Four Vitamins & Supplements to Help Your Job Performance

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and those people who eat different types of fish are known to have better cognitive functions including improved test performance, healthier brain function memory, and are even less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Harvard Medical School studied cognitive

decline. The silent brain damage study showed that eating non-fried fish was associated with a 25% lower risk of cognitive abnormalities, which have been linked to higher cognitive decline. If you want to perform better at work, a good Omega-3 fish oil supplement is a good place to start. This can be purchased online or at any health food store or market such as Whole Foods in a liquid (flavored) or in a gel cap form.

Ginkgo Biloba

Research has shown that persons who suffer from poor concentration, confusion, absentmindedness, decreased physical performance, fatigue, headache, dizziness, depression, and anxiety have shown beneficial outcomes from the use of Ginkgo Biloba. These symptoms have been known to effect on-the-job performance to the point of loss of job promotion opportunity and causation of occupational dismissal. It is said that cerebral insufficiency is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain due to clogged blood vessels.

 Vitamin B12

B12 levels in the brain have been studied for some time, and it has been said that low levels of B12 can cause lowered brain function, inept memory function, and lowered cognitive function. A new study in the journal Neurology, found that adults with a vitamin B12 deficiency are more likely to have lower brain volumes and cognitive impairment than those with adequate B12 levels. The study, conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, measured markers of B12 deficiency such as Homocysteine, as well as levels of B12 in adults.  The adults took several cognitive tests and about four years later, they had an MRI to measure their total brain volume.

According to the researchers:

“We showed that four out of five markers of B12 deficiency were strongly associated with poor cognitive performance overall, and more specifically, poor episodic memory and perceptual speed,” said Christine Tangney, Ph. D., the study’s lead author and associate professor of clinical nutrition at Rush. Tangney, The Professor of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University theorizes that B-12 may impact cognition stating that:

“One may be by reducing brain volume, and another is that the buildup of markers, like Homocysteine, may actually be damaging the brain,” Tangney said.

You can receive B12 through food as well as through supplementation. Foods such as fish, meat, poultry and eggs are good sources of B12. Older adults over the age of 50 are recommended to take a B12 supplement along with a regular diet, although it is beneficial for all adults to supplement with B-12 vitamins. The cognitive and physical benefits can be gained at any age with B-12 vitamins in both a college as well as a work environment.

 Co-Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant known to aid the body and mind. This powerful supplement helps heart and cardiovascular function, preserves brain function, slows the aging process, and has been known to help with disease such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. So how can this supplement help you at work? Well though sometimes costly, this supplement can help memory and energy levels by aiding cellular mitochondria burn fuel more efficiently. As brain cells age, they fall prey to the production of an abnormal protein called amyloid-peptides. This leads to the loss of function and death of brain cells which can lead to cognition problems. Coenzyme Q10 has been known to fight against and reduce this process, more so when vitamin E is added. A healthy dose of 50 mg of Coenzyme Q10 along with 400 IU’s of Vitamin E can give you the energy and cognitive boost that you have been looking for at work.

References

“Study Finds Vitamin B12 May Prevent Memory Loss”. Laurie Tarkan. September 27th, 2011. FoxNews.

The Mayo Clinic/Drugs and Supplements

Web MD “What to Know About Omega 3’s and Fish”

 

 

 

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