Natural Memory Boosters

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Some of us have been blessed with excellent memories, others not so much.  Even people with good memories need to take care of them. 

What is memory?  thebrain.mcgill.ca states that “memory is the ability to remember past experiences.  When I went to school to become a Hypnotherapist we were taught that the conscious mind retains 24 hours of data and if you don’t clear it via R.E.M. sleep or hypnosis you cannot retain new information.  The human equivalent of last in first out.   

It is possible to use hypnosis to improve your memory.  Studies have also shown that keeping your brain active also improves memory.  Doing puzzles, artistic pursuits, crafting can all help you retain and improve your memory.  There are also a number of foods and herbs that can help.

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Coconut Oil

Suddenly the coconut has become the newest craze.  What is that all about?  

According to Dr Mary Newport’s article “What if There Were a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and No One Knew?” written July 22, 2008 coconut oil was instrumental in restoring a large part of her husbands memory.

According to Dr Newport, in Alzheimer’s disease insulin resistant neurons in the brain can no longer use glucose and starve to death long before the onset of the disease.  Coconut oil provides these neurons with an alternative source of nourishment in the form of Ketones.

I had just finished reading this and also reading that coconut water had been used for transfusions during the second world war in the Pacific when regular saline solution was in short supply.  I had to test this!  I bought a young coconut, drank the water and used the meat in a curry that I made using coconut cream.  When I had finished dinner I had a physical sensation in my brain.  As if it had been shrinking and now it was rehydrated.  

There is a great deal of information on coconut oil available.  Studies are currently being done on its use as a treatment for both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

 Rosemary

Rosemary

This fragrant herb has a long history of being associated with memory improvement.  People planted rosemary by their gate for remembrance.  Greek students wore garlands of rosemary to help with their studies and it was even used at funerals for the remembrance of the dead.

The smell of rosemary is said to assist in remembering data for exams.  When I took my exam that consisted of both anatomy and Materia medica there was so much information I was overwhelmed.  I decided to put rosemary to the test.  I diffused it while studying and took a tissue with rosemary essential oil to the exam with me.  I did great and to this day I recommend it to students during exam time.

The University of Northumbria has done testing that indicated that smelling rosemary can in fact improve your recall.  The blood test results from this test indicated that the effect on memory was mediated pharmacologically.

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Gingko Biloba

Gingko is thought to improve memory through increasing blood flow to the brain and preventing clotting.
The effect of gingko on blood glucose is also a contributing factor to its use as a treatment in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.   Studies in Germany have been done over the past thirty years and the results show that gingko can assist older adults with either Alzheimer’s or dementia caused by atherosclerosis.  After four weeks of treatment with gingko dementia was reduced as was depression and an improvement in coping skills in daily life was shown.

German doctors also recognize that gingko may assist in reversing brain damage caused by toxic chemicals.  Studies are still continuing on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with gingko biloba.

Ashwaganda

Ashwagandha helps in diseases such as Alzheimer’s by preventing the build up of plaques that are toxic to brain cells.  According to alzheimers.net ashwagandha is thought to work by boosting a protein in the liver which removes the amyloid from the brain.  Check them out for more information. 

Humans spend a lot of time working out to tone their muscles and keep their body healthy.  Maybe it is now time to add taking good care of our brains. 

THIS BLOG IS NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR.