‘How to improve my memory’ is a question I frequently get asked. Many people are also very concerned about the likely hood of other brain orientated diseases occurring as they age. Very scary!!
It is an area of health in which scientific research is continuing but still has to come up with reliable treatments. This is majorly because causes are so little understood and possibilities so varied.
Many people know of the benefits of using Ginkgo Biloba which very definitely helps improve memory. It works by dilating the very small capillaries and therefore improving blood flow through-out the body and to the brain. It does need to be taken daily and long term. Dosages should be kept at around the 2000mg per day of a standardised product. I have not seen any further improvement by using any more. In fact dosages that are too high may, in some cases where capillary strength is very poor cause capillaries to break and cause bruising.
Tell your doctor if you decide to take Ginkgo Biloba and choose a low dose product if capillary strength is weak.
The addition of Phosphatidylserine can further improve the action of Ginkgo Biloba. Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid which is known to enhance cellular metabolism and communication. It is also thought to protect the nerve cells from free radical damage and increases nutrition to the brain. Most studies done on the use of Phosphatidylserine have been done using either Parkinson’s patients or those with Alzheimers rather than with people with more minor problems, but the results show a definite improvement in name/face and name/place cognition, also recall of events from the previous day or week, and in ability to concentrate.
All these improvements I have noticed repeatedly in all persons using Phosphatidylserine and have been really pleased to be able to offer a product which incorporates both Ginkgo Biloba and Phosphatidylserine. Dose is one capsule daily. It is unlikely that the use of Phosphatidylserine will interfere with other pharmaceutical drugs.
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Ginkgo Biloba can also be combined with other herbs such as Siberian or Korean Ginseng. This combination has been shown to bring about significant improvement in cognitive functioning in many people.
The Ayurvedic herbs Bacopa and Gotu Kola (both often referred to as ‘brahmi’) which I have often recommended when people present in a very run down and tired state, have also a good reputation for improving cognitive function.
In English history Sage has often been quoted as to improve memory and brain functioning along side Rosemary. These two herbs are very easy to grow in New Zealand gardens and are pleasant to drink as a tea and to use in cooking.
Lack of sleep can also contribute to poor short term memory. It is important at any time in life to be sure to get adequate sleep.
Other factors that can interfere with cognitive impairment later in life are heavy metal exposure,free radical damage, long term emotional stress and nutritional deficiencies.
I would always suggest that mineral intake is increased and if memory continues to be poor (even with the use of Ginkgo Biloba and Phosphatidylserine), then I would definitely recommend the use of extra Vitamin B12, Omega 3 fish oils and a high strength anti-oxidant.
I have seen very good memory improvement with these additions.