known as kapikacchu, is a natural source of L-dopa, a precursor to dopamine. It is calming and restorative to the nervous system and also the male and female reproductive systems.Shankhapushpi
Shankhapushpi is especially good for easing disturbances of vata dosha like anxiety, restlessness, and stress. It encourages vata dosha to move downward, which also helps support digestion and healthy elimination.
Banyan Formulas for Memory and Focus
Banyan has taken many of these individual herbs and formulated them with your brain health in mind.Focus Liquid Extract
With brahmi, bacopa, shankhapushpi, ginko, licorice, and fennel, this liquid extract is easily assimilated and designed to promote concentration and cognitive function. This formula comes in a glycerin base and is suitable for children as well.Healthy Vata
Healthy Vata provides overall support to vata dosha and the nervous system with ashwagandha, brahmi, mucuna, and more. Excellent as a brain supplement but also as a maintenance formula for the nervous system.Mental Clarity
Mental Clarity combines many of the best herbs for focus and calm. Brahmi and bacopa and others provide the foundation to support all aspects of mental performance, including memory and learning capacity.Stress Ease
This formula takes advantage of many adaptogenic herbs and their ability to help the body regulate its stress response. Ashwagandha, shatavari, brahmi, and amalaki provide the core of this formula, though it is further complemented by many other contributory herbs.Tranquil Mind
With bhringaraj, skullcap, passionflower, guduchi, and others, this formula is truly mind centric, easing mental agitation and calming the nerves without causing dullness or drowsiness. This formula is balancing for all doshas.
Banyan Quality and Guarantee
Banyan is committed to the highest standards of eco-stewardship starting from the cultivation of raw herbs to the final product. All our herbs are 3rd party tested and must meet stringent organic standards as governed by the USDA’s National Organic Program and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. The farms and farmers we work with are guaranteed fair wages and are assisted in achieving a stronger presence in world markets. When you purchase our products, you are supporting these families and standards. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchase, simply return within 90 days and we will gladly refund the item amount. We apologize in advance for not being able to refund shipping costs, but we do offer free everyday shipping on orders of $60 or more.