How to Improve Memory

Nov 10, 2009 by

How to Improve MemoryMany people are concerned with how to improve memory. Although memory loss is commonly associated with aging, people of all age groups have an interest in remembering their experiences in greater detail and with increased accuracy. Isn’t it impressive when someone can recall the exact date of a mutually shared experience in the past? If you’re interested in how to improve memory, there are a multitude of things you can do to oil up your mental trap.

Some of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your memory will sound very familiar: Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and eat right. Exercise increases circulation, which increases the brain’s efficiency. Also, regularly moving your body around has been shown in studies to encourage the formation of new neural connections, which results in a more flexible brain as well as a healthier body. Sleep boosts your mental powers as well through its restorative properties. And as far as diet is concerned, studies show that fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants do the same by preserving brain structures against oxidant damage. Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oils are another essential brain booster: these lipid compounds help maintain the myelin sheath around nerve shafts, which results in faster and more efficient transmission of nerve impulses. Eating fewer, smaller meals also has been shown to enhance mental capacity.

Furthermore, exercise shouldn’t be confined to merely physical exercise. Perhaps you’ve heard before that “the brain is a muscle”, and that if you want it to stay strong, you’ve got to work it out. That seems right, but is it?

As far as we can tell, yes: studies show that people who participate in mentally-engaging activities like puzzles, chess, and other logic games respond more quickly to stimuli and are more likely to give detailed accounts of events. Brain exercises for memory improvement can be as simple as trying out a new activity (either physical or mental) that you’ve never done before: for instance, if you’re right handed, practice writing with your left hand. It will be hard and awkward at first, and the writing you produce will probably look rather kindergartner-ish because you’ll be challenging your brain to use a neural pathway (left handwriting) that is often underdeveloped in righties. However, if you keep up with it, your brain will start forming and strengthening neural connections along this pathway, making it more resilient and flexible overall. And as a bonus, with time and practice your “wrong hand writing” will actually improve!

There also may be some truth to the old adage “mind over matter”: convincing yourself that your memory is poor will only be a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are then more likely to feel dejected about your memory, which will in turn inhibit your concentration and therefore your ability to recount specific instances throughout your day.

Concentration, in fact, is the key to observation. After all, how will you remember something if you weren’t really looking at it in the first place? This is another instance in which participating in logic games and puzzles can be beneficial for people who want to know how to improve memory. Logic games train us to think differently about a given situation and see it with fresh eyes in order to solve the proposed problem; in the process, they train us to become more observant of our surroundings, especially the details we might otherwise miss. In other words, puzzles and logic games train us to better observe and notice things in our environment, which feeds directly into creating more vivid memories of events, people, and places. If you are able to think more consciously about noticing specific, concrete details as things are happening, and can focus your concentration to tune out distractions (which can be devastating to your short-term memory), you’ll be much more able to remember them later.

These are all some great, basic common-sense ways to get your brain firing on all cylinders. But if you’re still wondering how to improve your memory, you’re probably thinking, “Is there anything else I can do?”

Indeed there is: There are a few extremely effective herbal products we found, that contain ingredients that have actually been clinically proven to help increase memory. At the top of the heap is something better than a memory pill; it’s an herbal tincture called Cognihance. Cognihance has been shown in pre-clinical trials to significantly boost memory retention rates and retention skill as well.

Cognihance contains several ingredients which work synergistically to help you improve your memory, including celastrus seed, brahmi, gingko, gotu kola, and stevia. You may have heard of celastrus seed and brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) as Ayurvedic herbs that have long been used in India to improve memory and cognitive function, possibly by assisting the function and synthesis of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine. Brahmi and gotu kola also have documented stress-relieving properties, a definite boon if chronic stress is impeding your ability to remember everyday items! Gingko biloba has been used in Chinese medicine for its ability to improve blood circulation in the body, which may also have its effects on improving memory. Finally, though you may have heard of stevia mainly as a popular sugar substitute, some studies have shown it also may interact beneficially with the NMDA receptor in the brain– a receptor that regulates learning, memory and attention span. Stevia may help to increase these functions in both old and young subjects.

There are several reasons to give Cognihance a try: It’s safe (all of the herbs used in the proprietary formula are “generally regarded as safe” by the FDA, hence their GRS status), inexpensive, easy to take, and your satisfaction is guaranteed. With such a generous offer, there’s no reason not to at least give it a try!

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  1. charmaine abraham

    I seem to shake a lot especially in my head.what can I take

  2. Hi Charmaine,
    We looked into this a bit, and it seems that a tremor could be the result of several things. It could be a sign of vitamin B or vitamin E deficiency in your diet, for instance. Shaking can also be a sign that you are under stress or anxiety. Finally, it’s possible that your shaking could be a sign of an underlying medical condition. The best thing to do would be to consult your doctor about the cause of your shaking. A doctor will be able to give you a much better diagnosis and hopefully rule out any serious underlying causes. Hope that helps!