Cross off most of these products for lack of solid scientific evidence, reports the December 2012Harvard Men's Health Watch. "There are a lot of things out there for which we have no data on whether they are safe or do anything to help," says Dr. Gad Marshall, an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Want to do something proven to help maintain mind and memory? "My strongest recommendations are a Mediterranean-style diet and regular physical exercise," Dr. Marshall says.
Would-be supplement shoppers also need to be aware of safety issues that have been raised about some so-called brain boosters.
Because of a legal loophole, dietary supplements do not have to pass the rigorous FDA process to ensure they are safe and effective. That means many of these products are on the shelves claiming to "support" or "help" memory because of a gap in the law-not because we have strong evidence that those claims are true.
Read the full-length article: "Mind and memory supplement scorecard"
Also in the December 2012 issue of the Harvard Men's Health Watch:
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