Can a sup­ple­ment im­prove my fo­cus?

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Q:

I re­cently started a new job, and be­tween learn­ing my du­ties, or­ga­niz­ing the fall fes­ti­val at my church and my usual to-do’s, I can’t seem to keep track of all my ap­point­ments and events. Is there a diet tweak that can give my brain a boost?

A:

Yes! New sci­ence sug­gests that a nat­u­ral com­pound called silk pro­tein hy­drolysate (de­rived from the threads of silk­worm co­coons) can sharpen think­ing. In a South Korean study, adults given 100 mg of silk pro­tein hy­drolysate twice daily ex­pe­ri­enced a 97 per­cent im­prove­ment in mem­ory re­call test scores and mea­sure­ments of brain func­tion af­ter just three weeks.

The study au­thors posit that unique pep­tides in the com­pound work to re­move harm­ful plaque that builds up in the brain and slows neu­ral sig­nal­ing. The pep­tides may also pre­vent the for­ma­tion of new plaque and in­crease the brain’s up­take of en­er­giz­ing oxy­gen and glu­cose. A brand with the study-proven dose: Na­trol Cog­nium ($19 for a 30-day sup­ply, Swan­sonVi­ta­mins.com).

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