Memory is a multifaceted system synergistically created between the neurological system , the sensory system, and influenced by overall mental and emotional health. When memory as a whole is defined, it includes the ability to recall recent events, cherished landmarks in our own lives, tasks that we hope to accomplish, and facts and figures that give context to our daily interactions with the world.
The foundation for preserving high-functioning memory is the foundation of total wellness. Drinking sufficient water, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep are minimum requirements to keep your brain in proper order. All of these practices reduce stress, protect your circulatory system, and work to reduce inflammation. Inflammation presents a problem for memory in that it can lead to nerve damage and attack brain tissue directly, damaging the parts of the brain that process information and the parts that store the many different kinds of memory.
One supplement which is essential to brain health is omega-3 essential fatty acids, and, in particular, DHA, which functions as fuel for the further development of tissue in the brain. The brain, itself, is made up of 60% fat. Additionally, curcumin combats inflammation throughout your body. It can cross the blood-brain barrier to confront inflammation there, as well. Further, the B vitamins (B-6, B-12, folic acid) contribute to the proper functioning of your mental processes. Many people suffer from vitamin B deficiencies, as the synthetic forms in processed foods are not treated in your body as the natural forms, and commercial agricultural processes mean that our food supply is not as robust as it was in the past.
The article below was written by guest contributor Joe M and medically reviewed by Taylor Froiland, PharmD, RPh. Learn more about Taylor and our other experts here. My 86-year-old mother developed pneumonia over the winter break. Prior to her illness she was living on her own and still working in a business she had started when she […]
If there’s one vitamin that hasn’t gotten the respect it deserves, it’s vitamin K. For years, it’s been viewed as the “redheaded stepchild” in the world of supplements and nutrition. Lately though, vitamin K is enjoying a resurgence of sorts. Research is starting to reveal the very diverse benefits of this important nutrient—and some of […]
The article below was written for Newport Natural Health by Robert Iafelice, MS, RD, LDN. Learn more about Robert and our other experts here. There’s no shortage of herbal supplements on the market today. Mother Nature has provided us with an abundance of treasured herbs to better our health. But if you could only take […]
Nearly 6 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number is expected to more than double to around 14 million. One in three seniors dies of Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia.1 These are scary stats. They mean that nearly everyone has a loved one, or knows someone, who suffers with […]
For years, no one could explain Alzheimer’s disease. It didn’t seem to bear a link to other problems. There was no relationship to location or environment. Certain families might suffer from increased prevalence—but there was little rhyme or reason to who or when it struck. Then in 2005 came the eureka moment. A study out […]
If you’re a fan of Indian food, you’re probably quite familiar with turmeric. A member of the ginger family, this brilliant yellow-orange spice is used frequently to make curry—a staple in Indian and other Asian cuisines. But turmeric is far more than a culinary staple; it’s a centuries-old medicine too. One of its most active […]
We all know the heartbreak that comes with dementia. But every new day shows us how to push back and work towards preventing dementia. Like many other diseases, dementia was once considered an inevitable outcome of age. While it’s true that those over 65 have double the risk of developing dementia, these 10 safe, simple, easy-to-follow tips can help ensure that you flourish, not founder, in your later years.
There are a lot of things that are normal consequences of aging. Some gray hair is not all that unexpected. The need for reading glasses usually comes as no surprise. Even occasional aches and pains are pretty typical. But one thing that is not a normal part of aging? Depression. Unfortunately, statistics show that about […]
I don’t get scared very easily, but this statistic is downright terrifying: By 2050, 131.5 million people worldwide will have dementia (that’s almost triple the number now). A new case of dementia is diagnosed every three seconds. Annual costs for treating dementia are already $1 trillion and rising. And if you are over the age […]
As I’m getting older, one of my biggest pet peeves only grows stronger—the myth that my brain is supposed to slow down as I age. This notion of inevitable “senior moments” couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s not natural for my brain or yours to slow with age. How long you live is not […]