Some scientists say we start losing our memory and other cognitive abilities as early as our 20’s; although we don’t notice it until decades later.
A healthy diet and the right food and supplements can help to ensure our brain keeps on ‘keeping on’.
Here are 8 tips to help stop the lose of those important brain cells.
- Exercise by stretching the mind. Studies show that leisure physical activity 5 times a week for about 30 minutes or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise 3 times a week will result in better working memory capacity.
- Go for Green Power. People with low B vitamins tend to have higher homocysteine which is now linked to cognitive impairment. So increase your B vitamins with green leafy vegetables, add a B vitamin supplement or use a green protein powder in your smoothie.
- Fight off free radicals. The brain has a high metabolic activity since it is working to control our body constantly. Free radicals damage our brain cells and all the cells of our organs. These free radicals are a part of our normal body processes; they also increase due to our environment and our eating habits. Increase intake of Vitamin C and E. Add more vegetables and fruits, high in antioxidants to your diet.
- Promote mental stamina. Acetyl-L-carnitine promotes energy to nerve cells. Bacopa monneri, an herb from India, has been found to wake up cells by improving cognitive abilities, memory and concentration.
- Spice up your life. Curcumin, found in your kitchen spice rack, like turmeric and curry are potent antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory and pain decreasing compounds. These spices also lowers incidence of plaque growth found in brains of Alzheimer’s patients.1
- Feed your nerve cells. There are several compounds to help with stress response, improve mental function and increase blood flow to brain cells. Find Phosphatidylserine (PS) and CDP-choline, both products have demonstrated helping with mild to moderate dementia, cerebrovascular disorders and Alzheimer’s patients.
- Start popping the blueberries. According to Gary Null, blueberries, blackberries etc. work by crossing the brain barrier to counteract oxidative stress.2
- Thyroid Hormone production declines with age. Many hormone deficiencies cause forgetfulness, especially during menopause, or low thyroid function. Get your level checked with your doctor.All of these suggestions can recharge your brain. Help preserve brain functions and decrease all that fuzzy and foggy thinking.
1.The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods by James Duke PhD, Rodale Inc. 2008
2. Ultimate Anti-aging Program by Gary Null PhD
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist , is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses. Contact her at [email protected]