Although a sure shot cure for short term memory or bad memory in general has yet to be discovered there are a lot of memory vitamins that can help you to remember the important details.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the success of these vitamins, or of any other supplements for that matter, varies and not all people respond in the same way. The fact is also proven by numerous studies performed in the field.

The different reactions come from the fact that people are different in genetics, lifestyle, health and diet. Everything we do influences our memory, so it is important to maintain a healthy diet and to get a minimum of eight hours of sleep a night, because memory vitamins are not enough to compensate for a chaotic lifestyle.

Also, it is important that you conduct your own research, by reading the recommendations and the list of ingredients for every product, by reviewing other users’ feedback and by asking for your physician’s opinion before taking anything.

Here are the best three vitamins said to stimulate memory:

1. B Vitamins – Their action includes several steps: they create a shield around the neurons in the brain; they break down the homocysteine, a toxic poison like an amino acid for the brain cells; they increase the production of red cells in the blood, aiding in the transportation of the oxygen to the brain. The best vitamins in this category are B6 and Folic Acid, also called B9 and B12. They are available as supplements or as ingredients in various healthy foods, such as spinach, broccoli and other greenies, but also in strawberries, lemons, oranges, grapefruits etc.

2. Antioxidants – Mostly represented by vitamins C and E and by beta carotene, they protect the brain tissue, by making sure that the free radicals from the toxic oxygen in the bloodstream is broken down. Most experts recommend that antioxidant supplements be taken on a daily basis, being available in various natural foods like berries, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, green tea, nuts etc.

3. Omega Fat Acids – these are rather fat molecules than memory vitamins but they play an important part in enhancing and stimulating memory and brain activity, being one of the few exceptions to the rule that fats are not good for your body.

All these memory vitamins are available over the counter and quite popular in the US pharmacies and online, so you should have no problem finding them.