Curcumin: This potent constituent in turmeric (the yellow spice that gives curry its avor) has been shown to combat many of the problems that contribute to brain degeneration, including in ammation, free radical damage and high blood sugar. It also boosts growth of new brain cells. Take 500 milligrams (mg) twice daily or eat a diet rich in curry.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega-3 fatty acid serves as a key building block for brain cell mem- branes. Take 1,000 mg daily (derived from sh oil or algae) or eat lots of fatty sh.
Coconut oil: It’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides, an ef cient, clean-burn- ing fuel source for the brain. Take one or two teaspoons daily.
Probiotics: These help fortify the intestinal lining, reducing the gut permeability and in ammation that can impact cognitive health. They also support production of key neu- rotransmitters and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain growth hor- mone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacil- lus brevis, Bi dobacterium lactis and Bi dobacterium longum.
B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheim- er’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them.