Home » Health

Aging and a Healthy Mind

Aug 18, 2007
Many of us experience a decline in brain function at one time or another. It has been said that after middle age, the brain loses 50,000 nerve cells daily and up to 20% of the hippocampus (involved in memory). This does not have to become a serious problem and there are many examples of people who work in jobs requiring a sharp intellect well into an advanced age.

Here are some things you can do to improve the functioning of your mind. First of all exercise has been shown to improve brain function and decrease the incidence of depression and Alzheimer's disease. Exercise also seems to inhibit the effects of aging on the brain. Benefits can be achieved with as little as 15-30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week. A diet high in saturated fats tends to decrease brain function. So exercise and proper diet can help to improve your mind.

Second, learn something new every day. Stimulating your mind can help it to produce new brain cells. Mental exercise also stimulates existing brain cells to branch and form connections with other cells. The new branches are like adding extra memory to a computer.

Anything that is intellectually challenging will help to stimulate brain cells. Taking up a new endeavor such as music, art or writing or taking a class will provide a good amount of stimulation. Activities that are unlike the activities you do tend to be more stimulating. For example an accountant might take up music or an artist might try math puzzles.

Third, consider taking nutrients. There are a few nutrients that have been shown to increase brain function. Here are a few:

1. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a naturally occurring amino acid. It is found to be effective in enhancing short-term memory for Alzheimer's patients. It may also help to alleviate depression.

2. Ginko biloba has been shown to significantly improve concentration and short-term memory. It acts as a vasodilator that increases blood and oxygen to the brain. It also has antioxidant properties which help to get rid of free radicals that could cause brain damage.

3. Pyroglutamic acid (PCA) helps to improve verbal memory function in patients with age related memory decline. PCA enhances brain function and increases energy in the brain.

4. L-tyrosine helps to negate the effects of stress on the brain. It has a calming, stabilizing effect and has been shown to affect mood and stress. It also helps alleviate depression.

5. Choline boosts production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which helps to protect the brain against age-related memory problems.

We all hope to age gracefully and a well-functioning mind is an important part of healthy aging. In the past it was thought that our genetics determined when our minds would decline. Now we are beginning to see that there are a number of things we can do to keep our minds functioning at an optimal level.
About the Author
Dr. Bruce Forciea is an author, educator and chiropractor. His new book "Unlocking the Healing Code" presents a new paradigm for healing. His site:
contains more information, free newsletter, free guided imagery download and New Age music downloads.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 125
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources