Throughout our lifetime, the brain changes more than any other part of our body. Brain aging is inevitable but it may not be uniform. Though it affects everyone, its impact is different for every brain. With age, the size of the brain changes as it starts shrinking. As a result, incidence of stroke, white matter lesions, dementia and loss of memory also rise with age.
The brain starts shrinking around the age of 60 or 70 years. The frontal lobe and hippocampus–the areas that involve higher cognitive function and encoding new memories are the first to shrink.
While every brain changes with age, the mental functions change along with it. While mental decline is a fearful consequence of aging, the cognitive impairment is not inevitable. Here are some ways by which you can help maintain brain function and delay brain aging or stop premature brain aging.
Mental stimulation: Scientists have found that activities that require the brain to be alert stimulate new connections between nerve cells and help the brain to generate new cells. Hence, mentally stimulating activities like word puzzles, math problems, or even drawing, help to build up your brain.
Physical exercise: Studies have shown that using your muscles helps your mind. If you exercise regularly it can increase the number of tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood into the brain. Exercise also increases the development of new nerve cells and the connections between brain cells. This keeps the brain more active and efficient.
Improve your diet: It is well known that good nutrition helps to keep the mind healthy. People who include lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, unsaturated oils and plant sources of proteins in their diets are less likely to develop cognitive impairment.
Improve your blood pressure: High blood pressure increases the risk of cognitive decline in old age. So modify your lifestyle to keep your pressure as low as possible. Exercise regularly, reduce stress, and eat right.
Improve your blood sugar: Diabetes is a risk factor for dementia. So try to prevent diabetes by eating right, exercising regularly, and staying healthy.
Avoid stress and anxiety: People who are stressed, anxious, depressed, sleep-deprived, or exhausted score poorly on cognitive function tests. These factors are increased risk of cognitive decline in old age.
Besides these factors, these three Ayurvedic medicines help to delay brain aging.
Mentace tablets by Brihatri
Mentace is an Ayurvedic medicine manufactured by Brihatri. It is a powerhouse of antioxidant properties that destroy the free radicals and relieve stress from the tensed cells of the body. This Ayurvedic drug is widely used as a cure for stress and anxiety that lead to premature brain aging. The Mentace tablets also work well in calming anxiety neurosis that is on a high rise these days.
While this popular anxiolytic herbal medicine does the job of calming the nerves, its combination with yoga and a balanced diet does wonders to treat stress, anxiety and depression.
It is recommended to take 2 tablets twice a day or as advised by your Ayurvedic physician. Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women should take it only after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor.
Brento Forte tablets by Zandu
Brento Forte tablet is an Ayurvedic proprietary product manufactured by Zandu Pharma. Brento Forte is made from the extracts of herbs like shankhapushpi, brahmi, ashwagandha, and jyotishmati that are known as potent brain tonics. The extracts ensure better bioavailability and higher potency. Brento Forte is helpful in increasing cognitive functions, memory power, concentration span, and ability. It also helps to cope with stress and keeps the mind calm and vigilant. Brento Forte also helps to keep us mentally active, and can correct senile dementia. The herbal medicine works well for poor concentration, weak memory, reduced cognitive functions, mental debility, and restlessness.
It is suggested that 1-2 tablets twice or thrice a day can be taken or as advised by your Ayurvedic physician.
Memorin capsules by SG Phytopharma
Memorin capsule is an Ayurvedic medicine manufactured by SG Phytopharma. It is a remedy for improving mental functions. Memorin capsules normalises neuro-metabolism and micro-circulation within brain tissues, improves neuro- communication, overcomes mental irritability, and fatigue. The herbal drug also creates an adoptogenic attitute, overcomes anxiety, temperamental inadequacies, and emotional disorders, stimulating memory and concentration.
Memorin capsules contains:
Mandookparni: Improves mental capacity and concentration.
Shankhpushpi: Normalises neuro-metabolism, overcomes mental fatigue.
Jatamansi: Improves intellect and checks CNS irritability.
Yashtimadhu: Improves neuro-action.
Smruti sagar: Enhances memory, mental balance, and intellect.
It is suggested that 1 capsule twice a day can be taken or as suggested by your Ayurvedic doctor
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