Misplaced documents. Forgotten names. Missed appointments. More than
two-thirds of people over sixty-five say that they have trouble recalling
old details and absorbing new ones. To some people, memory problems are
just part of what used to be called "senility," an unfortunate but natural
part of old age. For others, periodic forgetfulness sets off alarm bells:
Is this Alzheimer's? Stroke? Dementia?
Poor memory is a problem but not an inevitable part of the aging process.
While it's true that nerve cells in the brain do shrink a little with
advanced age and that it's harder for them to form connections with one
another, most researchers now believe that memory loss is caused mainly by
lifestyle factors. Most cases can be prevented or reversed with some simple
changes in diet, exercise, and habits.
Many people with memory problems are actually suffering from a malnourished
brain. The brain, like the rest of the body, needs to receive its supply of
oxygen and nutrients from the blood if it is to function at its best.
Chemicals called neurotransmitters, which enable the brain cells to
communicate and create memory links, are especially dependent on good
nutrition. The brain also needs high doses of nutrients to fight damage
from free radicals. Of particular importance are essential fatty acids,
which are required for the cell walls of the brain cells. These essential
fatty acids, particularly DHA, impact memory and concentration in a
positive fashion. When the circulation is sluggish and blood is low in
"brain food," memory disturbances may well be the result.
Other factors can contribute as well. Several medications, alone or in
combination, can cause memory loss, as can underlying illnesses like
depression, thyroid problems, and chronic fatigue. Sometimes even allergic
reactions to food can impair memory. Poor digestion can be at the root of
memory problems, as can a hormone imbalance. In particular, elevated levels
of the stress hormone cortisol can impair memory. One must also consider
hypoglycemia as a possibility of poor memory. This makes sense, considering
that glucose is the primary fuel source for the brain. Systemic candidiasis
frequently causes a foggy or poor memory. Also, toxic metals such as lead,
mercury, and others can impair mental function and should be chelated out,
if they're a problem.
If you try the suggestion here and your problems don't improve within a
couple of weeks, see your doctor.
Difficulty recalling details
Caution: If you have trouble recalling the names of close friends and
family members, or if your memory problems began after a head injury,
see your doctor immediately.
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The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch,
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Take 300 mg daily. This naturally occurring
phospholipids improves brain cell communication and
Super Prescription # 2 Bacopa (Bacopa monniera)
This nutrient has been shown to improve memory and
recall. Take 300 mg daily.
Super Prescription #3
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Take 120 mg two to three times daily. It improves
circulation to the brain, improves memory, and has
antioxidant benefits. Must be 24%.
Super Prescription #4
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Take 1,000 mcg daily. Sublingual is the best form for
helping this condition. A vitamin B12 deficiency
contributes to poor memory.
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Take this product as directed. This has shown great
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Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax seed oil or 2 to 5
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Take 500 mg three times daily. It improves brain cell
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A poor diet, especially one that's high in fat and low in nutrients
Inactivity, both physical and mental
Abuse of alcohol or street drugs
Underlying disorders, such as candidiasis, heavy-metal poisoning,
depression, dementia, thyroid disorders, and hypoglycemia.
Nutritional deficiencies (especially of DHA, vitamin B12, folic acid)
A good diet is crucial to brain health.
Eat a wholesome diet of basic, unprocessed foods. Because conventionally
grown foods often contain toxins, buy organic whenever possible. If organic
food is unavailable or too expensive, wash your food thoroughly before
The antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E will combat damage from free radicals.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are among the best sources of antioxidants, so
have a couple of servings at every meal. For vitamin E, add wheat germ to
salads, cereals, or juices. Nuts and seeds are other good sources of this
A deficiency of the B-complex vitamins can cause memory problems. Brewer's
yeast is a potent source of B vitamins, as are wheat germ, eggs, and
To improve circulation, increase energy levels, and detoxify your body,
drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours.
Eat plenty of fiber to keep toxins moving through your digestive tract and
to prevent them from taking up residence in your body. Whole grains, oats,
and raw or lightly cooked vegetables are good sources of fiber that are
also nutritionally dense.
Consume fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and other clean fish, three times
weekly for their essential fatty acids.
If you're older, your digestive system may not be able to absorb nutrients
as well as it used to. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are easily
absorbable and packed with the vitamins you need, so have several glasses
Foods to Avoid
Determine whether your memory problems are caused or aggravated by food
allergies. You may want to focus on cutting out wheat and dairy, as
allergic responses to these items are most likely to lead to memory
problems. If your memory improves when a food or foods are removed from
your diet and worsens when they are reintroduced, banish those products
from your diet.
Drastically reduce your intake of foods that are high in cholesterol or
saturated fat. They impede blood flow.
Avoid sugar and processed foods, which add nothing or very little in the
way of vitamins or minerals and actually deplete much-needed nutrients from
your brain cells.
Alcohol destroys brain cells, causes dehydration, and clouds the mind. Stay
away from it.
If your memory problems persist, you may want to determine whether you
suffer from heavy metal poisoning. Consult an expert for a test.
A three-day juice fast once a month will help flush toxins out of your
body. Support your fast with a wide variety of juices so that you get the
nutrition you need.
Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) is used as a brain tonic in Ayurvedic
medicine. It reduces stress hormone levels. Take 100 to 3,000 mg daily.
Phosphatidyl choline is a nutrient that increases acetylcholine levels
to improve memory. Take 1,000 to 1,500 mg daily.
Panax ginseng improves memory and balances stress hormone levels. Take
a standardized product containing 4 to 7 percent ginsenosides at 100 to
250 mg twice daily. Do not use it if you have high blood pressure.
DHEA is an important hormone for cognitive function. If your level of
DHEA is low, talk with your doctor about starting at a dosage of 15 mg.
Cordyceps sinensis is used in Chinese medicine for poor memory. Take 2
to 4 capsules daily.
DMAE helps the body produce acetyl choline for memory and has
antioxidant properties. Take 100 mg daily.
Gotu kola is an Ayurvedic herb that historically has been used as a
brain tonic. Take 120 mg daily.
B-complex contains the B vitamins that are involved with brain
function. Take 100 mg daily.
Antioxidant formula: choose a formula that contains a wide range of
antioxidants, such as selenium, carotenoids, vitamin C, and others.
Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) extract improves mental alertness. Take 800
mg twice daily.
Chlorella improves the detoxification of toxic metals that may be
causing free radical damage. Take as directed on the container.
A high-potency multivitamin supplies most of the vitamins and the
minerals involved with memory. Take as directed on the container.
When it comes to brain function, more and more evidence shows that the
old adage "Use it or lose it" is good advice. If you don't work your
brain, it will grow lazy and bored. By contrast, people who continue to
engage in intellectual and social activities throughout old age retain
their brain power and general health much longer than people who retire
to the easy chair. Crosswords, chess, checkers, and reading are all
examples of daily mind-exercising events.
Regular, moderate exercise will keep the blood circulating to your
brain. Consider taking up a sport, such as tennis or golf, that has a
social component; that way, you'll stimulate your mind as well as your
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