Do you remember the name of your first crush?
But I can't expect the same answer when asking for answers to difficult GMAT, MCAT or any other standardized test questions.
Memory is something we wish we all had more of. We would get into better schools, have more interesting conversations, take on harder intellectual challenges etc. Your memory has two distinct but closely operating procedures: first, formation of a new memory, and second, retention of the old memories.
Let’s take an example: Say you are preparing for SAT exams but finding it difficult to remember the texts or numbers. It is when the role of memory becomes more important as it demands a combination of both short bursts of recall and remembering things that you learned in your school.
As you begin your hunt for the best memory enhancer, you will come across several medications and supplements with huge claims which only a few can keep up with.
Why Huperzine A and Lion's Mane?
Huperzine A, also called Selagine (NOT Selegiline), is an extract obtained from various species of Huperzia. It belongs to a class of chemicals known as Anticholinesterase, which increases availability of Acetylcholine, a brain chemical associated with memory and learning.
I have some exciting things to reveal on how Huperzine A can enhance your short term memory: Huperzine A inhibits the Acetylcholine-degrading enzyme, Acetylcholinesterase, thereby increasing amount of Acetylcholine in the brain. Consequently, greater availability of Acetylcholine enhances short term memory of the user. Study suggests adolescents who take Huperzine capsules for at least four weeks acquire enhanced memory and exhibit better learning . Huperzine A also helps in improving memory formation by mechanisms other than increased availability of Acetylcholine . If you already have been a victim of bad memory, Huperzine supplement may also reverse such problems. A study conducted in monkeys  suggests injectable Huperzine A also improves working memory. In addition, scientific community is currently assessing the neuroprotective effects of Huperzine A paving way for potential Alzheimer’s or dementia treatment.
Lion’s mane, Hericium erinaceus, is not your regular edible mushroom. Unlike other mushrooms, Lion’s mane contains numerous “neuroactive” chemical constituents that improve memory, reduce stress and make you smarter.
Still need a reason why you call it a “Smart Mushroom”? Wondering what does it mean to your brain health?
It means the neuroactive chemicals found in Lion’s mane drive production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)  which are essential for normal brain-functioning.
You can use Lion’s mane orally to bring back functional capability of damaged nerves .
Lion’s mane is one of the most potent natural cognitive enhancers that maximizes “neurite outgrowth” in the brain, spinal cord and retina . Having proper neurite outgrowth ensures your memory is sharp and your neurons are communicating well.
If you wish to stay sharp for rest of your life or score better in your exams, you can reap the benefits of both Huperzine A and Lion’s mane with supplements. Just make sure you purchase safe and effective supplements.
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