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Top 10 Vitamins and Supplements for Optimal Brain Function and How They Support Red Light Therapy:

Vitamins and supplements are an important part of our everyday lives, since they help provide nutrients our bodies need to function properly. It starts with a balanced diet, but vitamins and supplements can fill the gaps in areas that are deficient. Vitamins and supplements each have their own set of specific health benefits, including their ability to boost immunity, increase our energy, improve brain function, and support joint health.

Our team at The Wellness Center is committed to providing full body, red and near-infrared light therapy that contributes to improving physical and emotional wellness, including optimizing brain function. Vitamins and supplements also play a supportive role in enhancing brain health when used in combination with a consistent red light therapy program. In this blog post, we will explore the top 10 vitamins and supplements for optimal brain function and how they can complement Red Light Therapy as adjunctive care.

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  • Role: Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, supports brain health by reducing inflammation and promoting efficient communication between brain cells.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy can enhance blood circulation. Improved circulation is needed for essential fats like Omega-3s to reach the brain more efficiently, maximizing their positive impact on cognitive function. Combining Red Light Therapy with Omega-3 supplementation can create a synergistic effect that supports your overall well-being, as well as the health and vitality of your brain.

2. Vitamin B Complex:

  • Role: B-vitamins (B6, B9, and B12) are water soluble and not stored in the body, but necessary for neurotransmitter production and optimal cognitive function.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy can help improve the absorption of these vitamins with the increase of blood flow. This enhanced circulation promotes better delivery of nutrients throughout the body, allowing vitamins to be utilized more efficiently.

3. Vitamin D:

  • Role: Vitamin D is associated with cognitive function and may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: When exposed to red light, the skin responds by producing vitamin D similar to what happens when exposed to sunlight. This can be beneficial when you have limited exposure to the sun. Red Light Therapy combined with vitamin D supplementation can help improve vitamin D levels, which supports brain health by reducing the risk of cognitive decline and improving your mood. This approach can play an important role in your body’s ability to receive the nutrients it needs, despite environmental factors.

4. Vitamin E:

  • Role: Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, which can potentially protect brain cells from oxidative stress.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy, through its ability to enhance cellular energy production and circulation, can help mitigate the effects of oxidative damage by promoting the efficient removal of free radicals. This, in combination with vitamin E supplementation, creates a dual defense mechanism against oxidative stress, ensuring better protection for your brain cells and overall brain health.

5. Curcumin (Turmeric Extract):

  • Role: Curcumin is found in Turmeric, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can have neuroprotective effects. It has also been reported that Alzheimer’s patients taking curcumin have experienced improvements in memory and attention.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy enhances the absorption of curcumin, making it more effective. The increased blood flow and improved circulation resulting from Red Light Therapy can aid in the distribution of curcumin to various tissues, including the brain.

6. Lion's Mane Mushroom:

  • Role: Lion's Mane contains compounds that may stimulate the growth of brain cells and improve cognitive function.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy can support the circulation of these beneficial compounds to the brain.

7. Ginkgo Biloba:

  • Role: Ginkgo Biloba works to improve circulation and blood flow to the brain, potentially enhancing memory and cognitive function.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: This can be very beneficial when combined with Red Light Therapy, potentially promoting better circulation in the brain.

8. Phosphatidylserine:

  • Role: Covers and protects the cells in the brain, carries messages between them, supports cognitive function, and ability to focus.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy can help increase cell membrane flexibility, making phosphatidylserine more effective. The Wellness Center has protocols in place that work to improve these symptoms as well.

9. Acetyl-L-Carnitine:

  • Role: Acetyl-L-carnitine helps with energy production in the brain and may have neuroprotective effects.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy has been shown to enhance cellular energy production in the brain. This is achieved by stimulating the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the primary source of energy for cells, including brain cells.

A study published in the journal "Frontiers in Neuroscience" in 2019 titled "Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation in Cognitive Decline: A Comparative Review" discusses how near-infrared light therapy (a part of Red Light Therapy) can positively impact mitochondrial function and enhance cellular energy production in the brain. This, in combination with Acetyl-L-Carnitine supplementation, can create a powerful synergy, supporting not only brain energy production but also potentially offering neuroprotective effects.

10. Magnesium:

  • Role: Magnesium is essential for neurotransmitter function and plays a role in reducing stress and anxiety.

  • Adjunctive Benefits: Red Light Therapy can help improve magnesium absorption and ensure its availability for brain health. The increased blood circulation induced by Red Light Therapy can potentially transport magnesium more efficiently, creating a synergy that can potentially optimize your brain's magnesium levels, promoting better cognitive function and emotional well-being.

Optimizing brain function with the combination of Red Light Therapy and the right vitamins and supplements can contribute greatly to your overall wellness by reducing inflammation, and enhancing circulation. It is possible to achieve a healthier and sharper mind with Red Light Therapy, and these supplements work in harmony to promote your overall well-being.

A.J. Harewood

It's important to note that while vitamins and supplements can be beneficial, we always recommend consulting your healthcare provider before starting any new regimen to ensure there are no contraindications in taking these supplements with other medications you might be taking currently and adding red light therapy to your wellness regimen.

Contact The Wellness Center today to explore your options to start feeling better! We’re here to help!

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The information contained in this article, and information curated from third-party links are for informational purposes only and should not be used or interpreted as a diagnosis or medical advice. It is your sole responsibility to consult with your medical doctor regarding any therapy plans or complementary care you might be considering for your personal medical care.


  1. Study with 60 participants over an eight week period. Damir Nizamutdinov , Xiaoming Qi , Marvin H Berman , Gordon Dougal , Samantha Dayawansa , Erxi Wu , S. Stephen Yi , Alan B Stevens , Jason H Huang. Transcranial Near Infrared Light Stimulations Improve Cognition in Patients with Dementia. Aging and disease. 2021, 12(4): 954-963

  2. Lee KH, Cha M, Lee BH. Neuroprotective Effect of Antioxidants in the Brain. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Sep 28;21(19):7152. doi: 10.3390/ijms21197152. PMID: 32998277; PMCID: PMC7582347.

  3. Cleveland Clinic:

  4. Maryland Center for Brain Health:

  5. Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation in Cognitive Decline: A Comparative Review" - Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2019


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