One of the biggest problems facing Americans and Canadians these days is maintaining peak mental performance. Today’s fast-paced lifestyle and extremely competitive economy make excellent mental performance a must, yet more people than ever are reporting an inability to do simple things like concentrate and remember basic tasks.

Unfortunately, a lot of these people are turning to drugs such as Modafinil, marketed as Provigil, in an effort to increase their mental performance. A whole market for nootropics or brain-enhancing drugs has sprung up because many people are no longer able to function at school or the office.

The real problem is that these people don’t understand the true causes of these mental problems which are vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by a poor diet and brain damage. Nor do these people realize that some of the best treatments for these problems are Chinese herbs which can end those deficiencies and in some cases, reverse brain damage.

What Really Causes a Lack of Memory and Concentration?

The real cause of a lack of memory and concentration is communication in the brain. Brain cells communicate via neurotransmitters which are chemicals manufactured by the body. The problem is that a lot of people are simply not getting enough of the nutrients the body needs to manufacture neurotransmitters and nerve tissue in their diets.

The standard American/Canadian diet is low in metals such as zinc and magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are vital for brain functions. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners faced similar dilemmas centuries ago and discovered a number of natural herbal treatments that can correct deficiencies.

Recent studies have shown that poor people often function at a lower level. Some of the studies blame the problems on worrying, but the real cause might be the lousy diet of processed foods that poor people eat. At least one survey found that poor people’s IQs were 13 points lower than others.

These herbs are a safe, natural and highly effective means of increasing mental performance. They do not involve drugs and they can sometimes even reverse brain damage caused by alcohol or narcotics.

Some Chinese Herbs that can Improve Concentration and Memory Include These:

  • He Shou Wu or Ho Shou Wu. A vine that translates into English as “Ho’s Black Hair.” It got that name because according to a Chinese legend, the vine was discovered by an old man whose hair turned from black to white after drinking it. Taoist monks in China have long taken He Shou Wu to improve their mental focus. It is also widely believed to counteract some of the effects of aging including memory loss. Researchers at the Third Xiangya Hospital in Changsha, China found that the memory of Alzheimer’s patients improved when they were given a formula contain He Shou Wu.
  • Pine Pollen Powder. Another powerful traditional Chinese Herb. 2013 at the University of California’s Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center found that consuming Pine Pollen could increase the levels of HDL or good cholesterol in the blood stream. Scientists believe this can help the brain cleanse itself of toxins that create many mental health problems including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or memory loss. Pine Pollen is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. There has been some research that inflammation could limit mental performance.
  • Black Ant Extract. The Chinese herb called the Herb of Kings is the second most potent natural source of zinc on earth next to shellfish. Psychology Today noted that zinc plays an important part in the brain’s ability to process information. Zinc is critical for the transmission of information between cells including brain cells and the highest level of zinc in the human body is found in the brain. Unfortunately, the body has no ability to store zinc and the modern North American diet is deficient in zinc.

“Zinc deficiency can lead to symptoms of depression, ADHD, difficulties with learning and memory, seizures, aggression, and violence,” Psychology Today writer Emily Deans MD noted.

She also noted that many antidepressant medications are based on zinc. Scientific studies on rats actually showed that higher consumption of zinc led to improved mental health. A study by England’s Cambridge University discovered that many persons with depression suffered from poor mental performance. Unfortunately, the study didn’t test what the effects of zinc would be on those people.

Black ant extract made from the flesh of the polyrhachis black ant is one of the best and cheapest sources of zinc available. Unlike zinc supplements, black ant extract is easy to digest. That means black ant extract would be an ideal means of boosting mental performance.

There’s no need to take potentially dangerous and destructive pharmaceuticals such as modafinil to boost mental performance. Instead, a simple mixture of herbs could be just as effective and far cheaper and safer.

 

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