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Why does our ability to focus diminish as we age?

There are a number of reasons as to why one may find it hard to concentrate and focus. A loss of alertness can be caused by the ageing process, medical, cognitive or psychological problems as well as other disorders such as sleeping disorders. If a lack of focus is being caused by another condition, it is vital to treat the underlying condition, while also treating the symptoms.

A study conducted at the University of Toronto found that older people generally have decreased brain activity in areas of the brain that enable concentration (prefrontal cortex) compared to young adults. This indicates that the older population may struggle to focus easily and may need to make some lifestyle changes to 'exercise' the brain as well as taking a supplement regime that compliment the ability to restore activity to the correct areas of the brain.


  • Struggle to concentrate for prolonged periods of time

  • Easily distracted

  • Disorganization

  • Poor time management

  • Forgetfulness

All of these symptoms can be caused by having a lower level of activity within the prefrontal cortex or other important areas of the brain. It is important to regulate brain chemistry to ensure a healthy level of concentration is achievable.


Normally it would be the individual suffering with alertness and focus issues that would notice a decline in their ability to concentrate or by a loved one. Doctors may ask certain questions to gain an insight into the normal standards of focus levels for the patient and analyse the severity of the decline to determine whether it is due to age or a medical condition.

Natural Solutions

Stabilized Oxygen – Stabilized oxygen supplements can be used effectively to restore alertness and focus. This is due to the fact that a lack of alertness can be due to a lower level of oxygen getting to the brain. By using stabilized oxygen it is possible to stabilize oxygen levels in the brain allowing the brain to operate at a higher capacity.

Fish Oils – Fish oils are a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which are two types of Omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these fatty acids have been linked to improved brain health and function. DHA plays a vital role in the maintenance of brain structure and functionality. DHA accounts for 25% of the total fats and 90% of the omega-3 fats found within brain cells. EPA on the other hand has anti-inflammatory properties which may help to protect the brain against damage and ageing. DHA supplements have often been linked with improved thinking skills, memory and reaction times in healthy people who have low DHA intakes. It has also aided people experiencing a mild decline in brain function.

Acetyl-L-carnitine - Is an amino acid naturally produced in the body. It plays an important role in ones metabolism, particularly in energy production. Taking an Acetyl-L-carnitine supplement has been linked to people claiming they feel more alert as well as improvements to memory and the slowing of age related memory loss. In a clinical trial it was found that use of acetyl-l-carnitine may be useful for improving the brain function of people with mild dementia or Alzheimer’s. However, there is no research to show it has a beneficial effect in otherwise healthy people who aren’t suffering from a loss of brain function.

Ginkgo Biloba – Is a herbal supplement often used to improve brain functions such as focus and memory. Despite the widespread use of this supplement, results from multiple studies have often been mixed. Some studies found that supplementing with Ginkgo Biloba helped to reduce age related decline in brain function. A different study showed an improvement of memory and thinking skills in healthy middle-aged patients. It should be noted that not all studies have come to the same conclusion on these benefits.

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Lifestyle Changes

  • Physical exercise

  • Eat healthy and get adequate nutrition intake

  • Sleep well

  • Brain training (Such as chess or sudoku)

  • Stay social and connected with people


Removal of Blocks to Health, Healing and Wellness

We have defined the major blocks to health improvement which should be considered the number one priority for resolution before one goes on to a more specific healing regimen such as that detailed in the programme above. By removing these blocks one will feel stronger and more prepared for a specific programme and will achieve far greater success with it. Please read this essential article here

The Core Regime

Not all of the remedies listed here will neccessarily be needed. We strive to bring you the most effective remedies to resolve your health problems in the simplest supplemental regime possible. We aim to treat the actual root causes of health problems holistically rather than supply remedies that will give temporary or partial relief from only the symptoms. This has been our mission since the founding of Regenerative Nutrition in 1994. As we uncover more fundamental truths about the causes, and therefore the relief, of diseases and health problems we update and revise our product range and recommendations.

Above, we detail targeted remedy recommendations for Alertness, but we further suggest that you view the core regime article and supplement pages by clicking here

To achieve overall good health and long term resolution of this health problem the remedies selected here should be combined with core regime remedies for the best results.

It may well be that there is some overlap and that many of the remedies in the core regime are listed here also.

If you need any assistance in selecting the most suitable remedies, or have any questions, please Contact Us


Supplements for Alertness

The supplements recommended for the treatment of Alertness are listed below. Not all will necessarily be discussed in the article, as some may have been added after the article was posted. If a listed supplement is not mentioned within the article, or you wish to know more about any of the listed supplements, you can find out more information by clicking on that supplement below. You can also now add to your basket directly from this page.

Black Seed Oil

Curcumin 95 (Organic Curcumin & Piperine)
£25.95  /  60 V/Caps

DMG (N-Dimethylglycine)
£24.75  /  100 Vegetarian Capsules


Iodine - Lugol's Solution (7%) 29.5 ml
£15.75  /  29.5ml

Ionic Liquid Minerals & Trace Elements
£22.95  /  250ml


Ocean Repair 100g
£19.95  /  100 g

Pollen Granules (Wild Spanish)

Seagreens AR (Ascophyllum Nodosum)
£23.85  /  600mg 100 Capsules

Vitality Foundation

Vitalyza 3 - Elemental Silicon

Zell Immunocomplex

Zell Oxygen


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