8 Ways to Save Your Brain, Learn Faster & Calm Down

Last December, I forgot where I parked my car at the mall and I had to go find a security  man to drive me around and find it. Well, that’s embarrassing.  At first I thought someone stole my Subaru, but that just didn’t make sense. Who would steal the 4 year old dirty one, I mean if you’re going to risk a prison sentence, seems you go after a newer model right? When it sunk in, I thought silently to myself “Oh my gosh, how do I not remember this?!”

For a few minutes I got a glimpse of what it’s like to forget something important. My brain is constantly twirling a hundred million thoughts at any given time and I was multi-tasking while driving around the mall lot, which basically means NOTHING was getting my complete attention. When I pulled in, I was on a phone conversation with my “BookFace” mom, LOVE HER! And dad.  You have to watch my French mom and Russian dad discussing Facebook, omg! But anyway, to honor those of you who forget things due to brain injuries, memory loss or other health conditions I’d like to offer 8 different (affordable) ways to help you.

When memory loss is severe, or compounded with other brain-related concerns, you obviously need a team of physicians, and diagnostic imaging, lab tests and more. I don’t want to gloss over that or leave you thinking a few supplements will do the trick, but for some of you, they will serve as nice adjunctives. I want you to ask your practitioner what’s right for you.

Your brain needs to be properly ‘fed’ and ‘exercised’ and kept in good shape.

Since so many of us are multi-tasking, I think that is the number one thing that we need to stop. If you are doing several things at once, then each thing gets a piece of your brain. Nothing gets your full attention. That will cause you to forget the basics (where your phone is, where did you leave your gloves, what time is that dental appointment, and so forth).  So try to think (and work) sequentially, and put off other tasks and responsibilities until you’re done with the most important one.

Next, move your body. Exercising is a sure fire way to save your brain, bring peace and calm and help you squeeze into your jeggings better.  Today I have some help if you or a loved one is dealing with:
Memory issues
Brain fog
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Toxic Encephalopathy

FYI, toxic Encephalopathy is a term you may not have heard of. Toxic Encephalopathy is a condition you may get from working with solvents, glues, metals, or mold, or from dealing with chronic infections.

Today I offer suggestions to save your brain (it is, after all, sort of important). I’m not sure if any of this is right for you, safe for you, or even effective for your condition, so please speak to your neurologist before trying any of these supplements:

Fatty Acids – Why fat?  Fat is an integral part of your brain and can help with brain injuries, so it’s first up on my list. One of the most important types of supplements you can take is something high in DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). You’ll find DHA clearly labeled in supplements as well as in fish oils particularly salmon, chia seed oil and krill.

Mullein Root – This can be a little harder to find. I actually put a smidgen of this herb in my own thyroid supplement, ThyroScript.  It is known to help with spasms, as it has mild anti-spasmodic effect. Since it has an affinity for facial nerves, some holistic doctors suggest Mullein for Bells Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia and other facial nerve pain syndromes associated with brain-injury.

Acetyl L Carnitine – It’s capable of repairing brain cells (neurons) and it is known to prevent age-related memory decline. It turns into acetylcholine in the brain which can help you with learning.  Doctors often suggest it for stroke victims. A side benefit is that it enhances immune function!

Ginkgo Biloba – A well-known herb that sends blood up to your brain which could help with both short- and long-term memory. It seems to help balance the various catecholamine neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, adrenalin) as well as serotonin and cortisol levels! Taken together this can help revitalize a fading memory, reduce anxiety and improve your mood. In a study using rats, ginkgo was found to protect brains from mobile phone devices which emit electromagnetic frequencies.  If for some reason, you can’t tolerate ginkgo, do consider vinpocetine, it’s another one of my favorites in this category. “Vinpo” as I call it for short, is a different plant from gingko, yet it has similar amazing actions on your brain. Both of these herbs have the ability to reduce edema in the brain.  It’s important that you don’t take both together, and that you don’t combine either with prescribed blood thinners.

Boswellia (Frankincense) – Quick!  What are the names of the 3 Biblical Magi who brought gifts to baby Jesus?  If you don’t know the answer, don’t fret (it’s at the bottom of this page), but if you find that you’re struggling to remember the name of your next-door neighbor, do consider using boswellia, commonly known as frankincense.  Numerous clinical trials point to its ability to enter the brain and nervous system and reduce inflammation. Boswellia is best known by consumers as something like a natural plant-derived type of ibuprofen… it’s helpful for pain. But science suggests it could help save your brain due to its potent anti-inflammatory capabilities.

In 2014, there was a study in the European Journal of Immunology in which scientists found that boswellia reduced Th17, which you should think of as a bad chemical grenade in your brain. If boswellia can keep you from ‘pulling the pin’ on that grenade, it will slow neuronal degeneration and be helpful with brain ischemia, dementia, stroke, TIA and more. Boswellia may also support your treatments with Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, TBI any other conditions that are driven by Th17.  My own supplement blend to support joint health, JointScript, contains boswellia.

Ashwagandha – This is known to help with thyroid function over time by raising thyroid hormone levels but it can make you sleepy. Studies suggest that it’s a good choice if you have insomnia related to any brain injury, including TBI.

Huperzine A – This is a plant-derived extract that may help you remember your dreams, which is kind of cool IMO! If it can help me remember my dreams while I’m basically unconscious (sleeping) then it should certainly help me remember my parking spot when I’m awake! It increases acetylcholine which is associated with more clarity of thinking (good for brain fog), and memory retention to help you remember the whole phone number (not just the area code!). Because it boosts nerve growth factor, it can grow and protect neurons as well as improve neuroplasticity. Dosages vary; 200 to 400 mcg (micrograms) daily is generally appropriate.

Bacopoa – This is a very cool herb as it has widespread benefits for people dealing with mind ‘processing’ issues, poor focus, memory loss and anxiety. There are many options out there so always follow label directions.

I hope that some of these supplements will help you save your brain… at least before you hit the mall parking lot next holiday season!

Answer: The 3 Biblical Magi were named Balthazar, Caspar & Melchior… and they brought gifts of gold, boswellia and myrrh.

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31 Comments

  1. Rodrigo February 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    The names of the Magi are not Biblical. In other words, they’re mentioned in the Bible, but not their names.

    • Colleen Mandeville February 2, 2016 at 4:26 am

      I agree with Beth…. When are you going to come up with a brain support formula….? .Put me on the top of the list….I have been having TIA’s and will see a neurologist net week…..Thanks for all you do for us….XOXO <3

  2. Karen Pesavento February 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I would also add that hormone balance is critical for brain health. Natural progesterone readies the receptor sites for estrogen, without that balance the brain can become devoid of necessary hormones to stay sharp.

  3. Laura Marie February 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Will these help with attention deficit?

    • Suzy Cohen February 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Some of these could improve clarity, but it’s trial and error, you should research each one very carefully and ask the appropriate practitioner on your team which is the best considering the other drugs/supplements you (or your loved one) takes… main reason for that is not everything is appropriate with stimulant drugs (if applicable), such as Concerta, Adderall, etc.

  4. Eric February 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Hi DR.Suzy, what about organic coconut oil ? On a different note , I am a Professional Martial artist & security consultant. For your safety please be more aware of you surroundings when going places. Its called situational awareness , parking lots can be dangerous places. Eric

    • Batzion February 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Suzy, I concur with Eric re situational awareness and would like to suggest that you read, “The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence” by Gavin De Becker. You can read the first chapter here: http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/b/becker-fear.html

      So much fun spending a couple of minutes with your mom and dad and “Bookface” lol. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  5. Melinda February 1, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    How is Boswellia (Frankincense) taken. What do you recommend. I have 100% liquid.

    • Suzy Cohen February 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      It’s sold as supplements. I’m not sure how to dose a liquid, you’ll have to follow label directions or call the manufacturer of the product you own.

  6. Laura Marie February 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    My dad has Alzheimer’s and mom had dymensia and I’m worried about me

  7. Beth Revels February 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Good information for us!

    So, when are you going to put out a brain support formula so that we get therapeutic quantities and high quality in one dose? 😉

    Thanks for teaching me.

    Beth

    • Margo February 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      I second Beth’s recommendation on you developing a formula for your clients; we love all your other ones so far and I’m sure this would be a homerun also!

  8. Arne February 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    For what it’s worth, the account of the Magi in Matthew 2 did NOT give the names of the Magi. That is a much later tradition.

    In fact, the account did not mention that there were three of them. It is conjectured that there were three because of the three gifts.

    The earliest drawings of the Wise Men on the walls of the catacombs in Rome have 2 or 4 Wise Men. The early Syrian church listed 12 Wise Men.

    • Cheyenne February 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Comment not necessary, Arne. The conversation is about the brain.

  9. Cindy Sym February 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Watching your parents so lovingly discuss Bookface made my day. Love love love this little vid. And I love the brain supplement tips too. Thankyou!

    • Suzy Cohen February 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you, she’s hysterical. I love her so much. She was born in 1933 in Paris.

  10. Evelyn February 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    What a precious video! Love it! Made me want to know more of their story, like how they met! Love your stuff! Evelyn

  11. Barbara February 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    What a pleasure watching your “Bookface” video with tears streaming from laughing, and then followed by My Father’s Eyes (I don’t know if that was intentional) video bringing another kind of tears – I had a real cathartic, moving break and I loved it! Thanks for sharing – as well as sharing all your knowledge.

  12. Diane February 1, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I have seen you and your parents in the video that you mentioned. I laughed as much as you did. I have watched it several more times I think she is precious. I lost my Mom two years ago at the age of 91. Wishing you your husband and children, and your parents a great long life. P.S. I love watching all of your videos.

  13. Steve February 2, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Thank you Suzy, You ALWAYS provide solid, trusting info the big pharms and mass media fail or willingly don’t want the public to know about

  14. Luz February 7, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks

  15. Sherry Nichols February 10, 2016 at 2:32 am

    I notice Astaxanthin is not listed as part of the ways to save your brain. How would it compare to something like boswellia? Thanks!

    • Suzy Cohen February 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      I love astaxanthin and think it could support brain health, why not?! There aren’t as many studies on it though.

  16. Maggie February 11, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    This comment pertains to your subsequent thyroid videos; wish you could post the transcripts online, as it makes it easier to refer to certain parts when need to refresh a point, etc. thanks for considering.

  17. Carole February 14, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Oh! My! Though I looked for it, somehow I missed seeing that my question was here the first time I asked it and that the comment “Your comment is awaiting moderation” was after it. Can you say “TBI”? I thought it had gotten lost in “the air”.

    Anyway, I think I will just try some of your suggestions to see if they work for me. I really don’t want you to take more time on my question.

    Thanks for all the great information you give to us. You are a jewel.

  18. Debbie Way March 31, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Just a comment on acetyl-l-carnitine. I have been hypothyroid for 20 years and have been stable on a combination of Synthroid and Naturethroid and feeling pretty good for the last 3 years. I recently took acetyl-l-carnitine (1000 mg) for 4 months to enhance memory and my thyroid meds appeared to quit working. My free T4 and free T3 were very low and it felt like the thyroid meds weren’t getting into my cells. After stopping the acetyl-l-carnitine for a month, I was mostly back to normal. My functional medicine doctor told me that acetyl-l-carnitine is used to lower thyroid in hyperthyroid patients. I don’t know if it would affect people not on thyroid replacement this way, but it sure affected me in a negative way.

    • Suzy Cohen March 31, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      True, seen that. I mentioned that in my book in the appropriate chapter. Thank you for telling people here.

      • Debbie Way March 31, 2016 at 5:45 pm

        Yep, it is indeed in your book. I wish I would have been paying attention when I read it. It wouldn’t have taken me so long to figure out what was going on. Brain fog sure is nasty. Thanks for all the information you make available on this website and in your books.

  19. Chris Allison April 6, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Suzy, I noticed in one of your gene testing articles that you had a couple double snips with SOD. So do I. Since this absolutely affects our brains and it is really tough to make SOD with these snips, and it really doesn’t absorb well, I am thinking of going injectables.

    What are your thoughts and have you found a good source for human grade SOD injectables?

    I find really inexpensive equine injectables but would rather go with a human prescription. I’m a good friend of Janet in Florida and would love to hear your perspective. Thanks.

    • Suzy Cohen April 6, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Chris
      Nice to see you hear 🙂
      I haven’t found a good source yet, as I was not looking for it really.
      Sometimes I just take chelated manganese as the SOD supplements make me itch, lol.
      If you want to pursue injectable SOD, try calling Hopkington Drug in Mass, and ask for Dennis the owner. He made VIP nasal spray years ago with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. He is really nice, let me know what he says.
      That will come available soon 😉
      THe more you push SOD, the more peroxide you make the more glute and catalase you need to recycle it. You might love my Keyring SNPs.

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