Brain Health For The Millennials
As any parent knows, young people think they are immortal and they take risks.
However, they can also protect themselves.
A certain degree of memory impairment is a normal consequence of ageing. However, what is less widely known is that this decline begins as early as the mid-30s,andpermanently affects memory and recall. What is even less widely known among people aged 35 years and under is that many of their behaviours can damage their brain.
However, the good news is that there are many simple proactive and empowering strategies which they can adopt that will safeguard their brain health, both now and long into their future. Don’t wait for cognitive and memory problems to appear before doing something about them–prevention is always better than cure. Here are the risk factors and how to significantly reduce their impact.
Young people can have an inadequate intake of essential nutrients due to many factors. These may include stresses and pressure of study and work; late nights and excess partying; smoking and recreational drug use; and overindulgence in alcohol, which strips the body of B-group vitamins and magnesium that are crucial to neural health,brain development and performance.
Additionally, young teens may experience growth spurts which increase nutrient requirements or
- follow a low-fat diet to regulate cholesterol, as fatty foods will gradually clog arteries and reduce oxygen flow to the brain.
- eat foods rich in carnitine, such as lean meat, cheese and eggs; non-animal sources include beans, whole grain breads and cereals and asparagus. Beans and wholegrains also contain lecithin, needed to make acetylcholine, a vital neuro transmitter.
- the antioxidant vitamins C and E protect the young brain from damage by neutralising free radicals and reducing the protein plaques associated with impaired memory. The B-complex vitamins are specific for brain development, with research showing even slight short falls in vitamin B12 and folic acid cause mental sluggishness by elevating levels of homocysteine (an amino acid).
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Preliminary findings from a study into the effects of sage (Salvia officinalis) extract on cognitive performance in adolescents aged 12-14 years, and young adults aged 18-25 years have important benefits for these two age groups. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study that involved computer-based word recall tasks was conducted with two single doses of Sibelius Sage (anextract of the herb sage), which resulted in consistent and significant effects on the cognitive performance of both age groups. Consistent with previous studies of Sibelius Sage in older people, specific improvements were noted in the following aspects of cognitive performance: attention, working memory and short-term episodic memory (immediate recall). Given the importance of maximising cognitive potential during high school, tertiary education and training, and then when starting and establishing a career in a competitive and fast-changing world, this natural memory booster should be of interest to younger people as well as older people who have, up until now, been considered the only ones who need this support.
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