We tend to think of memory loss as something that happens in our 70s and 80s, but a new study shows memory loss can begin as early as age 45.
This new study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, studied 7,000 adults in London between the ages of 45 and 70. As they expected, they found memory decline among the older participants, but what surprised the researchers was that those between the ages of 45 and 49 also had memory loss.
The researchers suggested that memory decline in the 40s can point to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease—which is something that doesn’t surprise me. We’ve been seeing an increase of not only early-onset Alzheimer’s, but autism spectrum disorder, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and headaches—and the common threat is mitochondrial toxicity.
What is mitochondrial toxicity? Your mitochondria (the “powerhouse” part of the cell that fuels it with energy) are extremely vulnerable because they have no defense against toxins. And in recent years, our environment has become increasingly toxic.
Fortunately, you can help to protect your brain and improve cognitive function:
- Coenzyme Q10 is the cornerstone of any brain boosting program. Your brain requires a phenomenal amount of energy for proper functioning (it’s second only to the heart in its need for and exposure to high quantities of oxygen), and CoQ10 fuels cell mitochondria that provide brain power. I recommend 100–200 mg/day of standard CoQ10 for prevention.
- Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is a methylated version of the amino acid L-carnitine that goes straight to the brain where it helps improve memory, cognition, and learning; relieves depression; and reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. I recommend 1,500–3,000 mg ALC per day.
- Broad spectrum tocotrienols help with glutathione metabolism in the brain cells. I recommend 100-200 mg daily.
- Take American ginseng, which is rich in brain-nourishing ginsenosides. Unlike the Asian ginseng you’re likely to find in most health food stores, which is a stimulant, American ginseng reduces stress, calms the body, and enhances mental clarity. In fact, an extract of American ginseng called Cereboost™, which is standardized to 10.65% ginsenosides, was shown in research to increase mental focus, reaction times, mental clarity, and memory recall.
- Nourish your brain with omega-3s. Eating low-mercury coldwater fish 1–2 times a week is ideal for the brain because of the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Taking 2–3 grams of fish oil daily is a great substitute if you don’t care for fish.
- A good daily multi-nutrient that provides B-vitamin support is absolutely essential, too.
Now it’s your turn: Have you incorporated any of these brain-boosting nutrients into your routine?
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