3 Tips On Improving Memory

Where did I put those car keys? Oh! What was her name?!

Everyone has momentary lapses of memory. And those of us over the age of 50 pass it off as a given. It comes with growing old, we think.

But does it? Scientists are now discovering that we can grow new brain cells at all ages of life—no matter how old we are! By making small adjustments in our lifestyles, we can make big improvements to our health!

Here are 3 very simple things that we can do to help our aging brains stay sharp:

#1. Allow for 20 minutes of physical activity a day.

Findings consistently show that an increased level of physical activity on a regular basis by people at any age helps to improve brain function and mood—thereby improving our quality of life.

But here is the good news. The 20 minutes of exercise could be something as simple as walking. If you have a physical restriction or disability that prevents you from running, biking or swimming—no need to worry. It’s important to know that any physical exercise undertaken on a regular basis is beneficial for memory.

#2. Cut back on sugar.

It’s important to keep our blood sugar and insulin at a healthy level even if you are not a diabetic.

A study in the journal Neurology demonstrated that high blood sugar causes the hippocampus —the part of our brain that is responsible for memories—to atrophy. This shrinking of the hippocampus is found in people who experience early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

It has been well documented that sugar consumption is also linked to memory loss in rats. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 46 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup a year. This makes the U.S. the largest consumer of sweets in the world.

All findings suggest that even in the absence of diabetes, monitoring and managing our intake of sugar (glucose levels) improves our ability to learn new things.

 #3. Vitamins and supplements known as memory
enhancers or brain boosters can help too.

The most promising ones are:

Ginkgo biloba— This is an herb that is sometimes used to treat disorders that seem to be caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. These disorders are more likely to occur in older people and can include loss of memory, headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), vertigo and depression.

Omega-3 fatty acids—We all need fat in our diet. It helps our bodies to absorb vitamins and gives us energy. But it’s important to get the right kind of fat. Omega-3 fatty acids are the best known type of fat for healthy brains. They can be found in foods such as avocados, fish, almonds, and olive oil, to name a few. If your diet is lacking in foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, supplements may benefit your overall health.

Asian ginseng—Studies have shown that Asian ginseng may lower blood glucose. Other studies indicate possible beneficial effects on our immune system and brain health.

The important news that scientists are now discovering is that aging does not mean loss of memory and disability. If we make a commitment to good health we can maintain our quality of life long into our ‘golden years.’

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Chris Horton

Chris is a journalist and a contributor for DailyHealthDigital® . His background is in the pharmaceutical and biochemical industries. Chris writes about new research, discoveries, trends and all health related topics.