One of the main processes that are essential for good health is blood circulation. It cannot be over emphasised how vital blood circulation is to our health and well-being.
The quality of circulation and how freely blood can move through the vessels to all parts of the body and how well it can carry nutrients such as oxygen, sugars, enzymes and other life – giving nutrients and remove the waste products of cellular metabolism directly affects the health of every cell in the body.
When all these nutrients are not supplied to the body every minute of the day and the wastes are not constantly removed, the body begins to age more rapidly.
We begin to experience aches and pains, stiffness, joint pain, low energy levels and sluggish memory. Also, it is difficult to learn new things as well, we forget important telephone numbers, people’s names and we have trouble keeping up with all the changes going on around us.
Memory is crucial to everything that we learn every day, whether you are a student, worker, professor, a lecturer or a layperson.
What are the causes of memory issues?
As we are aging, the liver becomes less efficient at metabolizing drugs and the kidneys eliminate them from the body more slowly. Medications are very common in elderly people and culprits in mental decline. Drugs tend to accumulate in the body.
The main causes of memory issues are the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, drug use, sleep deprivation, stress and nutritional deficiency.
Smoking harms memory by reducing the amount of oxygen that gets to the brain. Studies have shown that people who smoke find it more difficult to put faces with names than the non-smokers. Also, illicit drugs can change chemicals in the brain that can make it hard to recall memories.
Lack of sleep can lead to fatigue which interferes with the ability to consolidate and retrieve information.
Stress and depression can affect attention and focus and your ability to remember things and people.
Nutritional deficiency in minerals and vitamins can affect memory function. Studies suggested that if you are deficient in different vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you may be at greater risk of developing dementia.
Chronically low levels of hydration can also put you in a risk for developing nutrition -oriented dementia. A new study published in published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the functioning of our brains can be compromised by just a minor degree of dehydration. Water makes up nearly two-thirds of the body and is an essential nutrient, necessary for all aspects of bodily functioning including the distribution of oxygen and other nutrients, the removal of waste products and the regulation of temperature.
Are there any Supplements that help the Brain?
Research suggest that there are several supplements that may help improve your brain health.
Several of these herbs have been studied for their effects on Alzheimer’s disease while there are others that have been tested for their overall effects on cognition.
First one is Turmeric (Curcuma longa) which contains the active compound curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
It is the main ingredient in curry powder which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries.
Research suggests that turmeric may boost brain health and stave off Alzheimer’s disease by clearing the brain of beta-amyloid (a protein fragment). The build-up of beta-amyloid is known to form Alzheimer’s-related brain plaques. We suggest TURMERIC COMPLEX which is a formulation that not only contains turmeric but also contains black pepper and other synergistic herbs such as ginger root extract, cayenne extract, zinc citrate and vitamin B6 which has been shown to increase the absorbency.
Ginkgo Biloba is another herb that has been long used in memory as well as circulation problems. A research review published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 suggests that a ginkgo biloba extract called EGb761 may be especially helpful in slowing decline in cognition among patients experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms in addition to cognitive impairment and dementia.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera root) is another herb that has been found to inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid plaques in preliminary research.
Recent research suggest that Ashwagandha protects the brain from cell degeneration, which can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Ashwagandha contains powerful antioxidants that destroy the free radicals that cause aging, helped promote cell outgrowth, reverse behavioural deficits and plaque build-up and reduce amyloid beta burden.
Ginseng is one of the most popular herbs in herbal medicine, contains anti-inflammatory chemicals called ginsenosides. Studies suggested that ginsenosides may help reduce brain levels of beta amyloid.
Bacopa Monnieri is an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that have been used for thousands of years for treating memory and brain related disorders. Studies show that bacopa may slightly improve scores on cognitive tests in some people. Some other preclinical research studies have identified biological mechanisms by which it might protect the brain from aging and perhaps Alzheimer’s disease.
In Da Vinci Natural Health Center we used a powerful formula, called BRAIN FOOD that contains combination of herbs including Bacopa Monnieri, Ginseng, ashwagandha, ginkgo biloba, vitamins and minerals that support focus, concentration, mental performance, memory call and energy levels, ability to think more clearly and provides valuable additional nutritional energy to your brain and body.