Monday, February 25, 2008


· Breakfast
· Lots of fruits and vegetables for vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids.
· Include some vegetable oils, nuts, and wheat germ for vitamin E.

Mild lapses in memory are common with age and simple forgetfulness such as forgetting a name or losing objects is relatively benign.
Profound memory loss is a universal symptom of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Benign age-related memory loss may result from shrinkage of the brain's nerves, diminished production of brain chemicals, or restricted blood flow to brain tissue.

Exercise and a health diet can help preserve brain longevity and sustain memory. Protective brain longevity and sustain memory.

Eat breakfast : Eating breakfast can do wonders for your memory, according to researchers showed the taking in calories from either protein, fat, or carbohydrates boosted their performance on memory tests. Previous research has shown that carbohydrates can fuel memory-based performance, possibly due to the rise in blood sugar provided by carbohydrates. While it appears that any breakfast is better than no breakfast, the researchers suggest that carbohydrates still generally give longer-term benefits to memory.

Get plenty of beta carotene and vitamin C : Researches believe these antioxidants may delay brain aging and enhance mental longevity and fitness by combating free radicals in the brain. Experimental research suggests that flavonoids in blueberries may slow age-related decline in mental function.

Consume lots of vitamin E : Other research is looking at the link between blood levels of vitamin E and memory function in the elderly. Another study showed an association between past intake of vitamin E and mental acuity in old age, and other studies have found vitamin E helpful in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Iron may also be important for memory : Research suggests depressed levels can impair memory function. When children have an iron deficiency, they score better on tests of memory when this deficiency is corrected.

Try ginkgo biloba : Current research indicates that ginkgo biloba extracts may have a limited effect on improving memory. As with other herbal products, the lack of standardization is a concern, as is the possibility that labels may not reflect contents accurately.

One more supplement : Phosphatidylserine, an a naturally occurring compound in the brain that maintains cell membrane fluidity, is available as a supplement.

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