Supplements

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There are numerous dietary supplements available, some of which may be helpful for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and others that may be of questionable value. In general, science does not support the use of supplements (except for vitamins) to help counter MCI. At least, according to this article, there is no solid scientific evidence to indicate that over-the-counter supplements can cure or reduce the symptoms of MCI. 

However, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence indicating that some supplements might help improve memory in those suffering from MCI. The list below covers well-known supplements important for the health of the brain as well as those which have not been proven but have shown some interesting anecdotal evidence.

Those who are interested in more comprehensive information on supplements might be interested in checking out this excellent article from Harvard Health Publishing. It offers a scorecard for most supplements that are on the market. Many of them have no or little connection to the brain health, but this scorecard will show how some supplements might help your overall health condition, which is not a bad thing for those of us living with MCI.

However, there is one important caveat about supplements that people should be aware of. According to this video, there are a lot of risks that can be associated with taking supplements because the industry is not regulated, and so the quality of some products can be suspect. In some cases the supplement was found to be so bad that it caused serious health problems and even death. This interesting video may make you wonder if it’s even worth the risk. At the very least, it should help you take more care in how you choose the supplement you buy and the manufacturer that makes them.

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