Mend Your Short Term Memory Loss
Short term memory loss can be a normal part of brain aging, but when it occurs more frequently, it could be a sign for a much more serious condition such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Not so long ago, you could remember everything and recall all the significant and the not so significant events of your life. You could even remember stories from your childhood, but now it seems you can’t even remember what you had for lunch yesterday.
It is not as if you are experiencing a selective memory loss which can be caused by a traumatic event or head injury. Trouble recalling events and forgetfulness just seems to be the order of the day and to top it all, you are confused about why you are going through these memory lapses.
What Causes Memory Loss
Aging and loss of memory is a common thing. In fact, your brain begins to age when you reach twenty years, when neurotransmitters, the chemicals that send messages between the brain cells and allow us to concentrate and remember things sharply become less efficient. Brain cells start to die off and the entire brain begins to shrink. All these changes weaken memory, causing short term memory loss.
Studies have proven that about sixty five percent of brain age related memory loss is caused by poor lifestyle choices and not a genetic problem as it is widely believed. This goes to show that it is not too late to take care of our brain with the proper nourishment in order to prevent short term memory loss or even reverse memory loss.
Another cause of short term memory loss is to do with your mitochondria, the tiny energy producers inside each cell. Brain cells need fuel to power memory and the fuel is supplied by mitochondria. Studies have shown that when mitochondria are damaged, memory decreases, but when mitochondria are repaired, memory increases.
Mitochondria can be damaged by oxidation caused by aging, a diet too rich in refined carbohydrates and saturated fat. Other factors that cause oxidation are pollution and environmental hazards.
Common Signs Of Short Term Memory Loss
* Trouble recalling a recent event
* Finding where you placed an object
* Trouble putting a name to a face or a place
How To Prevent Memory Loss
Research has shown that the best ways to keep your brain healthy and your memory sharp throughout your life are consuming nourishing foods, making regular exercise a part of your routine, partaking in brain-sharpening activities and reducing stress.
The Mediterranean diet is known to protect you against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, but that’s not all it does. It also protects your brain. Scientists studied the health and diet of more than 2,000 people over the age of sixty five for up to 12 years.
Participants were monitored on their adherence to the Mediterranean diet. Two hundred and sixty two participants developed Alzheimer’s disease during the study. Those who ate a Mediterranean diet were 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to those who didn’t.
The conclusion was that this type of diet might help prevent Alzheimer’s or memory loss by improving the health of blood vessels in the brain, reducing inflammation and providing a high level of brain-protecting antioxidants.
The Mediterranean diet is very tasty and easy to follow by all people. This diet consists of mainly fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, beans and more monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. Very little red meat is consumed with this diet and alcohol intake is very moderate, with red wine as the preferred choice.
Natural Remedies For Memory Loss
It is no longer necessary to accept short term memory loss as something inevitable that you have to live with. Aside of sudden memory loss which can be brought on by trauma, there are several people who have had highly functional memories and agile minds through their golden years and you can have the same if you adhere to certain lifestyle changes.
Start off by preventing and repairing the oxidation of mitochondria by taking L-Carnitine, a nutrient that decreases age-related damage of the brain structure responsible for forming memories.
Another nutrient that boosts memory is Alpha Lipoic Acid. Research shows that combining both L-Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid help dramatically improve memory.
You can also feed your memory and counter short term memory loss with the following herbs and nutrients:
Vitamin C and E have been shown to fight free radical damage and poor memory. Vitamin E especially has been shown to ward off Alzheimer’s. Vitamin C rich foods are oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, peppers, cantaloupe and strawberries. Vitamin E rich foods are wheat germ, nuts, seeds and vegetables oils.
Increase B vitamins. Folate, vitamin B6, thiamin and vitamin B12 are the B vitamins that play key roles in brain function. Studies have shown that people who suffer from vitamin B deficiencies score lower on memory and problem solving tests. Eat spinach, beets, avocados, and asparagus for folate. Low-fat cheese, fish and poultry will supply you with B12, whilst B6 and thiamin can be obtained from potatoes, beans and watermelons.
Omega-3 fatty acids can improve memory. They keep brain cells more flexible and healthy. Salmon, walnuts and flax seeds are uniquely rich in omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the brain. Other good sources of this fat include halibut, shrimp, and cod. Vegetable sources are Brussels sprouts, kale and collard greens.
Aim for more antioxidants. Foods rich in antioxidants fight damaging free radicals in the body. Beta carotene is one of the foods that do this job. Beta carotene protects brain cells and helps you think, reason and remember. Unfortunately millions of people throughout the world do not get enough of beta carotene. Colored foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, tomatoes, broccoli, cantaloupe and collard greens are all good sources.
According to Chester Santos who recently won the National Memory Championship, “taking the right vitamins and supplements, coupled with the proper mental training can help dramatically improve memory”. He says that every day he takes a fish oil supplement for omega-3 fatty acid, a B-complex vitamin for concentration and a daily multivitamin for overall health.
So if you are feeling confused and having trouble concentrating or remembering things, why not feed your brain with some of these nutrients and walk away from poor memory.
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