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No evidence to suggest the possible benefits of brain supplements

There are a number of symptoms of aging that we know of. Included in the long list is the impairment of cognitive functions. In a wider and much easier sense, that means your brain stops performing the way it used to at a younger age.

Thereby to improve brain health and lead to better cognition, most adults would resort towards supplements. According to unofficial statistics, in the USA alone, nearly half of the adult population (older than 50) buys brain supplements. They are believed to enhance function and lessen the symptoms of aging.

For a very long period of time, people used to believe that these medications do actually work. Sales rose up at an unprecedented rate and the usage became increasingly common.

But new medical research has suggested otherwise. The findings have shown that there is no empirical evidence to suggest brain supplements do any good to the individual.

Brain Supplements: No use at all?

The study was concluded by researchers associated with the Global Council on Brain Health. The organization has been working for years on cognition and brain-related medical issues. A large number of brain supplements were collected and tested for their chemical composition. Additionally, researchers also observed the patient using any of the drugs and looked for any changes whatsoever.

Once the study ended, the results showed that the supplements yielded no benefit whatsoever. For the purposes that were claimed to be present, none showed to hold any sort of relevance. More importantly, these medications only resulted in a placebo effect that too temporarily.

For many medical experts, brain supplements are nothing but a marketing trick. The target audience is often the adult aging population who is induced into making a purchase.

What is often overlooked are the possible consequences and side effects that may result. They are not as safe as they are proposed to be and instances have been reported where the drug interacted with other medication consequently lessening the impact of the latter. Moreover, other minor side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and bodily aches were also a common feature of the supplements.

Time to Stop!

One thing is clear, the brain supplements seem to offer no advantage to the user at all. Rather, it can possibly be consequential resulting in further health complications.

The worrisome thing is that sales of these medications have skyrocketed in recent years. Just about 2016, the total transactions amounted to as much as $2.9 billion. The figure is likely to go up if action is not taken to curb the sales.

There has been a positive update in that regard. FDA had a crackdown against a total of 20 companies selling illegal brain supplements. The companies were supporting claims such as taking them will help fight Alzheimer. Yet none of the claims held to be true.

That being said, the need of the hour is for adult individuals to stop the consumption of any of the brain supplements. From what is known and supported by scientific evidence, these drugs are of no advantage.

Thereby before resorting towards any such transaction, it is vital that you book an appointment with your psychotherapist. He/she is in the best position to guide what is vital for your brain health and what is not.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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