Your Mental Clarity Can Get Better as You Get Older

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Your Mental Clarity Can Get Better as You Get Older

We've been told for so long that it is normal to become forgetful as we age that we've come to believe it—and even expect it. But while everybody will age, your mind, including your memory, can remain sharp.

One of the main causes of memory decline is oxidative damage at the cellular level. Fortunately, brain cells are very receptive to nutritional supplementation. Just as vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 block free-radical damage and protect your heart, there are nutrients that can preserve and boost your brain power, actually guarding against memory loss.

For more than 25 years, I've specialized in anti-aging medicine. And through extensive research and working with my patients at the New England Heart & Longevity Center, I've discovered a combination of 10 nutrients that have a powerful anti-aging impact on the brain. In fact, they can help maintain and sharpen your memory power and mental alertness even as you get older.

And because many of these nutrients are similar to the ones that make up your brain, they're easy for your body to use. Plus, several of these nutrients can actually cross the blood-brain barrier — so they directly work to boost your mental clarity and sharpen your memory. This combination makes these some of the most powerful nutrients I believe you can take for your brain.

As Your Brain Ages, You Notice It Most in Your Memory and Recall...

It's a scary thing to start forgetting, like misplacing your keys, losing important documents, or forgetting names of old friends when you run into them at the store. It makes you feel like your brain is betraying you. Scientists have coined this disheartening occurrence as "age-related cognitive decline."

Memory decline usually begins around the age of 50, but can begin as early as your 30s. It is part of the aging process. But unlike the physical signs of aging you can see, such as graying hair or wrinkles, memory decline is very subtle — so it often creeps up without notice.

One of the Biggest Causes of Age-Related Memory Decline is Stress From Free Radicals

All parts of your body, including your brain, are routinely affected by oxidative damage from free radicals.

Your brain is composed of fats — specifically phospholipids and essential fatty acids, which play a major role in relaying chemical messages between neurons in your brain. But because these fats are extremely delicate, free radicals can literally punch holes into the cell membranes, subjecting your cells to damage. This damage shows up most noticeably in your memory and recall abilities.

But free-radical oxidation of the brain itself isn't the only culprit. Your brain is also influenced by environmental conditions such as pollution, and free radical damage caused elsewhere in your body by your body's own natural processes.

Your lifestyle also plays an important role. Nutritional deficiencies can impede the chemical messengers in your brain. And the hormone cortisol that your body releases in times of stress can also contribute to memory decline.

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