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Are you forgetful?

You may have a deficiency of Vitamin B.

What is forgetfulness and how does it differ from Dementia?

Loss of memory is a common symptom, particular in the elderly, but memory loss may also be associated with lack of concentration.  Many people fear a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease but many other possibilities exist, including simply the normal deterioration of memory function with aging. Other possibilities include the side effects of various medications and other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, certain brain conditions (e.g. stroke or brain tumors) and dietary deficiency.

Nutrition and memory

Occasional memory lapses are a natural part of life at any age, and memory should not necessarily deteriorate with age unless there is also Alzheimer’s disease.  Most memory lapses have nothing to do with this disease, however, and with proper diet and nutrition the memory should remain good until well into old age.

 Reasons for memory loss can include insufficient supply of necessary nutrients to the brain, high cholesterol and triglycerides, insufficient nutrients to make relevant neurotransmitters, free radical damage caused by oxidation, menopause, allergies, stress, thyroid disorders, hypoglycaemia and poor circulation to the brain.  Boredom and not paying attention to what needs to be remembered can also be a cause for poor memory.

 To improve your memory:

Eat a diet high in raw and lightly steamed vegetables.
Eat brewer’s yeast, brown rice, millet, wheat-germ, soybeans, nuts, seeds, legumes, and eggs.
Eat oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, sardine, pilchard at least three times per week.  When not eating these, take fish oil supplements.
Avoid sugar and anything containing sugar, white flour, white rice and all refined food.
Avoid alcohol.

More information about memory and vitamin B

A study published in Neuropsychology in 2004 found that low vitamin B12 is associated with poorer memory in older people with the high-risk genetic makeup for Alzheimer’s (http://www.apa.org/releases/cognitivesupport.html). This said "Those with a specific genetic makeup which increases the risk of Alzheimer’s may derive relatively greater cognitive benefits from B12 and folate supplements. Supplement treatment is relatively inexpensive and may be required as part of preventive health regimes for older persons.”



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