Memory Supplements and Memory Vitamins: Money Down the Drain, or a Real Brain Gain?

One of the harsh realizations as we get older is that our memory is likely to deteriorate over time; some studies suggest age 60 may be a key marker. Fortunately, for most of us, it’s not as though we wake up one morning with a notably worse memory than the previous day – the deterioration tends to be gradual.

There is a massive cohort of baby boomers who are now reaching their Noocube before and after results 60s (or have already done so) and this point is not lost on manufacturers. It’s therefore not surprising to see the wide number of products now available relating to memory loss but this does increase the challenge in choosing the best product.

Brain function and memory

Like all of our vital organs, the brain degenerates over time. A critical function of the brain is, of course, memory. One of the challenges we face is the brain is an enormously complex organ which makes pinpointing treatments all the more difficult.

Whatever the science, a failing memory can have a dramatic impact on quality of life. What would your life be like if you couldn’t remember what you did yesterday, couldn’t remember how to use the television, or started to forget even basic details of loved ones? This is a situation we all want to avoid.

Many people, therefore, are looking to protect or build up their memories with help from supplements and vitamins.

So how do these memory supplements and memory vitamins differ from each other?

The names ‘memory supplement’ or ‘memory vitamin’ seem interchangeable but do differ subtly. A supplement, as the name suggests, seeks to add to what is already there, or make it better.