Taking supplements for memory function is a simple way to enhance the way we think. People want to think better. Strong memory gives us power over overwork and school projects and whatever else life throws our way.
There's a popular saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln:
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax."
- Abraham Lincoln
Honest Abe makes a good point here relating to increasing our mental faculties. If we first emphasize sharpening our minds, then we'll be better equipped to execute any task placed before us.
Medicinal Mushroom Supplements
By now, you have probably learned about or at least heard of medicinal mushroom supplements.
Medicinal mushrooms include non-psychoactive species of mushrooms that contain high concentrations of beneficial compounds.
Our Wild CocoTropic Superfood Cocoa Drink Mix contains reishi mushroom, which in a study was found to improve spatial learning and memory. It is the lion's mane mushroom. However, that is considered one of the most effective mushroom supplements for memory. Scientifically known as Hieracium Erinaceus, lion's mane is being studied for improving recognition memory and neurogenesis in the hippocampus. The hippocampus, according to the Annals of Indian Academy of Neuroscience, is a complex brain structure embedded deep into [the] temporal lobe. It has a significant role in learning and memory."
Lion's mane mushroom supplements exploded in popularity following a podcast episode between Joe Rogan and Paul Stamets. Paul Stamets is a world-renowned mycologist who promotes the medicinal use of mushrooms. In the podcast episode with Joe Rogan, Stamets mentions studies in which the mycelium of lion's mane was found to increase neurogenesis in the brain.
Cacao is an ancient superfood and the main ingredient in chocolate. In its isolated form, cacao boasts a host of benefits, many of which involve brain health.
Cacao was called a "food of the gods" for centuries by pre-Colombian Mesoamerican cultures such as the Maya. Cacao is undoubtedly one of our best supplements for memory worth looking at.
In brain studies, many researchers look at cocoa. Cocoa is similar to cacao but has been roasted and prepared for baking or used in chocolate products.
In a 2017 review published by Frontiers in Nutrition, researchers conclude that "the evidence accumulated so far suggests that cocoa flavanols administration can be effective at sustaining cognitive performance, leading to improvements in measures of general cognition, attention, processing speed and memory."
More specifically, flavonoids have been shown to promote the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF). BDNF is critical for neurogenesis in memory-related areas of the brain, such as the hippocampus.
At Wild Foods, we believe the quality of cocoa really matters. That's why we serve up our non-alkalized cocoa powder that is grown and processed using hand-crafted artisan techniques without the use of chemicals, solvents, or harsh high-heat processes.
Matcha Green Tea Powder
Matcha is a whole-leaf green tea grown in shaded conditions that heighten the tea's chlorophyll content. When consuming matcha, you actually consume the entire leaf (rather than steeped leaves) and obtain more benefits.
Matcha comes in a variety of "grades" or levels of quality. We choose to source and sell the highest grade of matcha, our Wild Ceremonial Grade Matcha.
So what can matcha, with its deep green color, do for the brain?
In a very recent 2020 study published in Nutrients, researchers tested matcha against cognitive decline in elderly women. The scientists administered either 3g of matcha or a placebo to a group of 61 elderly women.
The results show that matcha contains neuroprotective properties and can thus protect memory.
Perhaps the brain benefits of matcha explain why sitting and drinking ceremonial matcha has been traditional to Japanese culture since the early medieval era. Part of the Zen Buddhist tradition, having matcha, according to monks, serves to assist meditation efforts.
This makes sense when considering how matcha contains a plethora of caffeine as well as l-theanine, an amino acid shown to protect against stress and cognitive impairment.
Matcha, like medicinal mushrooms and cacao, is an easy one to add to your daily routine. Imagine adding all three of these supplements for memory to the same drink!
Experiment because it's possible. You might find that new morning beverage to boost both your morning routine and memory for life!
To explore more supplements for cognitive performance, check out and research the ingredients in our Wild Focus Nootropic Blend.