5 Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp at Any Age
How to Slash Age-Related Memory Loss as much as 80%
The sad reality is that more than 5 million Americans are currently living with memory loss, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. And what’s more, one-third of American seniors die due to some form of it.
However, the news is not all bleak, according to Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the non-profit organization that sponsors the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain in Washington D.C.
“You may be able to reduce your risk of age-related cognitive decline by a whopping 70 to 80 percent,” Barnard stated in an ABC News article.
There is compelling evidence that the following four habits can ward off memory problems:
1. Eat Right:
That’s right, past research has linked obesity to a greater risk of memory issues. In fact, one study suggests that memory loss risk is threefold for people who are obese in their 30s.
Besides maintaining a healthy weight, it is wise to enjoy a diet with plenty of veggies, legumes, fruits and whole grains. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals – such as vitamin B6 and folate — that your brain thrives on.
The Chicago Health and Aging Study found that a high intake of fruits and vegetables are linked with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Besides improving brain health, these foods can also improve your physical health and well-being.
2. Get Moving:
It’s no surprise that exercise finds itself on this list. Research proves that that exercise benefits the brain in several different ways. It stands to reason, because cardiovascular exercise causes the heart to pump oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Additionally, it causes your body to produce a brain-derived substance that works as a kind of fertilizer for your brain, encouraging it to sprout new cells.
3. The Beauty of B12:
This B vitamin is found in animal products and fortified foods. Why is it important? It helps reduce levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to cognitive issues.
One Oxford University study of seniors with elevated levels of homocysteine discovered that B vitamin supplementation improved memory. It’s especially important to supplement if you are over 50 or follow a plant-based diet. AS many as 80% of mature adults are deficient in this important energy vitamin-so taking extra B12 is always a great idea.
4. Reduce Stress:
Are you worrying and stressing out about the prospect of cognitive issues at this very moment? Don’t. Scientists say simply worrying about memory loss could actually worsen your chances of maintaining a healthy, sharp mind.
What’s more, stress relief is also prudent for those already struggling with the disease. A recent study found that meditating twice a day for stress relief can help reverse some memory loss.
While there’s no magic bullet to boost memory or help prevent dementia, there have been some exciting advances in the field. One such discovery is the mushroom extract, Hericium Erinaceus-also known as “Lion’s Mane.”
According to one study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2009, this mushroom may benefit older adults with mild cognitive impairment. And in a 2011 study published in Biomedical Research, scientists found hopeful results in mice. The extract helped protect against memory issues caused by buildup of amyloid beta, which is the substance that forms brain plaques associated with cognitive decline.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
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