As you get older, it is only natural that your hormone levels begin to decrease. This can lead to memory loss and may ultimately progress to dementia if it goes unchecked. Since your brain has the largest number of hormone receptors in your body, any deficiencies will hit hardest there. Luckily, with a change in diet and lifestyle you can help improve your memory as well as the health of your brain overall.
First, you will want to talk with your doctor about any symptoms of memory loss you are having. This includes having trouble with names or forgetting the reason you entered a room in your house. A diet that is high in protein and vegetables and low in sugars will help as well.
You should also engage in exercise three to four times each week for 20-30 minutes a day. This will keep your blood flowing and allow your muscles and brain to get the oxygen they need to stay healthy. When you combine all of these things with a multivitamin/mineral program that is concentrated on improving your memory and brain health, you will begin to see the difference all around and feel like you did five to ten years ago.
Here is where it gets tricky, but not altogether difficult. While most people have tried different supplements such as gingko biloba or fish oil, they may not have taken them in doses that will make any difference. These minerals and supplements, when used in combination and at the proper doses, such as 120 mg of gingko biloba extract and a teaspoon of concentrated fish oil daily, can work together to get your brain health back on track.
In addition, the drug piracetam, which is a derivative of the amino acid GABA, can help you improve your memory function. GABA is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain, so taking this supplement can help restore your needed hormone levels.
You can also help your brain by reducing stress, because prolonged stress or difficult circumstances can lead to depression. Chronic depression can lead to memory loss as well and is influenced by your hormones and amino acids. Deficiencies in either of these areas will take a toll on your body and lead you down a path that affects your brain negatively and increases memory loss and dementia.
The reason that supplements may not have worked in the past for you is that some that are sold over the counter may have contained vitamins and minerals at lower doses, while others, known as “kitchen sink” supplements, contain so many minerals that are already found in your multivitamins and are unnecessary.
So what should you do to combat memory loss? First of all, it is important to see a specialist that works in the field so that you can get a baseline reading for where your memory and brain health is at compared to healthy levels. Then, you and your doctor can work out a program for diet, exercise, and supplements that will increase your overall health so that every system in your body benefits.
Written by Robert J. Rowen, MD