Aging and memory loss needn’t necessarily go together

Getting older and losing your memory seem to go together. It seems a given that as you get older your memory will get poorer, that the effects of ageing on memory are just a part of life.

However that may not necessarily be the case. Aging and memory loss may not go together at all, not if you make some efforts to limit the effects of ageing on memory.

In fact there’s a range of things that you can do to help improve your memory, including a range of exercises. However, as our website is primarily intended to discuss the positive effects of fish oil supplementation, we shall not be going into memory exercises here. Rather we shall be discussing ways to improve memory through the use of appropriate nutrition and supplementation, and specifically using quality fish oil supplements.

The reason we discuss that today is that earlier this month at the American Academy of Neurology’s meeting in Honolulu a presentation discussed the results of research done at the University of California, San Francisco, on the effects of inflammation on memory loss in older people.Aging and memory loss

Gradually science is beginning to suspect that inflammation is at the root of a wide range of health complaints. It would seem that the ability of your body to become inflamed is a significant cause of a wider range of health conditions than many researchers suspected in the past. Not only that but research is also indicating that what you eat has a big bearing on the level of inflammation produced in your body.

The presentation in Honolulu, by a clinical professor of neuropsychology from UCSF, identified that higher levels of inflammation in older people equated with poorer memory. In other words aging itself doesn’t cause memory loss, it is some of the physiological processes associated with aging that can do this, and to an extent this can be reversed.

76 men and women with an average age over 70 were tested for signs of inflammation and also tested for their ability to recall words. They were also tested for various signs of inflammation in the brain. Those with more inflammation demonstrated poorer memory.

It is well known that one of the most significant benefits of increasing the amount of DHA and EPA in your diet is a reduction in inflammation. DHA and EPA are the 2 most important of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and DHA makes up a significant portion of your brain. Eating more fish, or taking fish oil supplements containing high levels of DHA and EPA will help improve the levels of these 2 essential fatty acids in your diet. They are powerful anti-inflammatories.

Research has clearly demonstrated that over the last century our intake of these essential fats has declined dramatically due to a reduction in the amount of fish in our diet. Memory loss may well be a consequence of this.

Of course aging and memory loss do go together to some extent. Inflammation to the point where it causes loss of memory and other cognitive decline is itself a physiological process which increases with age.

And of course there is also a wide range of other factors which can impact on cognitive ability and memory, excess alcohol consumption being one of the most well-known.

However the results of this study would suggest that taking fish oil supplements, or eating more oily fish high in Omega 3, may well help protect you against age-related memory loss to some extent, when combined with other commonsense steps, because of the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the essential fatty acids.

And of course reducing loss of memory is only one of the many health benefits of increasing your intake of DHA and EPA. We have discussed many of these health benefits on our website and you can read these using the categories listed on the right.

Whilst aging is impossible to prevent, memory loss may not be. If you’re concerned about loss of memory you should always consult your doctor first, but there are also some other prudent steps that you can take to help limit the risks of cognitive decline with age. Keeping up a good intake of the Omega 3 fats is one of these.

Other steps can include paying more attention to your diet, and whilst we don’t intend to canvas the subject of general diet and memory loss you can find some more good information on other websites about diet and memory loss.

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