Women: Hold on to Your Memories… and Your Independence
Most women have a story about an absent-minded man in their family. The husband who forgets their anniversary… the uncle who never remembers birthdays… the father who missed their graduation.
Well, it turns out this old cliché is actually true. A large Norwegian study found that 90% of men have problems with names and dates… and age has nothing to do with it. Women simply remember details better than men.
When it comes to memory, you ladies have a lot more to lose than men.
You have another reason to be concerned. Women with certain cognitive problems tend to deteriorate faster than men do.
So, as a woman, it’s especially important to take good care of your mind. Fortunately, you can. And it can be easier – and more fun – than you might think.
For years, experts recommended doing puzzles and listening to classical music as ways to keep your mind and memory sharp. But more recent studies show these activities have a very limited benefit.
To really keep yourself sharp, try something new.
University of Texas (UT) researchers proved it takes a mental challenge to keep your mind in top shape. And that means learning something new. The UT team discovered that taking up a new activity – such as photography or quilting – improved memory and thinking skills.1
And here’s where it becomes fun. You now have a good reason to follow your dreams. Have you secretly wanted to learn to play bagpipe? Go for it… it’s good for you. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to master French. Or French cooking. Or to earn a black belt in judo.
As long as it’s mentally challenging, it’s good for your brain. Become a life-long learner, and you’ll build a sharper mind while chasing your dreams.
You may know most people’s brains shrink as they age. One area that’s particularly hard hit is the hippocampus. This is an area of the brain that’s closely linked to memory and thinking skills.
So imagine what it might mean if you could grow your brain’s memory center instead.
You can. That’s exactly what happened in a yearlong multi-university study.
Researchers took two similar groups of mature adults. One group did stretching and toning exercises 3 days a week. The other group participated in moderate aerobic exercise.
After a year, the stretching group had lost about 1.4% of the total volume in their hippocampus region. The exercise group, on the other hand, showed had about 2% growth. In other words, they saw a reversal of shrinkage equal to about 1 – 2 years.2
Another trick is one your great-grandmother probably would have recommended. She was probably familiar with the old saw, “Fish is brain food.” And it is.
More specifically, fish oil – rich in Omega-3 fatty acids – is brain food. New research shows fish oil helps defend against the damage done to our brains by junk foods like sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Junk foods can block the development of new neurons. But British scientists found fish oil defends against this damage by “stimulating the areas of the brain that control feeding, learning and memory.” 3
Another British team looked at lifestyle choices and mental clarity. They reviewed detail health records of 2,235 men over a span of 30 years. They discovered 5 habits that slashed the risk of mental decline…
• Not smoking
• Watching your weight
• Eating at least 3 daily servings of fruit and vegetables
• Getting regular exercise
• Moderate alcohol intake
Those who followed 4 or 5 of these habits cut their risk of mental decline by a whopping two-thirds!4
Nutritional supplements can help you keep your mind sharp, too. Take the minerals selenium and magnesium, for instance.
Selenium is critical to healthy nerve function. Several enzymes critical to brain function require selenium. And animal studies link low selenium levels to serious malfunctions.
You need magnesium for nerve signaling – including regulation of muscle contractions and maintaining the steady rhythm of your heart.
Taurine is an amino acid that helps control calcium levels in your cells. This balance – called homeostasis – is critical to nerve health. Calcium builds up in nerve cells can trigger these cells to “self-destruct.”
Ginkgo biloba is one of the best-known herbs for memory. It appears to work by increasing blood flow to the brain.
A number of studies show that Ginkgo is effective in promoting a sharp memory. For example, a 2002 university study in Virginia looked at volunteers over 60. After taking Gingko for 60 days, their scores on memory tests improved.5
Perhaps the most exciting herb for memory, though, is an elusive mushroom called “Lion’s Mane.”
The Japanese call it “yamabushitake,” which translates to “mountain priest mushroom.” And it’s a much sought-after herbal remedy throughout the Far East.
While it has many uses, Lion’s Mane is most remarkable for its effect on nerve cells.
Working with nerve cell cultures, scientists in Ukraine discovered exposure to Lion’s Mane extract speed up the repair process to the cell’s protective sheath.6
A Japanese team found Lion’s Mane triggered production of NGF – nerve growth factor – in cultured human cells.7 This is important, because NGF helps protect and repair nerve cells.
In human trials, Lion’s Mane has shown excellent results.
Doctors in Japan gave Lion’s Mane to a group of 50 – 80-year-old volunteers for 16 weeks. All suffered from brain fog and memory problems. At 8 weeks, the volunteers’ scores on memory and cognition tests had improved. Their scores improved again at 12 weeks. And again at 16 weeks.8
In other words, as long as they kept taking the Lion’s Mane, their scores kept going up!
So you probably won’t be surprised to learn Lion’s Mane is at the heart of the memory formula I designed with my friends at Best Life Herbals. Lion’s Mane also includes the other nutrients I mentioned here – along with a dozen more potent memory boosters.
Your memories are precious. With a few simple lifestyle changes and the right herbs and nutrients, your chances of holding on to those memories – and your independence – go way up.
1 “Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp,” Association for Psychological Science. Oct 31, 2013.
2 Erickson, K.I., et al, “Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory,” PNAS. Feb 15, 2011; 108(7): 3017-3022.
3 “Fish oil may stall effects of junk food on brain,” University of Liverpool. May 14, 2013.
4 Elwood, P., et al, “Healthy Lifestyles Reduce the Incidence of Chronic Diseases and Dementia: Evidence from the Caerphilly Cohort Study,” PLoS ONE. 2013; 8(12): e81877.
5 Mix, J.A. and Crews, W.D. Jr., “A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 in a sample of cognitively intact older adults: neuropsychological findings,” Hum Psychopharmacol. Aug 2002; 17(6): 267-277.
6 Kolotushkina, E.V., et al, “The influence of Hericium erinaceus extract on myelination process in vitro,” Fiziol Zh. 2003; 49(1): 38-45.
7 Mori, K., et al, “Nerve growth factor-inducing activity of Hericium erinaceus in 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells,” Biol Pharm Bull. Sep 2008; 31(9): 1727-1732.
8 Mori, K., et al, “Improving effects of the mushroom Yamabushitake (Hericium erinaceus) on mild cognitive impairment: a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial,” Phytother Res. Mar 2009; 23(3): 367-372.
THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
All material herein is provided for information only and may not be construed as personal medical advice. No action sh ould be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The publisher is not a licensed medical care provider. The information is provided with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in the practice of medicine or any other health-care profession and does not enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship with its readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy, reliability, effectiveness or correct use of information you receive through our product or for any health problems that may result from training programs, products, or events you learn about through the site. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions. The FDA has not evaluated these statements. None of the information or products discussed on this site are intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate or cure any disease.
If you want to end your subscription or you need to change your e-mail address, please follow the instructions below. Your changes will be effective immediately. However, if you do not follow the instructions below and simply hit reply instead, we may not receive your request and cannot assure you that it will be completed.
To manage your subscription by mail or for any other subscription issues, write us at:
Best Life Herbals
329 E 2100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84115