Ever pull your car out of the garage and forget where you were headed? Or “lose” the keys when they’re right in your hand? How about you start writing something and then… um… where was I again?
As much as we like to joke about them, those little lapses that strike as we get older can be frustrating AND alarming.
But there are two things every senior need to know about these so-called senior moments:
- They don’t always mean you’re at risk for dementia.
- They can be stopped and reversed, giving you a “teenage” memory once again.
That’s right. No more senior moments!
All you have to do is give your brain the fuel it needs to stay sharp. And that’s ESPECIALLY true for that all-important region where the “working memory” you rely on to get through each day is headquartered.
Dropping GABA levels could trigger “senior moments”
As we get older, a lot of things change, both inside and outside.
Some are obvious, because we can SEE them.
“OMG is that another gray hair?”
Others are obvious even when we can’t see them because we FEEL them instead.
“Drifting off at 9? Holy smokes! I used to stay up until Carson signed off.”
But the most sinister changes are the ones we can’t see or feel. Not at first, anyway.
This is one of them: As we get older, levels of a key brain chemical called GABA start to plunge. And that, as it turns out, may be a key piece of the memory puzzle.
In tests on seniors, the folks who kept sharpest despite their advancing years had somehow managed – against all odds – to maintain much higher levels of this critical neurotransmitter.
More importantly, they had higher levels in the frontal lobe regions of their brains. That’s the area which handles complex reasoning and the “working memory” you rely on every single day to learn new things and make decisions.
It’s what allows you to do things such as hold onto a grocery list in the back of your mind while you juggle taking a phone call and making breakfast at the same time.
In other words, GABA makes us good multitaskers.
Give yourself an IRONCLAD memory
Working memory tends to decline with age, right along with that dropping GABA. And cognitive struggles usually follow.
Since the two clearly work hand in hand, stopping that GABA drop is critical to putting the brakes on brain aging and preserving your memory.
As a result of this research, a growing number of experts believe a quick GABA boost could help to rejuvenate your memory, restoring the quick recall you once took for granted.
Essentially, it can turn back time in the brain.
But here’s where things get a bit tricky.
You can find GABA supplements. But there’s debate over how much they can help with your memory since this form can’t easily pass through the blood-brain barrier.
L-theanine, however, can trigger your body to make more of its own GABA. And of course the form your body produces passes into your brain more easily. You can get more L-theanine in your diet from green tea and/or a supplement.
The glutamic acid found in poultry, meat, fish, and eggs can also be converted into GABA in your body and put to work in your brain improving your memory. So make sure to eat plenty of animal based proteins.
Don’t let your calendar age determine your brain age. Get to work on boosting your levels of memory supporting GABA starting TODAY.