This past weekend I was visiting with my mother-in-law. After asking me the same question a second time, she said, “my memory is not the same as it used to be.” That, coming from an 88 year-old woman, may be all to common for the elderly. However, when it comes to middle-aged individuals, that should not be the norm. So, is there a way to improve our memory, or at least keep it from failing us as we age? And is there a relationship between omega-3 and your memory? Let’s find out!
After reading the article below, “Ways to Improve Your Memory” by TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, Brazos Minshew, I believe there are certain things we CAN do to improve our memory and keep it sharp as we continue to age, just as Mr. Minshew mentions in his article. I’ve posted the complete article below.
Ways to Improve Your Memory by Brazos Minshew
OK, I will admit it if you will: I have forgotten the names of people while I was talking to them! I have lost my car keys, misplaced my glasses and turned the wrong way on my drive home.
How about you? Does it seem like your memory is playing tricks on you as you age? Well, there are reasons for that and very few of these reasons are related to diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How to make a memory
Your memory is an amazing miracle. Every second your brain processes billions of bits of information from your five senses. You may consciously perceive only a very small percentage of this information because one function of your brain is to filter out unimportant information. The things you remember will usually be advantageous to you. For instance, remembering your wedding anniversary date or remembering where the speed trap is on your drive home.
Memory is classed into two basic groups:
- Short-term: Short term memories are quickly forgotten when they are no longer important.
- Long-term: Long-term memories may be divided into recent and distant.
Practicing or rehearsing can improve your memory by moving more information into long-term. For instance, when I am distracted by stress I will not be able to remember where I left my car keys. That information was deleted from my short-term memory. However, if I consciously say, “I am hanging my car keys on the hook,” I am far more likely to remember where they are.
How to keep a memory
Stress kills your memory. The stress system is designed to ensure survival. It helps us fight off a snarling dog or flee from a snarling bear. As important as that is, humans do more every day than merely survive. If you want to have a good, healthy memory, do all you can to reduce the need for fight or flight stress responses.
Learn something new
As mentioned, practicing or rehearsing something enhances memory. So does learning something new. You see, memory is facilitated through the billions of neurons and synapses in your brain by patterns: retracing old patterns as well as creating new patterns. The more new things we master and the more connections we create, the better our overall memory will be.
If you want to remember your anniversary, start learning a foreign language. If you want to remember important names, learn a musical instrument. The more you learn – and the more you connect the old with the new – the better your overall memory will be.
How to nourish a memory
Certain nutrients help the memory to remain sharp. These nutrients fall into two basic categories: those that create brain structure and those that nourish brain function.
Your brain is made mostly of fat. And the majority of that fat is an Omega-3 called DHA. So, to have a healthy brain we need healthy fats. Your nerve cells convert some fats into functional nerve proteins called myelin. Formation of myelin requires dietary protein and Vitamin B-12. So, for healthy brain structure and function we need Omega-3 fats, healthy dietary protein and Vitamin B-12.
When the memory is activated, it creates heat in the brain. To fuel the memory, quench the heat and repair the daily wear-and-tear on your brain, you need antioxidants. Certain antioxidants target brain function specifically. An excellent antioxidant formula that is also anti-inflammatory comes from Betalain bioflavonoids with is in the nopal cactus, and also help improve circulation by fortifying healthy arteries.
What do you remember?
To recap: Occasional memory lapses usually indicate you are distracted by stress. Rehearsing things you want to remember and practicing new things you have learned can help you avoid stress-induced memory lapses. Because new behaviors create new pathways in your brain, learning something new such as a new language or musical instrument can improve your overall memory.
Stress kills your memory. Nutrients such as Omega-3, Vitamin B-12 and anti-inflammatory antioxidants such as those found in the nopal cactus fruit, can help rebuild and restore your ability to remember. With all of these tools at your disposal, you have access to the power of a healthy memory. ** End of Article **
From the Franklin Institute on the effects of stress and memory loss: “Chronic over-secretion of stress hormones adversely affects brain function, especially memory. Too much cortisol can prevent the brain from laying down a new memory, or from accessing already existing memories.”
We need to keep our brains active, and reduce or eliminate stress. If not, we’ll wind up having increased memory loss and probably make the same statement as my mother-in-law. We only go through this life once, and it’s important to take care of our bodies by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking on some activity that will keep your mind sharp. You may even want to think about supplementing your diet with one of the nutritional products from TriVita®.
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The above information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.