Memory and Concentration
One of the curses of growing old is the feeling that your memory is failing you and your powers of concentration are in decline. In the most severe cases, there is the spectre of Alzheimer's Disease lurking on the horizon. But, as with so many of the physical and mental problems, there are things you can do to overcome them. The starting point is, as always, what you eat.
As with all bodily functions, a constant supply of glucose and oxygen is required for your brain cells to work at their optimum level. This means the regular consumption of balanced meals to provide a constant, even conversion of food into glucose, plus an adequate intake of easily absorbed iron in order to ensure the blood has adequate oxygen-carrying properties.
In addition, maintaining your IQ requires memory and concentration, both of which depend on good nutrition. Several studies of children have shown that those on the worst diets showed the biggest improvement in IQ and learning ability when they were given an all-in-one vitamin, mineral, and fish-oil supplement. There's no doubt that boosting nutritional status with this type of pill is s good insurance policy for those of any age who may be having difficulty with memory or concentration, but taking a pill does not wholly compensate for bad diet. People have survived down the millennia by eating food, not by taking pills.
Top Four Foods for Memory
- Shellfish is a particularly rich source of zinc, which is key for both memory and concentration and is commonly lacking in diets that consist largely of convenience foods. Oysters are the richest source of all, but there's plenty in crab, other fish, wholegrain cereals, beans and peas, mushrooms, wheatgerm, pumpkins and sunflower seeds.
- Rosemary is the king of memory-enhancing-herbs. It stimulates the adrenal cortex and is of great value for memory loss, nervous tension, anxiety and general emotional debility. In ancient Rome rosemary wine was used to treat all these mental problems.
- Fresh fruits, particularly grapes, pears and apples, and a handful each day of fresh unsalted peanuts, walnuts and almonds should be eaten to keep your boron levels up to scratch. Boron has not been thought essential for humans, but recent research suggests that it may play an important part in the transmission of electrical impulses in the brain.
- Dried fruits such as dates, figs and apricots, should be eaten everyday,as they contain the minerals that prevent the body from absorbing aluminum. Aluminum is a possible factor in the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. Although not yet proven, there are enough question marks surrounding the toxicity of aluminum to make it better not to use aluminum cooking pans or deodorants and anti-perspirants containing aluminum.
The leaves of Ginkgo biloba tree have been used in China for 5000 years to improve short-term memory and concentration. This herbal medicine increases the blood flow to the brain cells and there is considerable scientific evidence (University of Maryland medical center) that it helps overcome the early signs of mental ageing.
Garlic, whether in food or as pills, also helps improve blood flow and reduces cholesterol, high blood pressure and the stickiness of the blood. All these actions are good for the brain as well as for the rest of the body.
Maintaining your IQ requires memory and concentration, both of which depend on good nutrition.
What to Avoid
Watch out for animal fats which slow down brain function, and go easy on the drink. Whilst one glass of wine may relax your nerves and help you cope better with the mental stresses of difficult situations, be warned that alcohol is a depressant and at crucial times for memory and concentration it should be avoided.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on August 02, 2012:
Thank you M. Sivakumar. Glad my information could be of help to you. :-)
M.sivakumar on August 01, 2012:
Thanks for detailed informations, it have been used many peoples in the world, your informations have well focused and than pointed This
is have very much important for all age group, few places in the world some have not taken proper foods this lead to lot of complications in their activities
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on February 12, 2010:
Than you Koolkyle. Appreciate it
ko0lkyle on February 12, 2010:
Excellent hub and great factual information about herbs and natural remedies! I will enjoy following your hubs!
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on December 19, 2009:
It's a pleasure t08c15
t08c15 on December 18, 2009:
Thanks for the info. I'm bookmarking now before I forget
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on December 14, 2009:
sybleschitoskey on December 14, 2009:
Good info. I like your topics.
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on December 14, 2009:
thank you janet jenson. appreciate it
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on December 04, 2009:
It's a pleasure D.A.L
Dave from Lancashire north west England on December 04, 2009:
Thank you for this very interesting and informative hub. I have taken note of all the herbs for future uses.
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on November 30, 2009:
Thank you fastfreta.Take care of yourhealth and memory. My pleasure jacobkuttyta
Jacob from Delhi, India on November 30, 2009:
Thanks for the informative hub.
Look forward to reading more hubs.
Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on November 30, 2009:
This is one of those hubs to bookmark for future reference, especially the part about improving the memory. Thanks for the research. Very good hub, looking forward to reading more.
Cleanclover (author) from Piece of land! on November 29, 2009:
It's a pleasure Kaie and Violetsun
VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on November 29, 2009:
As much as I read about health and nutrition, I did not know that dried fruits such as figs helps to absorb aluminium. I have printed your list, as a reminder to stock my pantry with these goods.
Thanks for this info!
Kaie Arwen on November 29, 2009:
:-D Are you trying to tell me something? I will eat more fruit.......... age is creeping ever upward.
Thanks for the info.......... hopefully I can remember it!