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Home > I Forget If I Have A Memory Problem

Dave Foreman

I Forget If I Have A Memory Problem

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

While working in my pharmacy, I had a regular customer who came in monthly to purchase her memory pills (lecithin). She would walk in and say, “Dave, I need my memory pills.”  Then she would reach down, pick up a bottle, and walk to the register. Several months later, she walked into my store and said, “Dave, I need my memory pills - but forget what they are.” My response was, “You must have been out of them for awhile!” I know that sounds cruel, but she laughed and we figured out what she needed. As our aging population continues to grow, this type of situation will grow, too.

Is your memory going bad because you have too many trains on the track, or because you are in the beginning stages of Age-Related Cognitive Decline (ARCD)? We all expect to lose a bit of our memory as we age. I remember my grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease during my last few years of pharmacy school. It was horrible. ARCD is related to Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia, but the onset is more gradual with ARCD than other forms of cognitive decline. People with ARCD have problems with memory and learning, thinking, use of language, attention and concentration, and many other functions of memory. My advice is if you or a loved one is suspicious of problems with cognition, please consult a qualified health care provider to get a proper diagnosis.

There are many reasons for our memory or thinking to decline, and regretfully, aging can be part of it. There are very sophisticated tests that can be done to see how severe a person’s decline might be. There are a few risk factors that need to be taken into account, too, including age, prior heart attack or heart failure, and being female. Obviously, these are just risk factors, and if you have any of them, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will have issues with ARCD.

Luckily for us, natural medicine offers several approaches to this condition. Let’s take a look at a few dietary changes that can be made to help delay the onset or maybe even prevent it from happening altogether.

First, make sure your diet is high in anti-oxidants. Berries, greens, and red, yellow and orange fruits and veggies are naturally high in antioxidants. Believe it or not, consuming a bit of caffeine can improve your cognitive abilities as well. I would rather have you use tea to get this caffeine, but I am also a realist, and coffee does offer caffeine and other health benefits, when consumed in moderation.

Lifestyle adjustments will also aid in the fight against this slowly developing condition, such as: stopping smoking, increasing exercise, and getting enough rest (all part of my Four Pillars of Great Health). Remember, following my Four Pillars (Supplements, Diet, Activity, and Prayer) will carry you a long way in every health challenge you face.

Let’s move into the supplement side of this condition. Mother Nature offers us a few exciting and science-based alternatives. Taking a supplement of Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) at a dose of 1500 mg per day has shown to significantly improve cognitive function, including memory, mood, and response to other health related issues. The response to ALC has even been shown to last for about a month after use of the supplement is stopped. One of my favorites for nervous system support is Phosphatidyl-serine (PS), or the newest version of PS, Alpha-GPC (Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine). Both provide a key nutrient used in neurotransmitter production (Choline). PS or Alpha GPC are mentioned in all of my recommendations for nervous system support. If you give the body the tools it needs, it will take care of itself. Science has shown that taking PS can significantly improve cognitive function and help a host of other nervous system disorders, including depression.

There are a few newcomers to the block when it comes to improving the symptoms of ARCD: vinpocetine and Huperzine A. Vinpocetine taken in doses of 30 to 60 mg per day has shown to improve the symptoms of those with dementia and cognitive decline. Huperzine A, on the other hand, may require 100-150 mcg taken 2 to 3 times per day to reach the desired effects. Both of these supplements tend to work in the first month to six weeks. As with any supplement program, you will want to allow 60-90 days before deciding if there is improvement.

Finally, it is important to remember that this condition comes on gradually, as opposed to its closely related conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. You need to take a proactive approach by incorporating the lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, etc.) along with your supplement program. Don’t give up. If one supplement doesn’t seem to work, either try a different compound or add something new. Also consult with your health care provider for additional assistance and recommendations.

 
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