Concerns about memory and mental acuity – including age-related memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease – are growing. But this is not part of God's plan for sharp, sound minds.
As we get older, many of us worry that our mental capacity will diminish in our later years. However, remember what we have been promised: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
In Dr. Cherry's May 13 KCEO radio program (read the Program Summary or listento the audio ) he discussed some of the powerful compounds – Huperzine A, Vinpocetine, Phosphatidylserine and Ginkgo – that have been used for centuries to deal with memory problems.
There are additional herbs, plants and extracts hat God has provided for helping us to maintain a healthy memory and a sharp mind:
• Antioxidants. Antioxidants are also important vitamins for memory. Antioxidants protect brain tissue by breaking down free radicals, which are toxic forms of the oxygen molecule naturally found in the bloodstream. Antioxidant vitamins and memory are linked because the damage free radicals do can impair the functioning of the neurons in your brain.
• B Vitamins. Research shows that B vitamins improve memory by creating a protective shield for the neurons in the brain. B vitamins break down homocysteine, which is an amino acid that is a toxic poison to nerve cells. These vitamins also aid in the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen, an important brain nutrient. Studies show that correcting a deficiency of the B vitamin folic acid can increase brain chemical transmitters and can assist with forgetfulness, depression and irritability. As we get older, our absorption of the B-vitamins decreases, making supplementation even more important.
• Bacopa Plant Extract. Referred to as Bacopa monnieri, it has been used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for centuries. Traditionally, it was used as a brain tonic to enhance memory development, learning, and concentration. Recent research has focused primarily on Bacopa's cognitive-enhancing effects, specifically memory, learning, and concentration, and results support the traditional Ayurvedic claims.
• Alpha-Lipoic acid. A fatty acid found naturally inside every cell in the body alpha-lipoic acid converts glucose into energy and is needed by the body to produce the energy for our body's normal functions. Alpha-lipoic acid can cross the blood-brain barrier, a wall of tiny vessels and structural cells, and pass easily into the brain. An antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid is thought to protect brain and nerve tissue by preventing free radical damage and appears to be able to recycle other antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione after they have been used up.
• Rosemary Leaf. Rosemary, or the 'herb of remembrance' has a long history of use as a memory-enhancing herb. It contains dozens of powerful antioxidants and several compounds that are reported to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain. Rosemary has traditionally been known to increase concentration and memory, and to relieve stress.
(The rosemary leaf is a plant with pale blue flowers that contain volatile oil. Legend tell us that when Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus fled into Egypt, a weary Mary spread her cloak on a white flowered rosemary bush. The flowers miraculously changed to the blue of Mary's cloak. The Spanish call it romero, meaning 'pilgrims plant,' taken from this legend.)
Memory & Mental Support contains all of these natural elements and derivatives to provide a full spectrum of support for a healthy mind. The brain-boosting combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and specialized nutrients can help enhance your memory, improve your ability to concentrate, help your brain process information more quickly, and reduce mental fatigue.
In addition to these natural supplements, there are a number of steps you can take to keep your minds functioning as effectively as possible, as long as possible:
• Exercise your mind. The brain is like a muscle – if you continue to exercise it, it will continue to stay strong; if you don't, it will grow weaker. Continue to challenge yourself mentally and intellectually to keep your brain strong. Activities that keep you involved with others are also helpful, whether it is working, volunteering, or participating in a club.
• Exercise your body. Activity promotes blood flow to the brain, and physically active older people have higher cognitive test scores and better reaction time. It also lowers stress and releases endorphins that can improve your mood.
• Eat "brain foods". Certain foods contain high levels of antioxidants and brain healthy oils. These foods include fish, nuts, grapes, blueberries/blackberries, black and green teas, peppers, and carotene-rich vegetables.
• Sleep. Failing to get enough sleep – especially REM, or dream, sleep – can impair cognitive function.
• Reduce stress. Studies have shown that chronic stress alters the structure of the brain and interferes with normal brain functions. Stress reduction techniques include physical activity, listening to music, relaxation time and prayer.
Follow these steps to stay on the pathway to the clear, focused mind God intended!