Of all the problems that elderly people struggle with most, brain or neurological degeneration is among the worst. While physical degeneration is problematic and painful, losing memory, feeling panicked and general age related brain disorders can ruin the lives of aging parents.
Neurological degeneration is nearly assured, but there are many natural methods to halt or in some cases even reverse the brain damage of old age. Many of the following natural remedies have been used by traditional Chinese and Indian societies for thousands of years.
This is one of the oldest and most well-known Ayurvedic Indian herbs, which is native to northern regions of the subcontinent. For thousands of years, bacopa monniera has been used to reduce cognitive decline and improve mood. In fact, a 2001 study showed that the learning rate, memory consolidation, and improvements to anxiety were far better than a placebo. There are five separate studies proving the efficacy of bacopa monniera for working memory and memory as well.
Biloba is less well-researched than bacopa monniera, but it is also part of ancient tradition. Chinese medicine adopted the use of ginkgo biloba for treatment in a variety of brain disorders. Modern scientists have found that ginkgo biloba is a useful tool for treating Alzheimer’s disease. A comprehensive meta-analysis looked at 9 studies and concluded that this herb was more powerful than a placebo for preventing dementia and neuro degenerative diseases.
Another powerful herb is Asian ginseng, which also hails from traditional Chinese medicine. The funding for Asian ginseng tests is fantastic and existing studies show a positive correlation with this herb and brain health including mood enhancement and especially attention. Elderly people combining Asian ginseng and ginkgo biloba can see an exponentially powerful neuro protective effect.
Although caffeine gets a bad reputation, this is primarily due to people consuming in excess. However, in moderation caffeine is incredibly effective for memory protection in elderly individuals. Studies show that working and semantic memory are greatly improved and there are links that show it can help prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
There are many different kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, but EPA and DHA are particularly important for the human brain. Modern agricultural diets consist of primarily omega-6 fats, which are healthy, but not when out of balance. Flaxseed is not a good source of omega-3s, but fish oil is a powerful neuro protective that can help to correct the brain imbalance of omega-3s to omega-6s.
Starting with Natural Remedies for Brain Health
All of these natural methods are perfect for elderly individuals to start taking their brain health seriously. However, it is imperative that routine mental tracking take place to understand the efficacy for each individual. Using specific online applications, it is possible to test whether these natural remedies have any impact on neuro degeneration. This can help the elderly to use new protective measures that show quantifiable results.
About the author
Eric Balaster is a senior brain health writer. He has spent years researching health practices for the human brain including diet and lifestyle choices. Natural remedies were integral in providing his grandfather with improved memory and preventing neurological decline.