Loss of memory impacts all our lives, no matter how old we are. Poor memory is also hugely detrimental, particularly if we have exams to revise for or a speech to remember.
Many of us might resign to the fact that we have a poor memory and simply have to work harder than others to memorise our math homework, or that fifty page speech we need to give next week at a dinner party. Likewise, older people may falsely believe that dementia is down to genetics of sheer bad luck, and thus will do nothing about warding off the demons of memory loss.
But our memory’s can, in fact, be improved. They can be enhanced, and Alzheimer’s can be batted away. Okay, so we might not be able to improve them to the extent that we’re as good as Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, but we can certainly strengthen our memory by altering our lifestyles and diet a little. Vitamin E, for example, is linked to our memory processes. According to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland, vitamin E, which is riddled with antioxidants, is particularly potent in protecting elderly people against memory disorders.
Vitamin E includes serum, and it has been found that elderly people with high levels of vitamin E serum have stronger memories than those with lower levels. The research at the University of Eastern Finland only went as far as suggesting that vitamin E slows the progression of Alzheimer’s, as opposed to completely stopping it from developing in the first place, but the results are promising. Coupled with studies conducted in 2013, which found that out of a group of Alzheimer sufferers given vitamin E, and a group given memantine, those given vitamin E showed stronger brain power and more stable cognitive performance. Again, the research concluded that cognitive decline is slowed rather than completely prevented – but once more, the results are promising.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant supplement, and can be found in a variety of food sources. Too much can result in health problems, but the right amount can certainly lead to improved health. Food sources include:
- Kiwi fruit
- Sunflower oil
- Olive oil
The conclusion is that, although vitamin E is by no means a wonder cure, it is a natural antioxidant supplement that can significantly preserve our cognitive faculties. And it is moreover worth noting that antioxidants can protect against cancer and heart disease.