A new programme investigating the latest in dementia research, will be shown on BBC One tonight at 9:00 PM, and shortly after on iPlayer. Hosted by legendary journalist Angela Rippon, who lost her mother to the disease, the programme will take an extensive tour through the physiology of dementia, and its therapies.
With this in mind, we’ve have put together a selection of safe, every day supplements, for improving sleep and balancing metabolic levels, two factors which may play a role in maintaining a healthy brain now and into old age.
MyVitamins Total 5 HTP
Derived from the Griffonia seed, Total 5 HTP is an amino acid, which acts as a precursor to serotonin.
Serotonin is a hormone produced inside your body on a daily basis, to help you fall asleep. People with low serotonin levels, or higher daytime serotonin levels, have trouble sleeping properly at night, and lack of proper sleep can contribute to a decline in healthy brain function.
Essential B Vitamin Complex
The B vitamins are essential for maintaining healthy metabolic function, and the function of the various chemical pathways inside your body.
You can think of the B vitamins as both the gears and the lubricant which keep your body’s most essential reactions firing as they should. This is important for brain function. Magnesium does a similar job, and is highly recommended.
Not just good for strong bones, calcium is a powerful nervous system regulator, and can help to keep your brain chemistry in balance, aiding proper sleep.
Note: We recommend taking calcium with vitamin D during the day. Some people report bad dreams taking vitamin D at night.
Foods to aid sleep
These foods are rich in either serotonin or tryptophan:
- Turkey and chicken
- Cottage cheese
- Sunflower seeds