Keeping and Improving Your Memory

How’s your memory? Many people feel that their memory is gradually getting worse, and assume that this is a normal part of aging. But there are steps you can take to help improve your memory, and to help prevent the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s as you advance in years.

Poor memory

Causes

There are a number of factors that affect brain function and memory, however two of the main ones are medications and heavy metals.

Medications

There are many medications that have an effect on mental functions. Some of these that have a particular impact on memory include

  • Calcium Channel Blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure
  • Statins, such as Lipitor. (A good book on this is “Lipitor Thief of Memory”, written by Dr Duane Graveline, which documents his rapid mental decline after taking Lipitor. As well as being a respected medical doctor, the author is also a former astronaut and aerospace medical research scientist,)

Heavy Metals

Various heavy metals also negatively affect mental function and memory. One of the more common ones is aluminium, which is absorbed from aluminium cookware, flocculation agents added to water supplies, baking powders used in breads, deodorants, antacids, etc. Aluminium causes the nerves in the brain to become tangled (referred to as neurofibrillary tangles), and also causes a glue-like substance called amyloid, which interferes with the normal brain nerve conduction.

Treating and Preventing Poor Memory

Diet

Recent research indicates that it may be possible to prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s.1 This research indicates that one key way of addressing memory issues and improving neural plasticity is through reducing inflammation in the body. Ideally, this involves

  • A specific anti-inflammatory diet program (which includes a low refined carbohydrate diet)
  • Optimising mineral levels
  • Balancing any dysregulated hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, and homocysteine
  • Ensuring optimal levels of vitamin D and other nutrients

This protocol has been shown to arrest serious disease, as well as reverse more mild memory and cognitive impairment.1

The Gut

The 100 trillion microbes that live in our gastro-intestinal system are extremely important for overall health, especially brain health. Today the ‘gut–brain axis’ is a feature at major neuroscience meetings, and literally thousands of publications over the past decade have revealed that the gut microbiome could have profound effects on the brain, and may cause many disorders.2 Improving the balance of the microbiome has been shown to alleviate a variety of diseases ranging from diabetes, depression and anxiety, to foggy brain and obesity.3

The microbiome is a complete ecosystem inside our bodies. It has been shown that when the gut microbial diversity decreases, there is an increased prevalence of chronic inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, allergies and asthma. So the answer is not in just taking a random probiotic, but in seeing an expert who understands the ecology of the gut and which specific good bacteria need to be increased to restore a healthy balance to this environment. (We would recommend seeing an experienced naturopath for this.)

Some Specific Supplements

  • Phosphatidylserine (PS) has shown to perk up memory, and stave off Alzheimer’s. In one particular case, PS taken for 3 months resulted in the person’s memory return back to where it was 12 years earlier.
  • DHA has been shown to break down amyloid in the brain
  • Green tea; real organic green tea has over 3 catechins or polyphenols, which have been found to be very effective at preventing amyloid deposits in the brain
  • Voluntastrols; current scientific research into psychiatry, neurology and cognition is increasingly showing that a range of phyto-nutrients play an important role in regulating the health and functioning of your brain, including the improvement of mood, energy, cognition, and maintenance of brain health

If you are suffering from a decline in memory, or want to prevent the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s as you age, you can book in for a free Comprehensive Assessment at our clinic. The Assessment is a detailed look at what is going on in your body, what is causing any problems, and the best way to sort them out. (Terms and conditions- the Assessment is a completely free service, with no obligations whatsoever.)

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1.Bredesen, D. E. (2014). Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program. Aging (Albany NY), 6(9), 707.

2. How gut microbes could drive brain disorders. Nature.

3. Perlmutter, D. (2015). Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life: Hachette UK.

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