An elephant never forgets, but as we get older, we sometimes forget things. Where are my keys? Where did I park the car? Why did I come into the kitchen?
A bit of forgetfulness is natural as we get older is natural, and most of us don’t have to start worrying that we’ve got dementia or Alzheimer’s – but we do, and that’s natural also. We can mitigate the consequences of memory loss naturally by eating the right foods. Folic acid found in leafy green vegetables is important to memory retention. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fishes like salmon and mackerel and tuna and sardines help to cut down on inflammation, a possible cause of age-related memory loss.
There are a great many natural health herbs and supplements that can enhance your ability to remember thins. Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to inhibit oxidation of brain cells and enhance circulation of the blood. Huperzine A, which is extracted from club moss (Huperzia serrata), has been studied and shown to help in slowing down the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain neurotransmitter that is linked to Alzheimer’s.
Bacopa and Gotu Kola are Ayurvedic herbs that have really proven to be effective in helping to retain and remember new information, as well as to improve concentration and overall mental performance.
Exercising your memory with mind games and puzzles can keep your brain active and slow down memory loss. And a new extract of the periwinkle plant called vinpocetine is being looked at to improve the circulation of the blood and bringing more oxygen, glucose and other nutrients that your brain requires to work better and remember more effectively.