Natural Treatments for Memory Loss
Memory processing allows us to acquire, retain, and recall information and/or experiences. We have short-term memory and long-term memory. Information is first in our short-term memory (also called working memory) and it then gets processed and stored into our long-term memory.
There are three stages of memory processing:
- Encoding – like listening to music
- Consolidation – like recording those songs (or burning a CD)
- Retrieval – like playing back the songs
When you are stressed by something, the stressor takes a lot of resources from your brain and interferes with your capacity to encode new information.
What are the Effects of Stress on Memory?
Healthy brain function requires many important nutrients as well as an active, social lifestyle. Factors such as aging, emotional stress, and exposure to free radicals affect cognitive health and memory function.
Increase in Cortisol
During stress adrenal glands pump out cortisol. Although a certain amount of cortisol is normal, too much cortisol due to too much stress can prevent the formation of new memories or the retrieval of old ones. Cortisol also interferes with your brain's neurotransmitters, preventing communication between brain cells.
Stress hormones can divert mass amounts of energy to the exercising muscles, which means less energy is available to the brain's memory. Without enough energy, the brain has trouble forming new memories, or can't recall the event.
The effect of stress on memory can be temporary or long term. The high levels of cortisol simply make memories inaccessible for a short period of time, but long-term stress can damages the hippocampus, which is responsible for telling the hypothalamus to stop releasing cortisol when it reaches a certain level. If it can’t tell when to stop producing cortisol, it will again interfere with the brain’s neurotransmitters and cause long-term memory loss.
Natural Supplements for Anxiety
Pathway BRAIN SUPPORT is a complete formula that offers a combination of scientifically documented ingredients to support healthy brain function. Key ingredients include European standardized ginkgo biloba, and trademarked ingredients Neuromins DHA, which is a necessary essential fat used in the brain and nervous system, Leci-PS (phosphatidylserine) which supports mental concentration and other mental functions, and Acetyl L-Carnitine from Lonza, which particularly supports brain cell receptors.
Pathway SUPER OMEGA-3 is molecularly distilled for purity and contains high concentrations of the essential fatty acids Omega-3s EPA & DHA (300 mg & 200 mg respectively). Omega-3 fatty acids are very important, supportive nutrient of brain, skin, ocular health, and cardiovascular health.
This formula contains all 8 of the Vitamin E compounds including extra gamma tocopherols and palm tocotrienols (Tocomin®). This makes Pathway PERFECT E one of the most comprehensive Vitamin E products available. It provides excellent antioxidant support for proper immune function, brain, skin, eye, and cardiovascular health.
Turmeric has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as brain, cardiovascular, liver, and digestive protective capabilities. Pathway TURMERIC contains Curcumin C3, a patented blend of curcuminoids that has been clinically tested.
Holistic Treatment for Memory Loss
A diet rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids is very important to enhancing memory, cognitive skills, learning ability, mood, and stress tolerance. At Village Green Apothecary, we believe in using natural treatments to improve memory loss and in finding the cause the symptoms. Holistic support for memory loss includes:
Reduce Stress and Fatigue
Stress affects brain function and memory. Practice stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), yoga, journaling or music. Prevent the little things from getting to you, because when they get to you, they also get to your memory.
Improve Your Diet
A healthy diet can often make the difference between health and wellness or illness and disease. A first step in the healing process is to limit all high sugar, highly processed, nutrient void “sub-food” and replace those choices with whole, nutrient dense, real, and quality food.
Increase Exercise for Increased Memory
If you’re exhausted, exercising may be low on the list of priorities. Exercise has so many benefits, however, that even a little bit is a great place to start. If you were doing long cardio routines however, you may want to reconsider. Studies have found that long cardio routines actually increase cortisol levels, exhausting you and your adrenals, and affecting memory loss.
Get Quality Sleep
During sleep, the body has an opportunity to heal and repair. If you’re waking up a few times during the night or getting fewer hours than what your body needs, it’s impacting how you feel as well as how much cortisol and other hormones you’re secreting. Get quality sleep by creating a relaxing sleep routine, as well as creating an environment conducive to restful sleep.
Take Natural Supplements
Taking the right supplements and herbs can help heal, repair, improve energy, regulate blood sugar, and reduce sugar cravings. Check with a health expert at Village Green Apothecary to determine what is the best supplement plan for you.
At Village Green, we’re here to help!
Schedule a consultation with one of Village Green’s naturopathic doctors or certified nutritionists for a personal assessment of your unique situation. During your appointment (either by phone or in-person), our professionals will:
- Review your symptoms of memory loss and health history
- Examine your diet and lifestyle
- Recommend specialized testing
- Assess possible drug-nutrient interactions or depletions
- Answer any questions you may have
- Evaluate memory loss options
- Create a customized plan that includes natural solutions, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and custom compounding
Contact a Village Green nutritionist by calling 800-869-9159.
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