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Adaptogenic herbs have been shown to reduce negative effects of stress. Due to decreased ability to handle stress and increased levels of glucocorticoids associated with aging and neurodegeneration, herbs with adaptogenic properties may be beneficial. Ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha, holy basil, and brahmi have a positive influence on stress response, mental function, and cognition.
Carotenoids are a class of naturally occurring plant pigments that provide bright red, orange, and yellow colors of fruits and vegetables. A balanced intake of mixed carotenoids, as found in a healthy diet, provides best protection against oxidative damage.
Folate and vitamins B6 and B12 are needed for proper brain function. Insufficiencies of these nutrients may result in forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, depression, dementia, and mood and sensory changes. One study stated that age-related impairment of cognitive function is likely related to vitamin deficiencies, and is "preventable or reversible with improved vitamins, especially vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate."
Additionally, scientists searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease have found a potential ally in herb sage. Checking writings of herbalists working four centuries ago, scientists in England found a marked improvement in memory capabilities of Alzheimer’s patients who took sage oil extract. The finding was consistent with a discovery by researchers at Universities' Medicinal Plant Research Center that sage protects a key chemical destroyed in Alzheimer's.
This list is not all inclusive and there could be a number of other factors (environment, diet, disease) that could be root cause of your CRS. However, starting with a few supplements may help you remember where you left your car keys!
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.