Memory Loss

Natural Remedies For Memory Loss

One of the most common complaints in the aging population is an overall decline in memory; both in short term memory and long term recall.  Some of this just seems to be age related decline, but regardless of the cause there is actually an incredible amount that can be done for preventing and revitalizing the brains ability to use its memory effectively.  Sometimes memory loss is connected to a degenerative dementia like Alzheimer’s, but this isn’t always the case.  Memory problems should definitely be investigated because of this possibility, but regardless of the cause there is a lot we can do to revitalize and nurture the brain for overall health and memory function.  A substantial cause of memory problems is the brain not getting adequate nutrients, and not taking in enough antioxidants to prevent oxidative brain damage.


How Can I Prevent Brain Damage?

  • Firstly, we should point out that we mostly mean damage to the brain from toxins and oxidizing compounds, not ‘brain damage’ from impacts.
  • Removing as many toxins from your environment, or avoiding them is vital.  Car exhaust, chemicals in food, cleaners and detergents (including bleach and ammonia), chemicals in hygiene products (fluoride toothpaste, shampoos, etc.), and so on are major contributors to cancers and brain damage.  Find cheaper alternatives, avoid contact when possible, and detox, detox, detox!
  • Antioxidants are seriously important for long term health and vibrancy, and definitely for memory and brain function.  Oxidation happens when a chemical in the body steals an electron from one of our body’s atoms, which can cause our own chemicals and even cells to malfunction.  Over time this oxidative effect can seriously damage our body, especially organs like the brain, on top of being able to initiate some cancers. Antioxidants are chemicals and compounds that donate an electron to the atoms that had one stolen by oxidating compounds, so helps slow or minimize the impact.  Most antioxidants are from brightly colored fruit and vegetables, such as kale, peppers, berries, papayas, and so on.  Keep a diet rich in these.


How Can I Improve Memory

  • When trying to maintain memory, one of the first and most important things is to use your brain!  Study, read books that interest you, play a musical instrument, learn different languages, do puzzles, stay socially engaged, and just think!  If you do not force your mind to remember things near and far into the past, it will lose its ability to.  The same goes with other attributes of the brain, so keep it in use and it will keep pliable and functional.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids are very important for numerous parts and functions in our body, as well as for fighting many conditions and diseases.  One of the most important roles of this vital fat is in the construction and protection of our nervous system, including the brain!  Eating fatty fish, seeds/nuts and their oils such as walnut, flax, and hemp, and other sources to keep the diet rich in omega 3’s will have many more benefits than just your memory, but is an important step to keep your mental faculties going.
  • Acetyl-L carnitine has been shown in some studies to help alzheimers patients with memory problems, especially for those earlier on in the disease.  It also has many other health benefits, including some to do with weight and diabetes.
  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, especially when coupled with selenium, but vitamin E in particular appears to have some benefits for slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s.
  • Gingko biloba is an age old memory improving herb, however there has unfortunately been very little evidence in trials to suggest this.  The blood flow increasing properties suggest that it may help improve brain function, but for now the science doesn’t back this up.  Do be aware of the blood thinning properties in case you are already on blood thinning medicines or are at risk of bleeding.
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