Being in my mid-50s, I have noticed that my memory is not what it used to be. It seems that everyone that is my age range also has the same complaints.
Of course, we all worry about Alzheimer’s and are concerned. However, most of what we are experiencing are age-related cognitive decline. This is not abnormal as people age. However, what we want to do is slow it down. So what are the options?
One simple way is to manage insulin spikes by managing your diet. Eating five times a day and avoiding high glycemic foods helps to maintain a normal blood sugar. Peaks and spikes of blood sugar are detrimental to memory.
In addition, you can avoid anemia by having your blood tested. Those with iron deficiency anemia do not perform as well and verbal learning and memory is those without it. Please do not take iron as a preventative however. Those with anemia or low iron take excess iron. It is not good for you.
A couple of herbs seemed to be helpful for some. While some people swear by ginkgo biloba, I have not seen as many good results with it for memory. What I like to use with patients is the herb Bacopa monnieri. In urban it is native to India, used in Ayurvedic medicine. Bacopa displays antioxidant as well as cell protective effects.
Stress can also play a big role in memory by deleting norepinephrine and dopamine from the brain. The loss of these neurotransmitters can result in impairment of cognitive function. Tyrosine is a precursor of norepinephrine and dopamine and may be helpful in boosting their production.
Also learning to manage stress can be extremely helpful. A meditative or prayer practice can be helpful in managing stress. I personally like to recommend http://coherence.com/ is a resource for learning to relax. One of the simple methods recommended is taking a breath in for six seconds and then out for six seconds. It does not have to take much to start to learn to relax.
Another new product that I am very excited about is PERCEPTIV. There is 20 years of research on PERCEPTIV and five university directed independent clinical studies published in the literature. It is a patented blend of vitamins and nutrients research to help memory.
PERCEPTIV helps to improve and maintain short memory. It also enhances mental clarity and performance. PERCEPTIV helps to protect our brains and restore a healthy mood. PERCEPTIVcontains a combination of folic acid, B12, vitamin D, acetyl l-carnitine, SAMe, and N–acetyl–L–cysteine.
PERCEPTIV has a way to determine if it is working for you. They had a test that you can do before even trying PERCEPTIV. Then you take the supplement for one to two months, retake the test, and notice your improvement.
The simple test is simply connecting numbers with letters without lifting your pen from the paper. It will not take long as all you will need to do is connect 1-A then without lifting pen go to 2-B, then 3-C and so on.
Make sure you record your time before you start and after you finish. Then come back and take the test again for taking weeks after you start taking PERCEPTIV.
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