Memory loss, also referred to as amnesia, is an abnormal degree of forgetfulness and/or inability to recall past events. Depending on the cause, memory loss may have either a sudden or gradual onset, and memory loss may be permanent or temporary. Memory loss may be limited to the inability to recall recent events, events from the distant past, or a combination of both. Although the normal aging process can result in difficulty in learning and retaining new material, normal aging itself is not a cause of significant memory loss unless there is accompanying disease that is responsible for the memory loss.
What Causes Memory Loss?
Depression and Anxiety: Like stress, depression and anxiety too have a negative impact on memory. They not only impair memory but can also affect physical and mental well being of an individual.
Head Injury: As our brain is the main site for storing, processing and recalling information, any physical injury to this part can cause mild to major loss of memory. The extent to which head injury can affect memory depends on the severity of damage to the brain. Severe injury to the head can even result in permanent loss of memory.
Dementia: Dementia is a disorder associated with cognitive ability and it is more commonly found in older population but this does not mean that it cannot happen to young adults. Apart from memory, dementia can affect other cognitive abilities, like, attention, problem solving ability and language. The personality of the sufferer may change significantly and he or she may not be able to carry out even simple day to day activities at the later stages of dementia. However, some cases of dementia are reversible with proper treatment.
Beneficial Dietary Supplements
1. Multivitamin and Mineral Complex removes free radicals and provides all necessary nutrients.
2. Acetylcholine helps prevent memory loss in adults.
3. DMAE helps with learning and retention. Do not use on a daily basis.
4. Boron improves brain and memory function.
5. Garlic is a brain cell protector that may benefit age-related memory loss.
6. Lecithin improves memory.
7. Ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain, thus enhancing memory.
8. Vitamin B Complex needed for proper brain function.
9. Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids improves circulation.
10. Zinc plus Copper helps remove toxins from the brain and body. Copper is needed to work with zinc in very small doses. L-Tyrosine helps improve learning, memory and awareness and has mood enhancing affects. Not to be taken with other MAO inhibitors.
Home Remedies for Memory Loss
1. Learn just one new thing each day. Find something interesting to keep you motivated.
2. About 60% of our brain is fatty material. Therefore, whatever we eat, can affect the working of our brain. Healthy brain food keeps our mental motor running, just as a healthy diet keeps our body going.
4. Antioxidants stimulate the immune system and protect the brain from the oxidative damage associated with age-related memory loss. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherreis, raisins, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, plums, broccoli, beets, oranges, red peppers, red grapes, etc. are loaded with antioxidants. eat plenty of these daily.
5. Chewing 7-8 almonds daily can improve memory.
6. Soak seven almonds in water overnight. Remove the skin and boil it with a glass of milk. Drink the milk daily.
7. Drink a mixture of 1 teaspoon honey and 1/8 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon every night regularly.
8. Eat a mixture of 1/2teaspoon black cumin powder in some honey. Eat daily 2 times.
9. Eat a mixture of 1 teaspoon of amla root powder and 1 teaspoon of white sesame seed powder in 1 teaspoon honey for a few days.