If, like many people around the world, you suffer from occasional bouts of forgetfulness or memory loss, you may be wondering what external factors are contributing to this state. Most people simply associate memory loss with age, which, yes, is definitely something to consider, but there are specific factors that may be contributing to memory loss, even at a young age. Some of these may include alcohol and tobacco abuse, mis-use or abuse of over the counter, prescription or other drugs, stress, diet, anxiety and depression. Whether or not you may be suffering from any of these, look out for these time tested natural aids to to treat and/or prevent memory loss.
Gingko biloba is hugely popular in many parts of the world including Europe and America. Studies have found that gingko has been known to aid those with Alzheimers by protecting nerve cells damaged by the disorder. Tests also show that Gingko is beneficial in improving blood circulation to promote and maintain brain development and function. The reason? Gingko leaves contain flavonoids and terpenoids which contain anti-oxidants that can combat the free radicals that lead to dementia and Alzheimers.
Long used in Asian culture, ginseng has not only been used for vitality but also as an effective treatment to enhance the memory. According to the Natural Library of Medicine, approximately 6 million Americans use it daily to improve memory function and as a stimulant.
Fragrant Rosemary is more than just a spicy herb. It has long been used to improve memory! It has been shown to have antioxidant properties that can neutralize those pesky free radicals, in much the same way as Gingko Biloba. It has also been used in aromatherapy treatments for centuries to reduce anxiety and stress, thus aiding in improving memory function.
Green tea is widely touted for its antioxidant properties and new research now tells us that green tea extracts help to protect proteins and lipids from age-related activities caused by oxidation, suggesting that this plant may protect the hippocampus from aging-associated decline. Recent research from Professor Yun Bai, of the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China, focused their research on the organic chemical epigallocatechin-3 gallate, (EGCG) which is an antioxidant ingredient found in green tea. About green tea, she stated: “There has been plenty of scientific attention on its use in helping prevent cardiovascular diseases, but now there is emerging evidence that its chemical properties may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain.” Good news for tea drinkers around the globe who have long been reaping its memory improving benefits!
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