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Questions around supplements have been coming up even more than usual. Since the publication of our study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this summer I’ve been asked which supplements study participants were given. There were also a lot of supplement questions asked in my recent webinars. This inspired me to share some specific supplement information with you. I want everyone to have the information they need and to feel empowered to join me on my quest to end dementia.

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Here’s a list of these supplements — ones I used in my study — and their roles in boosting cognitive health. Be sure to talk to your health care provider to confirm these are appropriate for you or your loved one. 

Qualia Mind

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Qualia Mind is a nootropic supplement designed to enhance cognitive function and mental clarity. It contains various ingredients, such as vitamins, amino acids, and herbal extracts.

Some of the ingredients in Qualia Mind, like Bacopa monnieri and acetyl-L-carnitine, have shown potential cognitive benefits in research studies. I think of it as a multivitamin for the brain.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Research suggests that Omega-3s, specifically EPA and DHA, may help reduce inflammation, improve brain health, and potentially lower the risk of cognitive decline. For example, a recent 2022 study concluded that consumption of Omega-3s “improved learning, memory ability, cognitive well-being, and blood flow in the brain.” But not all Omega-3 supplements are equal. It’s important to use one like this that’s been correctly sourced and processed, and not subjected to too much heat. Store in your fridge. 


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Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support gut health, which is increasingly being linked to brain health. Emerging research suggests a potential gut-brain connection, with gut microbiota influencing cognitive function. This study by Chong-Su Kim, et al, particularly focused on community-living older adults and found that improved gut microbiome improved cognitive and mental health. Be sure to use within the expiration date. 

Vitamin D3

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Vitamin D is essential for overall health, including brain health. Some studies, such as this one, suggest that low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Ensuring adequate vitamin D levels through sunlight exposure or supplementation may be beneficial for prevention and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s. This one is D3, which is considered superior to the cheaper and more common D2. 

Since the conclusion of the trial, I have started adding these supplements in my treatment of patients with cognitive issues.

Magnesium Threonate

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Magnesium is involved in various brain functions, and magnesium threonate is a form of magnesium that can cross the blood-brain barrier more effectively. Initial research suggests that magnesium threonate may improve cognitive function and memory. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiencies exist in those with Alzheimer’s. There are several forms of Magnesium you can purchase. I prefer Threonate, even though it costs more. 

SPM Active

(Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators)

SPMs are bioactive lipid mediators derived from Omega-3 fatty acids. SPMs have anti-inflammatory properties and are involved in the resolution of inflammation. There have been numerous studies supporting the role that inflammation plays in Alzheimer’s. Research is ongoing for the role that SPMs have in this regard.

Individual responses to supplements can vary, so consulting with a healthcare provider before starting any supplementation regimen is essential, especially in the context of cognitive decline or neurodegenerative conditions. Depending on your subtype of dementia you may need detox support, extra nutrients, or gut healing. Please consult your care team. 

Let me know if you add these supplements to your cognitive care plan for yourself or your loved one and what kind of improvements you see. 

Dr. Heather Sandison

P.S. – I recently spoke with Greg Kelly, ND of Neurohacker Collective (the company behind Qualia Mind) on their Collective Insights podcast. We discussed how Qualia Mind was used as part of my clinical trial. You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript here. 

P.P.S. – One of the great things about staying at Marama and Clear Mind Center is that the staff is there to ensure you stay on your supplement routine. We have a few spaces available at both residences. Click here to apply now and we will reach out to schedule a call where you can learn more about the facility.