Don’t take it for granted that your thinking processes will slow as you age and that your memory is doomed to be foggy. Research shows that three nutrients and an herb may keep you thinking and remembering better.
Researchers at the University of Florida have designed a brain-boosting supplement that includes extracts from blueberries and green tea along with vitamin D3 and amino acids, including carnosine, and tested its memory effects on more than 100 people aged 65 to 85.
“After two months, test results showed modest improvements in two measures of cognitive processing speed for those taking (the supplement),” says researcher Brent Small. “Processing speed is most often affected early on in the course of cognitive aging. Successful performance in processing tasks often underlies more complex cognitive outcomes, such as memory and verbal ability.”
The researchers attribute the benefits of these nutrients to antioxidants that reduce inflammation.
“The basis for the use of polyphenol-rich nutritional supplements as a moderator of age-related cognitive decline is the age-related increase in oxidative stress and inflammation,” says researcher Paula C. Bickford. “Non-vitamin polyphenols (like those in blueberries) are the most abundant modulators of oxidative stress and inflammation in our diet.”