12 Health Supplements to Boost Your Focus, Memory, and Mood

Steve Glaveski
6 min readMay 6, 2021

Let’s be clear. Before you even think about supplements to boost your focus and productivity, you’ve got to have the foundations in place.

First, do work that aligns with your strengths, you find meaningful, you’re somewhat passionate about, and rewards you sufficiently.

Second, sleep well, eat well, and incorporate movement throughout your day.

You can think of the above mentioned as the proverbial cake, with supplements being the icing on top — the one-percenters that might give you an edge.

Otherwise, all of the supplements in the world won’t make one iota of difference if you’re doing work you suck at and not really interested in and if you’re not getting enough sleep and eating junk food all day.

So if you do have the foundations in place, you’ll find 12 of my favorite brain-optimizing supplements below.

Disclaimer: When it comes to supplementation of any kind, do your own research because everybody is different. Experiment and see what works for you. Remember that just because a single study came to a conclusion, it doesn’t make its findings are conclusive. There are myriad factors at play, and you should always look for a body of reputable research that all come to similar conclusions. And of course, it’s always best to speak with your physician before taking any supplements. So with that out of the way…

1. Fish and Krill Oil

The Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish have been linked to numerous health benefits, including maintaining the structure and function of your brain, and protecting the brain against damage and aging.

Not only that, but research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that deficiencies in fish consumption, or Omega-3 fatty acids, could increase our risk of depression.

Find fish oils here.

2. L-Carnitine

Back in my 20s — when I used to frequent summer music festivals — I used to take L-Carnitine to…

Steve Glaveski

CEO of Collective Campus. HBR writer. Author of Time Rich, and Employee to Entrepreneur. Host of Future Squared podcast. Occasional surfer.