We all forget things now and then. If you occasionally lose your keys, it’s not a big deal. If, however, you can’t remember what you just said and your memory problems continue to get worse, it’s time to pay attention. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be totally disabling for their victims, and difficult and heartbreaking for family members to deal with.

The following are some suggestions to help protect your brain and regain lost memory.

The first step is to eliminate foods that are harmful to your brain. A type of food called excitotoxins can slow brain function. They vibrate or excite your cells to death and include such substances as artificial preservatives, sweeteners, and colors. Most of us have been eating junk foods with these substances our whole lives – mice on a junk-food diet for only nine months were found to have brain damage.

Medicines that affect your mind should be the next to go. Alcohol (which is a drug) can kill brain cells, and the more hangovers you’ve had, the worse it is. Medications that contain dyphenhydramine, such as allergy medications and most medications that end in “PM,” can cause cognitive fatigue or brain fog.

Your level of “brain-derived neurotropic factor” (BDNF) contributes to heightened alertness, sharper focus, and sharper memory and there’s no better way to increase it than exercise. You can take supplements, but exercise raises your levels faster.

Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a strong antioxidant that reduces the plaque deposits that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

Vinpocetine is an herb that can increase cerebral blood flow and can improve cognitive impairment.

Theobromine, which is found in tea, coffee, carob, and chocolate, is similar to caffeine and increases the flow of oxygen to your brain which, in turn, improves your energy and your moods.

These are just a few of the many actions and supplements you can take to improve your brain function. Take steps now to keep your brain as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.

Read the full article here: How to Improve Memory