MEN’S HEALTH: Clarity, Focus and Memory

may-_2-mh.jpgThere are non-drug nutrients which can help you to maintain clear thinking and cognition as you age. Some are powerful antioxidants, others are anti-aging supplements that directly influence the brain.

Roger is worried. Most of his life he’d been the picture of men’s health, with a firm handshake and a quick wit. Now, he can’t always remember the people he’s known all his life. Objects that seem familiar to him no longer have names. Roger quietly admits to his wife — Delores — that he’s afraid that one day he won’t know who she is. “Don’t worry, Honey,” she tells him with the same sweet smile she had when they met, forty-eight years before. “It doesn’t matter whether or not you know who I am. I know who you are!” How can we prevent men’s health from deteriorating in this regard?

Over the course of our lives, we can lose up to fifty percent of our ability to perform tasks associated with memory. It may appear inevitable that we all eventually lose our mental edge, but it isn’t necessary.

How sharp you remain over the years is more dependent on what you eat and drink and how active you are, than on your genetics. How you age mentally and physically is up to you. The choices you make every day determine both your physical health and how well your mind will perform in the years ahead.

An anti-aging diet, certain herbal supplements and getting some daily exercise can forestall or prevent a lot of cognitive decline. Research in Europe and America confirm that dietary supplementation can reduce the normal aging of our brains and help us maintain our intellectual capacity. Specific nutrients can even reverse some age-related decline of memory.

A study in Italy revealed that gingko biloba worked just as well as the latest pharmaceuticals to treat Alzheimer’s-related dementia. An article in the Journal of the AMA stated that gingko biloba extract “was safe and appears capable of stabilizing and, in a substantial number of cases, improving the cognitive performance and the social functioning of demented patients…”

A research study of people 55-85 years old, given the brain enhancing-nutrient phosphatidyl serine (PS) for 12 weeks, showed they were able to remember names better, recall the location of objects, and better recall details from previous days and weeks.

The largest double-blind clinical trial ever conducted on PS showed ‘mature adults’ maintained more mental fitness and concentration if they coupled a good diet and exercise with the ingestion of phosphatidyl serine. Even the conservative FDA had to admit that “limited and preliminary research suggested that PS may reduce the risk of both cognitive dysfunction and dementia.” But they also warned against taking PS if taking prescription blood thinners.

The DHA in fish oils and the powerful antioxidants in blueberries and bilberry have also been shown to exert positive effects on cognition in the later years of life. All of these nutrients can contribute to men’s health by keeping you physically well and mentally fit throughout your long, productive life.

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