Everybody has memory problems, especially when we get older. Birthdays and appointments sometimes slip our minds. Sometimes you might find yourself in mid-sentence and suddenly forget what you were going to say. These random acts of forgetfulness are normal and usually just mean that you are tired or stressed. The good news is that some recent research has uncovered some simple strategies that you can use to boost your memory.
- Use Epsom salts in your bath. Epsom salts are loaded with magnesium. Magnesium contains a compound that strenghthens synapses and nerve connections in the brain. By raising the level of magnesium in your bloodstream, you can combat memory loss and enhance your ability to learn. If you can take a bath with epsom salts, the magnesium will get soaked up through your pores, allowing magnesium to enter your system faster than if you took a magnesium supplement.
- Take vitamin B3. According to medical experts at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, vitamin B3 (also known as niacin) can restore brain function to folks who have had strokes, as well as promote the growth of new blood vessels in the brain. They recommend that you take 14 mg. of magnesium supplements each day or eat beets, brewer's yeast, salmon, tuna or peanuts--all of which are loaded with magnesium.
- Watch a sad movie. In a recent study, researchers found that by making yourself temporarily sad you can become more focused and attentive and can recall past events more clearly. Apparently making yourself sad by, for example, watching a sad movie, gives your brain a memory jolt.
- Chew gum. Recent research by the Japanese suggests that the act of chewing increases heart rate and therefore sends more memory-boosting oxygen to the brain. But, if you do chew gum, make sure that you chew sugarless gum for the sake of your teeth.
- Eat avocados. Avocados contain oleic acid which, during the digestion process, can trigger memory-enhancing signals in the brain, resulting in better long-term memory.