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Memory Spring Monthly

What is the Right Diet to Improve Your Memory and Brain Health?

There is a plethora of information on the internet related to foods and supplements that can improve your memory. While a strong case can be made for many of those recommendations, there is new data showing that the best medicine might be a heart healthy diet.
A Recent study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital  showed that women who ate the most saturated fats from foods such as red meat and butter performed worse on memory and thinking tests than women who ate the lowest amount of these fats. This study supports other data that links heart healthy diets to improved brain health and memory.
While there are many theories on why heart healthy diets have an impact on memory performance and brain health, the most commonly held belief is related to cholesterol levels in the body. 


Start an Exercise Program to Improve Your Fitness and Memory

At Memory Spring we promote an integrated approach to memory improvement and brain health that includes Physical, Organizational, Technical, and Mental Emotional elements.  One of the components in the Physical element is regular exercise.  There’s significant research and data that supports the importance of regular exercise to improving your memory and brain health.  
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start an exercise program. Here are some tips from Web MD and Tonya Gutch (senior personal trainer at the Cooper Fitness Center) at starting an exercise program that you’ll stick to:
1. Set Specific, Manageable Goals. For example, plan to exercise for 30 minutes, three times a week. And remember to track your progress by writing it down. 


Resistance and Endurance Training are Shown to Improve Memory

Weight Lifting
In today's memory improvement environment, much is made over the importance of brain exercises to improving your memory and brain health.  While brain exercises are extremely important, it's also important to include physical exercise in your brain improvement regime.  Physical exercise plays a significant part in memory improvement and brain health.
New studies have confirmed the importance of endurance and resistance training in improving your memory and brain health. A recent study was conducted by the University of British Columbia.  They recruited a number of women ages 70 to 80 who had been found to have mild cognitive impairment.  Mild cognitive impairment means that their memory and thinking are more muddled than would be expected at a given age. Mild cognitive impairment is also considered a risk factor for increasing dementia diseases such as Alzheimer's.


What "Old World" Supplements Are You Using to Help Your Memory?

RosemaryThere is a ton of information out there on what to eat to improve your memory and brain function.  Traditional medicine emphasizes things like maintaining a balanced diet and supplementing it with fish oils, berries, and other foods to improve brain function and memory.  We tend follow what traditional medicine tells us. Why is it then that we forget supplements that have been used for hundreds even thousands of years to improve brain function and memory performance?  
Maybe it's time to add some of those "old world" supplements to your brain health regimen.  Here are a few to consider:  
Ashwagandha is an exotic Indian herb that has powerful antioxidant properties that seek and destroy the free radicals that have been implicated in aging and numerous disease states.  It is used as an alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Use of Ashwagandha dates back three to four thousand years where it was first described in sacred texts of Ayurveda, the medicinal tradition originating in present-day India. First recommended as a rejuvenating tonic to help promote energy and longevity, the discovery of additional, widespread healing properties resulted in Ashwagandha becoming the backbone of many multi-ingredient Ayurvedic formulations. In addition, Ashwagandha has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. For more information on Ashwagandha click here.


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