Memory loss is a scary thing, and it requires a little effort to stay sharp and keep the mind healthy. Alcohol and smoking can increase risk for memory loss, as can excess stress and poor sleeping habits. Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, managing stress and sleeping well are therefore obvious changes in combatting memory loss and “brain fog”. However there are also some key nutrients that can help protect the mind, boost cognitive function and enhance memory. Omega-3 Fatty Acids (found in Fish oil and Krill Oil) are a staple. They help prevent cognitive decline and improve memory function, not to mention their numerous other health benefits. Acetyl L-Carnitine has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Gingko Biloba may improve circulation to the brain and nervous system, boosting memory, concentration and mental alertness. Also important for students and others who want to improve their memory and cognitive function are herbs such as Brahmi that increase information retention and recall.