March 01, 2015
Certain nutrients can enhance your memory and certain chemicals can damage it.
Chemicals that damage your memory include any toxins that affect your nervous system and brain development. Narcotics and any other drug that affects your nervous system should be avoided if you want a healthy mind and memory. Avoid any neurotoxins such as aluminium, mercury, lead, and cadmium, which can cause diseases such as Alzheimer's, MS and Parkinson’s. Antidepressants and other neurological drugs affect the white matter of your brain where passages of information get passed through.
Other natural chemicals and herbs have a positive effect on your nervous system and memory. Ginkgo biloba increases blood flow to the small arteries in the brain; it sharpens focus and improves memory in people in all ages by improving blood flow, oxygen and glucose to the brain; however, there is conflicting research on this herb. Ginkgo is used as a memory enhancer and concentration enhancer, it is also used as an anti-vertigo agent.
Phosphatidylserine (PS) has been thought to improve memory. The FDA has given a qualified health claim status to Phosphatidylserine, stating that “Consumption of Phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of dementia in the elderly” and “Consumption of Phosphatidylserine may reduce the risk of cognitive dysfunction in the elderly”.
Good fatty acids such as fish oils and flaxseed oil enhance your brain power. It is these fatty acids that make up the myelin sheath that surrounds your nerves and their function is to transmit impulses along the nerve and into the brain. Cholesterol is important for brain function and a lack of cholesterol impairs the brains thinking ability and memory. Eggs are full of good fats and packed full or nutrients.
My advice to enhance your natural brain power is to get enough sleep, 8 hours per night. Social people have a lower risk of dementia, stimulate your mind and always learn something new. Exercising at least 4 times per week and have a diet high in fibre including lots of fruit and vegetables.
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