Causes of Memory Loss: Avoiding the (Not So) Inevitable

February 2, 2010

It can cause us particular distress as we age that we might not only lose our memories, but that we’ll suffer something worse—such as Alzheimer’s Disease. However, most of the risk for various causes of memory loss can be reduced, and it’s never too late to start practices that strengthen our mental reserve.

Some causes of memory loss:

Brain Injury: This can happen at any age, and can cause memory loss or a worse form of damage to the brain, depending on the type and severity of the impact. The best, and hopefully obvious thing to do, if you’re going to participate in a high risk activity, is to wear a helmet and any other protective gear recommended.

Do activities that improve your balance such as Tree Pose, a yoga pose where you place the bottom of your foot on your opposite thigh (lower if you have less flexibility, higher if you have more) and your arms over your head. Try doing this standing on each leg daily, in increasing intervals, until you’re comfortable with it. If you’re particularly prone to falling, have a friend spot you.

Alzheimer’s Disease (Senile Dementia): Memory loss is usually the first symptom of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s, and dementia in general, can be prevented, or at least staved off to later in life, by taking care of yourself. Literally, good habits such as not smoking, exercising, and taking care of your heart (hypertension, etc. are related to increased risk for Alzheimer’s) result in the lowest chances for developing Alzheimer’s.

Taking something such as MesoSilver, which supports your immune system, can also help. Too much inflammation, which is caused when your body fights a disease or pathogen, increases your risk. By strengthening your immune system with MesoSilver, you may reduce the time your body needs to fight a pathogen.

Eating a diet rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids (found in fish, walnuts, and various oils…) as well as low in saturated fats can also help keep you brain healthier, reducing risk. A great vegetarian source of of Omega-3, 6, and 9 is E.F.A. Select.

Also good to include in your diet are spices such as curry and turmeric, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have shown that taking vitamins may also help reduce your risk. Welltrient One is a collection of your general, daily needs of vitamins and mineral.

Most importantly, the best way to reduce your risk of dementia, or at least delay its onset, is to use your mind. Although there are numerous products and games designed to help you do exactly that, there are a number of ways that are more easily incorporated into daily life. Social interaction, problem solving (chess, sodoku, crosswords…) and reading(especially things that challenge your views) are all great ways to help exercise your mind. Any activity that will cause you to form new connections and pathways in your brain will greatly help you. A brain afflicted with Alzheimer’s looks shrunken—so make yours robust with use.

Stress and Lack of Focus: If you are constantly stressed, worrying, or distracted (your mind is prone to wandering or multitasking), you may have trouble remembering important, or even simple things. Taking and holding a deep breath to clear your mind and then setting an intention to focus on only one thing at a time can help begin a habit that allows you to remember things more clearly. If you still have trouble, or you feel that you need a boost, MesoGold is a great way to help yourself. It may not only help your memory, but your stress or anxiety, mental acuity, and your motor skills.

Further, there are dietary supplements that can help your brain with memory. MesoPlatinum is believed to promote healthy tissue regeneration and increase electrical transmission across the synapses, meaning your brain functions more sharply and quickly. Further, it may promote mental alertness, helping to improve your memory. Nite MGR is a supplement that contains amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may help fight not only memory loss but other problems of aging such as vision and energy.

Finally, if you suspect that you or a loved one is showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s, consult a doctor. Alzheimer’s and other forms of senile dementia can take as long as 6 months to diagnose, as they are mostly diagnosed on behavior. Always consult your doctor before making serious changes to your diet or health practices.

By Emma Spera

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