Memory Health

One of the aspects of aging that people tend to dread is the idea of ‘forgetfulness’ or memory loss. Memory loss can occur, really, at any age for a number of reasons, some of which are temporary and others which are more permanent. Causes of temporary memory loss include:

  • stress
  • lack of sleep
  • drug and alcohol use
  • side effects from medication . . .

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Memory loss can also result from head injuries, long-term illness, or infections. This type of memory loss may return to normal once these problems are corrected.

But chronic (or more permanent) memory loss happens slowly over time and is usually attributed to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, or mental illness.

While there is no cure for chronic memory loss once disease is established, nutritional therapies can make a difference in the early stages of disease. Evidence has shown that oxidative damage in the body is a major factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and that antioxidants can offer significant protection against this terrible disease.¹ Antioxidants can also slow progression of a disease that is present. For example, patients with Parkinson’s disease who are not yet on medication have had excellent results in slowing the progression of the disease by using vitamins C and E. B-vitamin supplementation (thiamin, B-12) has also been helpful in age-related impairment of mental function. Another factor in the development of Alzheimer’s may be zinc deficiency, and zinc therapy has shown some impressive results.

Optimally, we should work on maintaining a sharp memory before disease manifests. We can protect memory health by exercising the mind and body, eating healthy, avoiding sources of aluminum, and using high-quality supplements.

Nutrients

Bevko offers high-quality nutritional supplements that are important for memory health:

  • Buffered C (powder or capsules)
  • Vitamin E
  • B-Complex 50
  • B-12 Plus Folic Acid
  • Multivitamin Forte
  • Bone & Minerals Complete
  • Choline Citrate (phosphatidylcholine)
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Zinc

Diet

  • Eating healthy is key to memory function. Appropriate foods provide the nutrients our bodies need to support memory. An alkaline diet, which is high in plant foods, provides excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Avoid aluminum cookware.

Lifestyle

  • Keeping an active mind is extremely important in maintaining memory. Excellent ways to exercise the mind include reading, studying, playing chess, and working crossword puzzles.
  • Staying active physically is also important.
  • Avoid aluminum in antiperspirants and antacids.