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Does this describe you: You walk into the living room to get

something, only to get there and forget what you needed? You

often hear “Yes, you already told me about that” or maybe you

thought you told someone, but you never actually verbalized it.

Someone tells you their name and then ninety seconds later you

say, “Ok, tell me your name again.”

Perhaps you’re not as young as you used to be, you have more on

your plate to keep track of or you have a diagnosed or even

undiagnosed medical condition. Whatever the reason, you seem to

be plagued with a bad case CRS – Can’t Remember Squat. First and

foremost if you haven’t had a physical exam in a while, go see

your doctor. You’ll want to rule out anything serious that may

be causing your CRS. Barring any serious findings, you can take

some herbs, vitamins and other supplements to help regain some of

your memory. The vitamins, herbs and supplements listed below

may help.

Essential Fatty Acids, otherwise known as fish oils or EPA-DHA

are well known for their anti-inflammatory activity. Furthermore,

DHA is required for normal brain function in adults. Decreases in

brain DHA content are associated with age-related cognitive

decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies suggest that Polyphenol found in the skins of red grapes

and various other plants may protect against inflammation and

cognitive disorders.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is also an excellent antioxidant agent in

neurodegenerative diseases due to the fact that it can interrupt

free radical damage at several points. It has been shown to

elevate antioxidants in various brain regions and improves

memory. Further, ALA supports healthy blood glucose levels and

insulin activity.

Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant cofactor that has been shown to

protect the brain. In addition to being a potent free radical

scavenger, CoQ10 has proven to be effective in a wide variety of

age-related conditions.

Vitamin E is the primary antioxidant found in all tissues. Low

vitamin E levels are consistently associated with an increased

risk and occurrence of neurological diseases, including

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In a study of patients with

Alzheimer’s, treatment with 2000 IU of vitamin E per day for 2

years was beneficial in delaying the primary outcome (time to the

occurrence of death, institutionalization, loss of ability to

perform activities of daily living, and severe dementia) of

disease progression.

Ginkgo biloba extract is an approved treatment for dementia in

Germany, and it is the only nonprescription substance considered

a treatment for dementia in Canada. Ginkgo biloba is one extract

readily available. It enhances mental efficiency in elderly

patients with mild to moderate memory impairment. It is also

shown to improve cognitive function in patients with dementia, to

enhance blood flow to the brain, enhances cognitive performance

in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Further it is said to

enhance memory in young individuals.

Adaptogenic herbs have been shown to reduce the negative effects

of stress. Due to the decreased ability to handle stress and the

increased levels of glucocorticoids associated with aging and

neurodegeneration, herbs with adaptogenic properties may be

beneficial. Ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha, holy basil, and

brahmi have a positive influence on stress response, mental

function, and cognition.

Carotenoids are a class of naturally occurring plant pigments

that provide the bright red, orange, and yellow colors of fruits

and vegetables. A balanced intake of mixed carotenoids, as found

in a healthy diet, provides the best protection against oxidative

damage.

Folate and vitamins B6 and B12 are needed for proper brain

function. Insufficiencies of these nutrients may result in

forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, depression, dementia, and

mood and sensory changes. One study stated that age-related

impairment of cognitive function is likely related to vitamin

deficiencies, and is “preventable or reversible with improved

vitamins, especially vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate.”

Additionally, scientists searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s

disease have found a potential ally in the herb sage. Checking

the writings of herbalists working four centuries ago, scientists

in England found a marked improvement in the memory capabilities

of Alzheimer’s patients who took sage oil extract. The finding

was consistent with a discovery by researchers at the

Universities’ Medicinal Plant Research Center that sage protects

a key chemical destroyed in Alzheimer’s.

This list is not all inclusive and there could be a number of

other factors (environment, diet, disease) that could be the root

cause of your CRS. However, starting with a few supplements may

help you remember where you left your car keys!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes

only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any

disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any

health care program.



Source by Emily Clark

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