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The Top 4 Herbs for Mental Sharpness by Dr. Brian Keenan

As doctors, we are often asked: “How do I get rid of brain fog?” and “How can I improve my focus, concentration, and memory?”

In our busy lives, burn-out is becoming more and more prevalent. Burn-out is the process by which it becomes more and more difficult to focus on a task and our energy to even perform that task begins to wane.
That said, there are many simple teas and tinctures one can utilize to help optimize brain health and to boost the mood, creativity, passion, and the ability to focus and be productive. Let’s discuss them, shall we?

1) Ginkgo biloba:  You’ve probably heard of ginkgo before, and with good reason! Ginkgo leafs have been used since antiquity for complaints of the mind and in recent years studies have shown it to have a mild affect in staving off dementia in elderly populations. As a tea, it tastes a bit bland, grainy and earthy, and because of this it is often formulated in tandem with other herbs to mask its flavor. It is also incorporated into capsules and tinctures (alcoholic extracts of plants) for potency. Because it increases circulation to the brain, it is best to avoid if you suffer from chronic migraines, are on blood thinners, or have suffered cerebrovascular damage such as strokes, recent head trauma, or from surgery.

2) Tulsi:  Tulsi is related to basil and it’s even known as Holy Basil due to its reverence in Indian culture. Tulsi is an herb that opens the mind and the spirit, tastes delicious in teas and tinctures, and provides gentle support. This safe and effective herb not only helps you have a clearer day, it helps you tap into your deeper desires and, with time, is an ally to achieving that which you most desire for yourself.

3) Rosemary:  Rosemary for remembrance is not just simply an old saying, it’s actually true! Research has shown that just smelling rosemary can help stimulate the mind and increase short term recall. This herb can be brought into your life in a multitude of ways as it grows easily, works great in cuisine, tea, and tincture.
For memory, it is often best used when tasted or smelled just before a memory task. If you have trouble recalling, smell rosemary and see if it comes back to you! It likely will!

4) Green Tea:  Green tea is my stimulant of choice. It lacks the higher caffeine content of coffee or energy drinks and also contains calming phytonutrients such as Theanine to help promote a calm, collected focus rather than feeling over stimulated or jittery.
It is also quite an antioxidant supporting cardiovascular, neurological, and digestive health.

Ready for a formula just for you?  The above listed herbs are popular and easy to find over the counter; feel free to try them. But if you’d like a specialized formula that takes into consideration your specific needs, call us to schedule a visit with Dr. Brian or Dr. Zoe, and we’ll be happy to help you!

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