Few things are more frustrating than trying to pull up an elusive name, date, or detail from the depths of your memory. Personally, I think many people needlessly panic when this happens. Baby Boomers, for example tend to push the panic button so quickly that I suspect some live right next to the infamous button… with their finger hovering over it.
Don’t get me wrong, protecting your mind is serious business. HOWEVER, every little misplaced name and every song title you can’t come up with do not signal despair, memory loss, or (most certainly!) symptoms of Alzheimer’s. More times than not they signal:
- A full life that is so packed with information some of it gets misplaced from time to time
- A period of your life that is incredibly busy – physically and emotionally: Often caring for aging parents, worrying (Heaven help us all!) about children who are in or entering adulthood, paying off cars and houses – all while working full time. It’d be a miracle if names, places, and things didn’t get misplaced in the midst of all of that.
To stay mentally sharp and improve your memory, remember this mantra: Prepare, don’t panic. Strengthen your mind with crossword puzzles, Brain Games (Try the Lumosity Brain Training Program for Only $6.60 a month.), plenty of sleep and relaxation, and a healthy mental diet.
You might want to start that diet off with a juice that’s wonderful for your memory: Blueberry juice.
Scientists at the University of Cincinnati have evidence that blueberry juice actually enhances memory. In a study reported in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 16 study participants in their seventies (and older) who were having memory lapses were given either 20 ounces of blueberry juice daily or 20 ounces of a placebo.
The placebo didn’t contain any sort of fruit juice at all.
After 12 weeks, the participants were tested on memory function, including word association and list learning. Here’s the exciting part – The blueberry-juice drinkers showed a significant increase in memory and recall abilities. The study also suggested that the juice drinkers experienced a reduction in symptoms of depression and may even have lowered their glucose levels!
So, what are you waiting for? Go buy your blueberry juice today!