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Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Making Magnificent Memories

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The brain weighs about 3 pounds and decreases with aging – unless we prevent this. There are over 100 billion cells in the brain that with optimal nutrition, less inflammation will regenerate and gift us a flawless memory as we age.

The main two things that have contributed to age-related cognitive decline are inflammation and nutrient depletion especially to a region called the hippocampus. Our brain is considered our most vital organ as it sends messages to all parts of the body, communicating how to function. A common structural change in the brain, picked up on imaging studies, is the grooves (sulci) of the brain surface widens and the swellings (gyri) get smaller. This lack of surface area will diminish neurotransmission which affects our memory. The main causes associated with these changes are inflammation and nutrient deficiencies which is demonstrated in studies published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

A key researcher in the aging brain, Caleb Finch Ph.D, discovered amyloid aggregates which are a hard deposits that result from tissue degeneration, which forms in the presence of inflammatory proteins in the brain. In his studies, it appears that all maturing adults appear to have the inflammatory protein precursors to the amyloid formation. When the hippocampus, which is the area responsible for forming memory, is interrupted by these proteins, memory declines.

Although there is conflicting information in the literature about the potential benefit of taking estrogen to assist memory (both short term and long term) as well as reducing the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease in post-menopausal women, I personally have noticed a day-to-day change if I forget to take my BHRT estrogen and have repeatedly heard the same experiences from many women that I treat with BHRT. A Medline search reveals more support in favor of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to assist in memory enhancement with age.
Lifestyle factors that may affect brain aging with 10 simple solutions to creating the most magnificent memory:

* Stress - The stress/anti-stress hormone cortisol, improves memory in low doses and destroys neurons in large amounts.

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I have been working in the brain fitness space since 2001 and we have come along way. There has been significant scientific studies over the last 5 years that illustrate how we can maintain and develop our cognitive skills through our lifespan. Our company has started to launch pilots that provide more efficacy to our software. I truly believe the next 5 years will see a lot of positive developments in this area.


May 19, 2009 - 11:41am
EmpowHER Guest

"I suggest for people in between these extremes to use a balanced EPA/DHA of excellent quality. If quality is poor, it can be contaminated with mercury"

Can you name a brand of pharmaceutical grade fish oil that is contaminated by mercury ?

For those with diabetes Acetyl-l-carnitine can help stop your brain shrinking.

Magnesium is very important is has a calming effect on the brain and can prevent brain damage following trauma, both physical or psychological.
Deficiency in magnesium can cause Thiamine deficiency and that is a well established route to dementia.

Folic acid and Vitamin B12 is very important and those with Blood disorders such as Thalassemia need supplementation.

April 25, 2009 - 1:51pm
EmpowHER Guest

Theanine leaves you feeling relaxed yet alert! So, if you are looking for a way to stay sharp,3 to 4 cups of tea in a day will help you get the reqired natural dose of theanine.
Researchers at Lipton Tea Institute have developed a special blend made from young tea leaves that has high levels of Theanine.

For benifits and research studies go to www.stay-sharp.in

April 21, 2009 - 7:25pm
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