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Mind Boosters: A Guide to Natural Supplements That Enhance Your Mind, Memory, and Mood Paperback – July 7, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (July 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312195842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312195847
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Physician Sahelian begins his coverage of chemicals, vitamins, and psychoactive herbs that can help improve the mind with a brief account of the brain and how it works. He then describes 15 categories of substances in detail and discusses how specific diseases can be helped by using such substances. He outlines supplement programs, rather analogous to car maintenance routines, for different age groups. Although he draws on many experts, he also cites his own experience, which removes the brackish taste of the textbook from the tome. One of his major points is not to dismiss cholesterol and other fats out of hand, because brain lipids need a supply of these to do their vital work. Tied to that caution is Sahelian's vigorous objection to "brain-busters," such as sedatives, sleeping pills, and anticholesterol drugs, whose long-term use can cause the brain to slow down and produce confusion. William Beatty
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About the Author

Ray Sahelian, M.D., is a popular and respected physician and medical writer who is internationally recognized as a moderate voice in the evaluation of nutrients, herbs and hormones. He has appeared on numerous national television programs including the NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, NBC Weekend, and on CNN, and has been quoted in many national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Marina Del Ray, California.

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This book is a bit out of date, but I think the info is still great.
You might also consider some gamma-aminobutryic acid or dihydroepiandrosterone, along with a 50-mg. supplement of 5-hydroxytryptophan." They say, "Whoa!
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He tried most products, so he could let you know how much to take, great idea.

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised when I received my copy of Mind Boosters from amazon. As I looked through the 300 pages of the book, I was in awe on how much information was packed. On just about every page of the book there was a heading that caught my eye. I was especially drawn to the author's personal experience with the supplements. Dr. Sahelian apparently took the dozens of nutrients he has in his book and it was very refreshing that he included his observations on how they made him feel. He also lists the scientific research on each supplement and the cautions and side effects. What made me trust the information in this book even more is that he mentions a few supplements that don't work or how a cheaper alternative can save the reader a lot of money. Also, his dosage recommendations seem prudent. Everything seems to be well-explained and organized with proper references. I like the way he categorizes the chapters and how he makes brain chemistry real simple to understand and the biochemical basis on how the nutrients work. His chapter on supplements for mood elevation was excellent. Since I have mild depression, his step by step guide is very practical. I also liked his chapter on the top nutrients that improve vision. I followed his guidelines on the fish oil intake and did notice within two days my vision being sharper and clearer. There is a good glossary of the scientific terms used in the book and an excellent index. Over the years I have read quite a few books on brain supplements, and, without a doubt, this is the finest book on this topic that I've come across so far.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 13, 2001
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I have found Dr Sahelian's books on Creatine, DHEA and Pregnenolone very useful, and this one is no exception. He discusses brain function and chemistry and how it relates to nutrition, and provides information on how to improve your mind through lifestyle factors. This is followed by detailed explanations of how supplements work, supported by research findings, under the categories Memory Boosters, Mood & Energy Lifters, Methyl Donors, Keeping Your Brain Young With Antioxidants, Mind Energizers, Amino Acids, Brain Hormones, and Psychoactive Herbs. There are extensive mind-boosting programmes for the age groups 25 - 40, 41 - 60 and for age 61 and over. The last chapter provides natural prescriptions for depression, vision enhancement, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. This well-researched, well-written book is rounded off with a glossary, bibliography and references plus a thorough index. It is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind and also a pleasure to read. I would have liked to find more information on Deprenyl, but it is a drug - not a natural supplement - and thus outside the scope of this book. Similar informative books that deal with nutritional supplementation include William Regelson's 'The Superhormone Promise' and Timothy J Smith's 'Renewal.' Mind Boosters however, remains the best overall reference book on cutting-edge nutrition for a healthy mind.
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124 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Bladerunner B26354 on April 25, 2001
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"Mind Boosters" by Dr. Ray Sahelian, as of today, is the most authoritative and detailed book on the way food and herbal supplements can affect your mental performance. As the cover implies, your mind, memory and mood can be profoundly influenced by what you take in your body, key among it various herbs, tinctures and many supplements and remedies found in specialty stores, and more often, even in the supermarket.

"Mind Boosters" will reinforce or strengthen your knowledge of what you may need to know most in your life. I have made irrefutable links between foods, moods, herbal supplements and driving behaviors, or just human behavior in general. Dr. Sahelian is the authority on neurochemicals and the way in which hormones and neurotransmitters play a central role in regulating the body and fight to maintain a precise biochemical balance. Dr. Sahelian points out the role of St. John's Wort, Ginko Biloba, 5-HTP, GABA, Kava, and lots more, including the role of fats in the diet (did you know that the brain is made up of 60% fat?). All this perfectly spread over the 22 chapters. Part I starts right at the beginning with, "Using Your Brain..." and can have an ordinary person with reasonable capacity to take in new information beginning to understand some important functions about brain and mind and body interaction. It's like this doctor doing a basic, bare-bones sketch to brand new medical students--and the book does have great, easy-to-understand illustrations. For these reasons, this book will have you so smart by the time you are done that, if you follow the advice (with the help of a doctor), you will have little need to worry about suffering the effects of neglecting your body's precise chemical balances.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By N.H. on July 27, 2000
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I first learned about Mind Boosters on author Ray Sahelian, M.D.'s Web Site. My particular interest has been in vitamin and hormone supplementation as an anti-aging regimen. Dr. Sahelian provides an extremely informative discussion of a multitude of supplements -- vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and hormones -- that can keep one's mental acuity at its peak and help maintain a high level of overall physical well-being. Since many of these supplements have yet to be subjected to long-term clinical testing by medical experts, Dr. Sahelian brings to the reader the latest information about the use of many of these supplements that is partly based on his own personal experiences as well as results reported by countless others. He is both prudent and cautious in recommending the types of supplements and the appropriate doses one should take for his or her particular needs. This book is well written, informative and can and should serve as a continuing source of reference.
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