What is your suggestion for a 70-year-old whose memory isn’t as sharp as it once was?
Q. Dear Terry, “What is your suggestion for a 70-year-old whose memory isn’t as sharp as it once was?” — John I., Denver, CO
A. Dear John, Our body, including our brain, is constantly under attack from free radicals. Free radicals are harmful substances that can result from our diet, environment, stress, lack of exercise, and aging. There are normal changes in the brain that occur due to the aging process, but to limit the damage, we can protect ourselves with scientifically proven ingredients.
The natural medicines I recommend for memory are curcumin, vitamin D, and oils of rosemary and Spanish sage.
Curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so you should choose a curcumin that features excellent absorption with results that have been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin. Also, this curcumin has the ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier, which is a protective netting around the brain that, when functioning properly, allows beneficial substances in and keeps harmful substances out. This means that curcumin can effectively reach the brain and target the brain cells.
Rosemary and Spanish sage are two very important botanicals that have a long history of use for assisting with memory and learning. They are both potent antioxidants and help to preserve acetylcholine, which is a messenger in the brain that supports memory and learning. Low levels of acetylcholine have been associated with memory problems and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essentials oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Lastly, vitamin D is important for every cell in the body and plays a large role in our cognitive abilities. In fact, studies have shown that vitamin D deficiencies can increase the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I recommend 2000 IU per day for maintenance.
I would take these four ingredients two times per day. Together, they have an antioxidant effect on the brain cells, which helps shield the brain from free radicals. These ingredients also help to support and enhance memory and mental function.
For additional support, I would consider CoQ10, staying social with family and friends, doing crossword puzzles or other brain games, and maintaining a regular exercise regimen.
Terry . . . Naturally