We all occasionally forget something, whether or not we are young or old. But what type of “forgetting” can indicate more serious concerns?
Diets which contain vegetable (and fruits, to some extent) have more anti-oxidants and minerals which may protect brain function in general and specifically cognition and memory. Excess sugar intake, on the other hand, most probably will decrease brain function and memory over the long term.
Spices may help to protect brain function and memory as well. Tumeric, the Indian spice, which contains the phytochemical curcumin, is an example of a dietary ingredient, that may protect the brain and thereby memory.
Aerobic exercise may be neuroprotective as well. Also, studies are showing that exercising your brain, by trying to learn new things may prove that the adage of “use it or lose it”, may be true.
You may find the quick test about memory offered by WebMD, fun, interesting and helpful. Why don’t you take it? It only takes a few minutes.
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S