Millions are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia every single year and the number continues to grow at an alarming rate. Alzheimer’s is considered the defining disease of the “boomer” generation. The number of patients with this disease is expected to triple by 2050.
Even if you are able to escape these life-threatening conditions, you could still be among those who suffer from mild cognitive impairment, or what is commonly called “age-related cognitive dysfunction or age-related memory impairment”. Some experience these “senior moments” and just accept it as a normal part of life and something that is beyond our control. While some of these problems are, indeed, a result of our brains’ natural aging process, there are some that are caused by poor nutrition and overexposure to toxins in the environment.
These are proven to keep a person’s brain sharp:
Ginkgo Biloba Can Improve Memory
For many years now, ginkgo biloba has been associated with memory improvement. It serves as a free radical scavenger and protects our neurons from oxidation. Additionally, it improves microcirculation in the brain, reducing platelet aggregation. In a recent double-blind trial, ginkgo biloba was found to be significantly better than a placebo in improving cognitive function, as well as behavioural symptoms in 400 Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Antioxidants Can Slow Down Brain-Aging
We all know that people who consume substantial amounts of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis have fewer age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In fact, eating high-antioxidant foods like Concord grapes, berries, and walnuts can greatly help in enhancing motor and cognitive functions in older people. Additionally, fruits and vegetables enhance communication between neurons and minimize stress signals induced by inflammation and oxidation which are common when a person ages.
Sleep Removes Brain Toxins
A group of researchers who used data that involved over 30,000 subjects across six countries found that those who sleep less than six hours and over nine hours had noticeably lower cognitive scores than individuals who are in the intermediate group. One good reason sleep works is the way the brain’s trash removal system runs. While sleeping, the brain actually works about 10 times as hard to remove those toxic proteins (including the ones responsible for Alzheimer’s damage). The less time you are asleep, the less time your brain can work to get rid of those toxins.
Aside from these, there are other natural approaches that are effective in keeping the brain young. Sloan Natural Health Center can help you achieve a healthier mind and body with our programs that are tailored to each patient’s needs. Visit us soon and find out what we can do for you.