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Beat Dementia. 5 Secrets to a Better Memory

Aug 17, 2007
Have you ever gone into a room and wondered why you went there? Lost your car keys? Most of us experience these memory lapses from time to time. This is a normal part of aging.
The good news is that you have numerous options if you wish to boost your brain
power, improve your memory and protect yourself from the debilitating effects of dementia and Alzheimers disease. Here are five.

The following suggestions are based on current research studies. Thy include changes to diet and lifestyle.

FOLATE AND B GROUP VITAMINS.

If you eat foods containing high amounts of folate and B group vitamins found in leafy green vegetables and fruit, you can improve your memory and cut your risk of developing Alzheimers disease by more than half.

A ten year study found that people who consumed at least 400 micrograms of folate a day [the recommended daily allowance of the vitamin] experienced a 55 percent lower risk of developing the disease.

GINKO BILOBA.

This herb is used to improve blood flow to your body extremities, including your brain. It is an important antioxidant to counter the effects of brain damaging free radicals.

The Alzheimers Society of the UK indicated positive research results using ginko biloba. As this herb can thin the blood, do not take this or any supplement if on warfarin therapy, without seeking medical advice.

OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS.

These important acids called EPA and DHA are found in fish oil capsules or oily fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel. Your brain is made up of 60 percent fat and half of this fat is DHA.

Your brain is highly dependent on DHA. Low DHA levels have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss and a higher risk of developing Alzheimers disease.

COENZYME Q10.

Many people including some doctors, have never heard of CoQ10, yet research has indicated many health benefits, particularly for your brain and heart. It has well documented energy and memory boosting qualities and aging brain cells need energy!

Research by the National Academy of Science confirms that this key energy transporter produces profound anti aging effects on the brain.

FINALLY, KEEP PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.

Exercise is very good for your memory according to research at the Center for Brain Health, New York University School of Medicine. It should also be combined with a diet that contributes to weight control. Exercise also helps regulate glucose because it increases insulin sensitivity. This is particularly important if you are a diabetic or prediabetic.

Never start a new treatment before consulting your doctor, especially if you are currently taking medication. The information published in this article is not intended as a substitute for personal medical advice from your physician or other qualified health-care practitioner. It is for information purposes only.
About the Author
Graeme Lanham is a freelance writer and health/fitness researcher. His new book "Your Life Fitness" includes current research studies on fitness and anti-aging. Discover more about the secrets to improving your memory and receive a FREE subscription to his regular subscribers only newsletter at:
http://www.yourlifefitness.com
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