A UCLA research study published in the June 2006 issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that people can improve cognitive function and brain efficiency through simple lifestyle changes such as incorporating memory exercises, healthy eating, physical fitness and stress reduction into their daily lives. This study examined 17 subjects, (average age 53) with normal memory performance. Eight subjects were asked to follow a "brain healthy" diet, relaxation, physical, and mental exercise (brain teasers and verbal memory training techniques). After 14 days, they showed greater word fluency (not memory) compared to their baseline performance. No long term follow up was conducted; it is therefore unclear if this intervention has lasting effects on memory
The latest ‘thinking’
The brain doesn’t actually shrink as we get older and research is showing that new nervous system connections can be made throughout life.
Oats, Avena sativa, have long been considered a nerve tonic.
Oil insulates nervous system impulses, making physical and mental responses faster and more accurate.
Vitamins that may help with brain & memory
There are many vitamins and herbs that may help with memory. A small selection can be found below.