I have been concentrating a lot on supplements lately and diet, but there is more to life than those aspects (although diet and supplements are very important.)
I was reading an interesting article on magnesium. More and more research is showing that most diets are not including enough magnesium to help with deteriorating brain function. Of more interest to some folks (especially older folks) is that you can actually increase the functionality of your brain with increased brain function.
A study done at MIT and Tsinghua University in Beijing was done to test the impact of magnesium on the learning abilities, working memory and short and long term memory in lab rats. The study showed that people who got less than 400 mg of magnesium per day were more at risk for various diseases. Magnesium is generally found in green leafy veggies, yet another reason to eat them in mass quantities. But as people age they tend to get less and less of this mineral which has shown to help with memory and other brain functions. A fact I was unaware of is that half the population in industrialized nations don’t get enough magnesium. Who knew? Check your multi-mineral to make sure you are getting enough… Link to original article….
But for people who want to stay sharp into old age there is also the definite “use it or lose it” school of thought. I am totally in this group as well. My mom is 82 and still very sharp. She does daily crosswords, word search and is a voracious reader. Now the books she reads are sappy romance novels for the most part, but at least she’s using her brain. Her long and short term memory seems to be as sharp as ever to me. Way to go Mom! She even is using e-mail, which is something many folks over 60 are missing out on. Don’t know how I’d get by without the internet and I hope I never have to find out. Neuro-Mag™ Magnesium L-Threonate, 90 vegetarian capsules
One cool thing about the internet is that you never know what you are going to stumble across. It might be something as mind numbing as Awkward Family Photos (don’t go there if you don’t want to laugh and get distracted) but it can also provide something as cool as Lumosity, which is a brain training website I’ve become somewhat addicted to. Addicted in a good way. The games there (some are free and some cost a couple bucks) are fun and are specific to exercising your brain.