The Fundamentals

Memory is defined as the mental registration, retention, and recall of past experiences, knowledge, ideas, sensations, and thoughts. Registration of experience is favored by clear comprehension during intense consciousness. Retention is usually determined by how exciting or dull an experience is. Recall means the reproduction of a memory in consciousness. Recall may fall because the memory has been obliterated or because an individual does not wish to remember. Old age sometimes causes the memory to fail due to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. Memory loss or confused memory may also be caused by maniacal states, paranoia, or brain disease. Short-term memory loss is the inability to recall events in the immediate past, where as long-term involves the lack of recall of experiences and information in the distant past. There is also impaired memory, in which the individual is unable to remember bits of information or behavioral skills. Impaired memory may be attributed to pathophysiological or situational causes that are either temporary or permanent.

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About Memory Loss
General Memory Loss
emporary lapse of memory is a normal and very common occurrence. Everyone experiences it at one time or another, however, these occurrences become more frequent as the individual ages. Part of the normal age-related decline in memory results from the cumulative demands on attention that build over a lifetime. A deficiency of neurotransmitters (the brain's chemical messengers), is another aspect of age-related memory loss. Acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain that is involved in the conversion of "working memory" into "permanent memory", can be increased by nutritional supplements.
Memory loss that involves information necessary to function normally is cause for medical attention. This kind of loss includes forgetting where one lives or a loved one's name. Dementia (see Alzheimer's) is a progressive loss of memory and inability for the brain to function properly. Dementia sometimes occurs in those younger than 50, and may be related to viral infections, alcoholism, thyroid disorders, manic or severe depression, and brain tumor, among others.
There are many ways to help maintain memory function and improve concentration and mental performance. Physical activity, especially aerobic, is essential. Learning new things and practicing memorizing is important as well, as is eating colorful fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenes and flavonoids. Additionally, there are a number of herbal supplements that are extremely helpful in maintaining a healthy and functioning memory. Ginkgo is perhaps the most well-known and popular herb these days. Perhaps the reason is that over 50 studies have proven the efficacy of Ginkgo in treating dementia caused by stroke and Alzheimer's Disease. Siberian Ginseng has also shown itself to be effective in restoring memory and improving overall health. Because Nettles contains the mineral boron which can double the levels of estrogen in the body, and studies have proven that estrogen helps improve short-term memory, this is a very helpful supplement as well. Co-Q-10 (or "ubiquinone") is a fat-soluble vitamin central to the body's production of energy. Lack of oxygen utilized by the brain is believed to be involved in impaired memory. Clinical tests have shown that when administered for 4 to 12 weeks, Co-Q-10 has shown results in reversing the effects of Alzheimer's and general memory loss. Maca root is full of minerals and vitamins including amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E, and calcium and zinc, just to name a few. It is an excellent supplement in promoting mental clarity. Additionally, conditions such as insomnia, mental fatigue, and memory problems have been shown to improve with the use of Schizandra, as well as improvements with concentration. Finally, Kava root has shown in clinical studies to be comparable to anxiety drugs like Xanax. It was determined that while Xanax and Valium cause sluggishness and mental impairment, Kava actually improved memory, concentration, and cognitive function.
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