on 31 May 2001
This is the best book I've ever read on the use of vitamin and herbal supplements to improve mood, cognition, and perception. It also has useful sections on possible treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Unlike many books in this area, this one is based on science. Everything is given an explanation . The book also acts as a nice little introduction to psychopharmacology. Unlike many authors in this area, Sahelian does not recommend that your rush out and buy every vitaming going. Buying this book will probably save you money - it has already repaid its cover price for me.
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.