I am taking the LSAT on June 8 and want to start now getting my body in shape and my brain in the best possible position. I plan to change my diet to foods high in antioxidants and yummy stuff for my brain. However, I am not sure what supplements that I can take over the next two months that would help?
I am looking for things that help with memory, concentration, and energy.
I was thinking B-6 and/or maybe a B-complex, one of those focus and concentration supplements, bee pollen, and continuing on what I take right now which is only powdered MSM and one day vitamins occassionally. I was thinking about maybe picking up flaxseed oil again.
Can you all help me develop a supplement regimen for the next two months?
I am going to increase my water intake as well which right now is about a half a liter a day..bad I know.
Also, do you think doing the Colonix would help? I did it in 2007 and it gave me a lot of energy. Do you think it would help in brain clarity as well?
the best supplements for Brain function are (and not necessarily in this chronological order of importance) can be described as follows:
"#1. Amino acids: neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is involved in mood, or adrenalin which gives you motivation, or acetylcholine which is vital for good memory, are made from these amino acids from the protein that you eat, so an amino acid supplement would be a good idea in the short term.
#2. A good Multivitamin/mineral, where #1. and their production in the Brain depends on these vitamins/minerals.
These micronutrients help turn glucose into energy, amino acids into neurotransmitters, simple essential fats into more complex fats like GLA or DHA and Prostaglandins, and choline and serine into phospholipids.
They help build and rebuild the Brain and nervous system and keep everything running smoothly. They have been described as your Brains best friends.
#3. High dose B Complex of approx' 50mg ratio per day will also improve Brain and cognitive function and increase energy production from food.
#4. A good Brain-food formula taken each day should include choline, PS (Phosphatidylserine), DMAE, pyroglutamate (from fruits and vegetables) and pantothenic acid, as well as Omega 3 fats as in Krill-Oil or Flaxseed Oil.
#5. Avoid Sugar and refined carbs' including caffeine and alcohol from beverages, as these interfere with the neuro pathways and are in themselves draining of nerve energy or the life-force.
The essential thing to bear in mind here is that these supplements will have a "synergistic" effect where, taken together, they act in unison as a team, and therefore far more effective than taken individually.
BTW. A nutritional product that targets Brain and Nervous system health is "Neurozan" which I take every single day.
The mental benefits are simply amazing.
I can think of a few things that might be helpful.
Iodine had a profound effect on me, inducing a mental acuity that was exciting and great fun. Just get the Lugols and have a couple of drops a day (don't megadose as detox effects are inevitable and won't help you in your LSAT).
A diet which includes a preponderance of raw foods and juices is very effective at 'enlivening' one's system/s, including the mental faculties, by virtue of its purity, whereby there is little waste and much nutrition ....
Circulatory stimulants such as Chilli and Ginko Biloba are an aid to mental funcion.
I've heard of Brahmi - it's purported to aid in recall.
In contrast to a previous reply, I'd just like to say that a strong coffee is a temporary I.Q. enhancer, though chronic use/overuse would be counter-productive. So you can have a cup before your exam to turbo-charge your brain, providing you have no issues with caffeine.
Eat foods that are NOT high-glycaemic, as severe blood Sugar fluctuations won't help with concentration.
If you're game, have an enema leading up to the event. You might be surprised at how much more composed you can be.
Good question to ask! Simple things like memory games, getting some good exercise, traveling, healthy diet, making social connections and even watching jeopardy can simply help with brain function.
As for supplements you need to be careful which supplements are going to work for you. If you do a google search for supplements you'll get a lot of websites selling the same thing. I've tried a lot of them and some of them work, some of them do not. I've had most success with a supplement called Prevagen http://www.prevagen.com it targets the inbalance of calcium within your nervous system. Pretty interesting technology and it seems to be very powerful and very effective. My memory was improving within the first month.
Our research shows that many types of natural alternatives can be used as part of a holistic approach that should include diet, emotional health, and physical health. No supplement can provide a magic bullet 1 pill fixes all solution. But used in conjunction with strategies to deal with the other 4 pillars of good mental health.