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Alzheimer Health News

Memory Loss

Written By: Dr. Jan McBarren, Duke and The Doctor   Print   Email
Published - Apr 5, 2011

Though we may know the answers to these questions now, our minds do age and our memory naturally fades as we reach our later years. Memory loss is painful for the ones experiencing the problem but also for those of us who watch helplessly as the people we love forget names, places and how to perform the simplest of activities. Most of us have either had a parent or grandparent suffering from memory loss oftentimes brought on by stroke, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, or we at least know of a friend whose loved one has been struck by one of these diseases. In the cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s, the person suffering memory loss slowly loses their grasp on who they are, who their family members and friends are and even how to make everyday decisions.

In the 1992 presidential campaign, Ross Perot, the Reform Party candidate for president, chose Admiral James Stockdale for his vice presidential candidate. Admiral Stockdale was one of the most highly decorated naval officers in the country and seemed, at first, to be a brilliant choice for a vice presidential pick. But in his vice presidential debate, he opened with the line, “Who am I and why am I here?” That question brought criticism about Stockdale’s age and questions about his capacity to lead, ultimately hurting the ticket in the election. Then he found himself suddenly the butt of late night TV jokes and parodies. Though the admiral was not suffering from any brain disease, or at least that we know of, that perception was reality! Memory loss affects everything we do. Whether it’s interacting with family, work-related issues or even forgetting where our car keys are – memory loss can have minor to profound effects on our everyday lives!

Some forms of memory loss are associated with a traumatic brain injury. While accidents do occur, it’s smart to take preventative measures to avoid risks of head trauma, such as wearing a helmet when biking, riding a motorcycle or riding horses.

In most cases though, memory loss is directly contributed to aging. As we age, our brains deteriorate. Unfortunately, that’s just an undeniable fact! Our brain cells die naturally and we produce fewer of the chemicals needed to keep our functioning brain cells healthy.

As medical and natural supplement research and technology have advanced, we know much more about why our memory fades and what we can do to prevent and treat memory loss.

Eating a nutritious diet and reducing stress can limit the factors like stroke and depression, which contribute to memory loss. Likewise, exercise, certain supplements and memory stimulation, like games and puzzles, can slow down the effects of memory loss. Multivitamins and mineral complexes, such as Vita Logic Daily Extra can provide necessary and vital nutrients for body and brain cells, improving blood flow and aiding in absorption of healthy compounds found in our foods. Vita Logic Memory Formula contains huperzine and ginkgo to improve circulation, oxygenation, and nourishment of the cells of the brain.

Prevagen, a supplement with its unique ingredient apoaequorin, is the only product ever laboratory proven to keep brain cells alive longer. This product uses a protein found in jellyfish, of all things! Prevagen has been shown to improve memory and protect the brain by keeping brain cells alive longer. The brain functions better when brain cells are protected and healthy. But keeping brain cells healthy does more than just improve our memory; when your brain is healthy, your whole body is healthy.

While the fountain of youth may not be available at your local health food store or in supplement form, we can all make healthy choices that benefit our memory and brain function! Healthy living, including memory loss supplements, can slow the processes associated with natural aging. So, while you’re thinking clearly, make the decision to keep it that way! Start a program to keep your brain healthy and retain those priceless memories! In the end, all we are on this earth is what we experience and what we remember!