We all want to protect our brains as we age. People are turning to alternative and natural approaches to health and as a result, people are interested in the benefits offered by supplements. This is why more people are asking whether supplements such as Ginkgo and Ginseng can help to protect their brain. First of all, I am a big supporter of an integrative approach to health but I am also a big supporter of getting information from people who are qualified sources. I do know that many people regard supplements as natural and therefor harmless and that simply is not the case. Supplements are potent and therefor have the ability to do good but also to harm. As potent substances they also have the potential to interfere with other medication or supplements and these are just some of the reasons that people should consult with a qualified naturopathic doctor, pharmacist or nutritionist prior to adding supplements to their health routine. To my knowledge research has not substantiated a correlation between taking any supplements and preventing cognitive decline. This is not to say that a benefit does not exist but rather that research has not substantiated the correlation. More study is needed on alternative medicine as is investigation as to the safety of various supplements. In November, the New York Times reported on DNA testing that revealed some companies supplements had a high concentration of powdered rice, weeds and fillers which could be hazardous to ones health. The moral of the story is to consult with a qualified Naturopathic Doctor or your Family Doctor before you start taking supplements. Supplements may be natural but so are crocodiles!