(Naturalhealth365) For many baby boomers, it’s an unpleasant irony – the generation that famously said “Never trust anyone over thirty!” is now, itself, experiencing the undeniable signs of cognitive decline due to aging. For example, the statistics on Alzheimer’s suggest we have a serious health crisis on our hands – especially as we move closer to 2050.
But, the main point – of this article – is that poor brain function is avoidable.
Memory loss, forgetfulness, decreased ability to maintain focus, reductions in problem-solving abilities – these symptoms (sometimes known as “senior moments”) can all signal mild age-related cognitive decline. And cognitive decline, if untreated, can potentially progress to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
If you are experiencing mild cognitive decline, however, take heart: the ‘top ten’ natural nutrients – listed below – can help to optimize brain function, preventing and even reversing the early signs of dementia.
What causes cognitive decline?
A variety of physical changes in the aging brain can trigger cognitive impairment and memory loss. Age-related thinning of the cerebral cortex, a decrease in the production of neurotransmitters (the brain’s “chemical messengers”) and the accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles and plaques in the brain can all compromise cognitive ability.
Factors contributing to these physical changes can include chronic inflammation, declining hormones, oxidative stress and arterial dysfunction. Lifestyle issues – such as obesity, overweight, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, and physical and chronic emotional stress – can also set the stage for age-related cognitive impairment.